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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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Richard Harrison ...
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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Passable Spaghetti/Paella War movie co-produced by Italy/Spain and filmed in Spanish outdoors
5 May 2014 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

A tough team carries out a relentless assignment plenty of thrilling action , risked adventures and hazardous feats . Spaghetti/War film about a misfit outfit led by Richard Harrison who carry out a suicide mission behind enemy lines . The mission: search out and destroy a dam in Normandy before the D-Day invasion . The movie is set during World War II in the days just prior to the D-Day invasion. A special parachute unit is sent to destroy a German dam installation . A group of two-fisted soldiers formed by various experts are drafted to go on a near-suicide mission and attempt to destroy it . The volunteer commandos, misfits from the American army do not care how its done and will run over anyone who gets in their way . ¨Commando attack¨ or ¨Curchill's leopards¨ is an entertaining film with Richard Harrison as a stiff officer posing as a Nazi lieutenant , his true brother , as his father is British and his mother is German . Richard Harrison leading a group of motley and eclectic soldiers for a dangerous assault on strongly armored Nazi position . In the hands of hardboiled director Maurizio Pradeaux , and a tough-as-leather cast , that's all the plot that's needed to make one rip-roaring wartime flick . Harrison's mission is two-fold and in violent and cynical style ; first turn his G.I.s into a valiant fighting unit , being parachuted Major Powell , Giacomo Rossi-Stuart , then turn loose on a French location in Normandy where they run into partisans -such as Pilar Velazquez , Frank Braña and Antonio Casas- , helps them penetrate behind enemy lines . The first half of the film allows the colorful cast of character actors to have their fun as they get their tails whipped into shape and develop shaky relationship with their leader . The final part is all action , as the brave commando wreak havoc and then run for their lives . The dangerous mission includes a selected group formed by a motley and varied squadron played by usual of Italian B-series . This is a rugged WWII actioner concerning about an experienced officer , he's assigned by Military staff to lead a group of valiant G.I.s , as they pull off a extremely risked assignment called ¨Operation Over Edge¨ . At the end they must participate in the suicidal mission behind the enemy lines , to wipe the German group by means of a violent assault over a strongly protected position and put an explosive rocket into dam .

Richard Harrison in a double role as Lt. Richard Benson / Lt. Hans Müller assumes the character of commando leader along with Giacomo Rossi-Stuart as Major Powell in this ordinary wartime movie regularly directed by Maurizio Pradeaux . This moving film packs frantic thrills , perilous adventures , relentless feats , and buck-loads of explosive action and violence . The noisy action is uniformly well-made , especially deserving of mention the rip-roaring final scenes on the dam , including some spectacular shootouts , firing and bombing . Apart from the values of team spirit , cudgeled by Harrison into his varied group , the film is full of feats , shots and thrills though contains excessive dialog and a lot of night scenes . The notorious Spaghetti actor , Richard Harrison is good in his usual tough role , here playing the unshakable Lt. Richard Benson . Giacomo Rossi-Stuart as rough Major is fine as officer of the motley pack together thwart the Nazi schemes, as well as the largely secondary cast full of familiar faces as Spanish actors such as Pilar Velazquez , Antonio Casas , Helga Line , Frank Braña as Italian players such as Máximo Righi , Goffredo Unger and many others ; all of them habitual secondary players in multiple Italian/Spanish films and mostly playing brief interventions . Atmospheric and functional musical score by Franco Salina and aceptable cinematography in Eastmancolor filmed by Miguel Fernández Mila on locations in La Pedriza , Manzanares del Real , Madrid ; being necessary an urgent remastering because the film copy is washed out . This is a wartime typical vehicle and into the ¨warlike commando genre¨ , in USA style which also belong the American classics as : ¨Dirty Dozen (Robert Aldrich) ¨ Where eagles dare¨ (Brian G. Hutton) , ¨Kelly's heroes (Hutton ) , ¨Tobruk¨ (Arthur Hiller) , ¨Devil's Brigade¨ (Andrew V McLagen) and many others .

The movie was produced in enough budget by Ricardo Sanz who financed various Paella Western such as "My Horse, My Gun, Your Widow" , ¨4 Implacables¨ , ¨Bala Marcada¨ and "I'll Kill Him and Return Alone" .The film was professionally directed by Maurizio Pradeaux and some moments he gets a competent Italian war actioner . ¨Commando attack¨ or ¨Churchill's leopards¨ belongs to Spaghetti War sub-genre , whose maxim representatives are the followings filmmakers : Umberto Lenzi with ¨Battle of commandos¨ ,¨Desert commandos¨ , ¨Battle force¨ , Leon Klimovsky with ¨June 44 , Normandy¨, "Hell's Brigade: The Final Assault", "The Legion of No Return" ¨ , Alfonso Brescia with ¨Objective : Rommel¨ , ¨Misiones Ardientes¨ , ¨Hell in Normandy¨ , Albert De Martino with ¨Dirty heroes¨, Jose Luis Merino with ¨Hell commandos¨ , Armando Crispino with ¨Commandos¨ and Robert Bianchi Montero with ¨36 hours of hell¨ . ¨Churchill's leopards¨ rating 5'5/10 : Average but entertaining .


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