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Churchill's Leopards (1970)

I Leopardi di Churchill (original title)
The mission: The British have to carry out a plan hatched by Churchill himself to blow up a French dam, by bringing in commandos led by the twin brother of the German commander.

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Lt. Richard Benson / Lt. Hans Müller
Pilar Velázquez ...
Elise
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ...
Major Powell (as Giacomo Rossi-Stuart)
Frank Braña ...
François Leduc
Angela Covello ...
Partisan
Helga Liné ...
Marlene Schulman
Claudio Biava
Massimo Righi ...
(as Max Dean)
Antonio Casas ...
La Tulipe
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Hauptsturmführer Holtz
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German officer (as Herbert Andress)
Giovanni De Angelis
Sergio Doria
Bruno Erba
Augusto Funari ...
Michel, Partisan
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The mission: The British have to carry out a plan hatched by Churchill himself to blow up a French dam, by bringing in commandos led by the twin brother of the German commander.

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Schlocky entry in a crowded genre
28 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

CHURCHILL'S LEOPARDS - great title, by the way - is yet another addition to the wave of WW2 flicks that emerged from Italy in the late 1960s after the initial enthusiasm for the spaghetti western genre had run dry. It's a very familiar tale about a group of soldiers on a mission to blow up a dam in Nazi-occupied France.

What follows is routine in the extreme, a film with only a handful of memorable moments (like the bit where a crowd of collaborators are about to be executed, an exercise in tension). The action is sparse and when it comes it's a bit of a disappointment, but then director Maurizio Pradeaux had only made a couple of films previously so he was hardly a seasoned expert behind the camera.

The most interesting thing about the film is the cast. American strongman Richard Harrison plays the dual role of a Nazi officer and his lookalike who's brought in to help the team, while Klaus Kinski is the nasty Nazi bad guy. Giacomo Rossi-Stuart has a supporting role as another hero, while Euro crumpet Helga Line shows up (and is welcome) and Spanish actor Frank Brana (RETURN OF THE EVIL DEAD) has a cameo.


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