A commando unit is dropped behind the German lines in Italy and its mission is to blow up a strategic dam. However, the unit is ambushed and only its leader survives. He is picked up by a ragtag group of local youths, who strike a bargain with him--they will help him blow the dam if he will help them get revenge on the Germans, who have taken over their village and killed their parents. Written by
Meet Captain Turner's Baby Brigade! When they get hurt they cry! When they get mad they kill! Give them a ball, they'll make up a game! Give them a grenade, they'll blow up the world!
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This movie's title is taken from the expression "Hornet's Nest" meaning a violent or gravely contentious situation. In the film's case, this is relates to the the dangerous and difficult mission to blow up a dam protected by the Nazis. The expression is derived from the habitation for wasps or hornets, something which if disturbed can become a situation that presents itself with difficulty to the disturber. See more
Although the story takes place in 1944, all the hair styles are strictly in the 1970 mode. Hudson's fashionably long hair is strictly unmilitary, and he even sports 1970 sideburns and a handlebar moustache; Koscina's big hair is a 1970s trademark; even the kids look like refugees from the streets of the era in which the film was made, not at all like World War II orphans. See more
General Von Kleber
General Rutke is taking over a Panzer division in this push. I could arrange to have you posted to his staff. You've been asking for a transfer back to the fighting forces.
No thank you. Where I am now, suddenly there is good hunting. I'd hate to give that up.
General Von Kleber
You really are your father's son.
Thank you, General. How many men can be sure of that?
Referenced in Django Unchained