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Commandos (1968)

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Sgt. Sullivan puts together a group of Italian-Americans into disguise as Italian soldiers in order to infiltrate a North African camp held by the Italians. After the soldiers have knifed ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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MSgt. Sullivan
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Captain Valli
Giampiero Albertini ...
Aldo
Marino Masé ...
Italian Lt. Tomassini
Götz George ...
Oberleutnant Rudi
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Corbi
Ivano Staccioli ...
Rodolfo, Radio Man
Marilù Tolo ...
Adriana
Joachim Fuchsberger ...
Oberleutnant Heitzel Agen (Professor) (as Akim Berg)
Heinz Reincke ...
Offizier Hans
Helmut Schmid ...
Sergeant Miller
Otto Stern ...
Sergeant Braumann
Pier Luigi Anchisi ...
Riccio
Gianni Brezza ...
Marco
Duilio Del Prete ...
Bruno
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Storyline

Sgt. Sullivan puts together a group of Italian-Americans into disguise as Italian soldiers in order to infiltrate a North African camp held by the Italians. After the soldiers have knifed the Italians in their beds, they find a hooker living at the camp. Sullivan's commandos are to hold this camp and its weaponry until an American battalion arrives, all the while these Italian-Americans pretend to be Italian soldiers, often hosting the enemy. Lt. Valli is a young, "green," by-the-book officer who constantly argues with Sgt. Sullivan, who tells his superior that he has no idea what he is doing. One man on the base, probably a touch from Argento, is an entomologist who is needlessly killed. Things go terribly wrong after that. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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Seven men who stood between Rommel's Afrika Korps and ultimate victory.

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Action | Drama | War

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19 November 1968 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Sullivan's Marauders  »

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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

Hopefully, they were wearing their Italian badges of rank more properly than than as yanks. Captains bars are never worn centered on the epaulet of a dress uniform. Only a General's star is ever worn centered at this location. All others are worn out on the sewed-down part. If Italians were dropped behind American lines as a "captain" was wearing his that way, they would have been suspect immediately. See more »

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Hidden gem of a war movie
18 September 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I didn't know this movie existed until I accidentally ran across it at a retail store. Intense not so covert war action with good drama between characters and a few twists in the plot. The movie highlights the individual heroic efforts in battle, the insanity and randomness of events during conflict (and the responses by the players), and the disconnect between the battlefield and the strategic planners (both blind to each other).

Sergeant Sullivan (Lee Van Cleef) shows scares from previous conflicts, illustrating the personal side that never is far away from the professional. His past torments him throughout the film. The personal conflict and struggle between Sergeant Sullivan and Captain Valli (Jack Kelly) is constantly simmering and sometimes boiling over. Captain Valli, untested in battle, struggles to lead his newly appointed team on a very dangerous and unpredictable mission. At one point, he displays a dilemma in leadership, having to choose between his hard earned gains in the battle with his new team vs. new direction from above. The result of that decision has enormous consequences.

A very cool movie.


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