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Hornets' Nest (1970)

 -  Drama | Action | War  -  9 September 1970 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Turner
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Bianca
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Von Hecht
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart ...
Schwalberg
Jacques Sernas ...
Maj. Taussig
Mark Colleano ...
Aldo
Mauro Gravina ...
Carlo
John Fordyce ...
Dino
Giuseppe Cassuto ...
Franco
Amedeo Castracane ...
Tonio
Giancarlo Colombaioni ...
Romeo
Ronald Colombaioni ...
Mikko
Valerio Colombaioni ...
Arturo
Giuseppe Coppola ...
Rico
Luigi Criscuolo ...
Paolo
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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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Bust The Dam!-- Blow Up The War! See more »

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Drama | Action | War

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Rated R for some war violence | See all certifications »
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Il vespaio  »

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A whistling theme vocalized by children in the film also features as a track on Ennio Morricone's musical score for the movie. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Bianca the Italian Surgeon: I'm a doctor, not a soldier.
Captain Turner: You're tied in with us now, until it's over.
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Rock And His Gang of Juveniles
23 June 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Hornet's Nest of the title refers to the gang of Italian urchins who find Rock Hudson and a fascist female doctor played by Sylva Koscina to patch him up.

Hudson has parachuted ahead of the advancing Fifth Army during the Italian campaign. His mission was to blow up a dam, presumably to trap retreating Nazis. But these kids have a mission of their own in mind. Their village was massacred by the S.S. looking for partisans and they want some payback.

Rock has to recover first so the kids kidnap a female doctor to treat him for concussion and bruised ribs. She's also quite an eyeful and in one scene, the older kids kind of forget the purpose of their mission.

It's a routine action adventure story that probably Burt Lancaster or Kirk Douglas would have been better suited for than Rock Hudson. Still Hudson turns in a decent performance, given what he has to work with.

The sad thing about Hornet's Nest is that with the revelation of Rock's homosexuality the film became something of a joke, what with Rock and a gang of teenage boys. Had any other actor done it, no one would have thought anything of it.

Or maybe Burt and Kirk had insights.


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