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The Biggest Battle (1978)
"Il grande attacco" (original title)

 -  War | Drama  -  7 February 1978 (Italy)
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A story of how World War II affected the lives of a German family and an American family, both of whom had sons and fathers fighting in the war.


(as Humphrey Longan)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Kurt Zimmer
Annelise Ackermann
Giuliano Gemma ...
Captain Martin Scott
Sean O'Hara
Major Mannfred Roland
Ray Lovelock ...
Lt. John Foster
Aldo Massasso ...
Lt. William McShane
Venantino Venantini ...
Ida Galli ...
Sybil Scott (as Evelyn Stewart)
Narrator (voice)
General Foster
Aldo Barberito ...
SS major
Rik Battaglia ...
American commando
Andrea Bosic ...
Mimmo Parnat


A story of how World War II affected the lives of a German family and an American family, both of whom had sons and fathers fighting in the war.

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7 February 1978 (Italy)  »

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Italian censorship visa # 71521 delivered on 7-2-1978. See more »


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Mouth-watering cast, yawn inducing movie!
3 August 2008 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

I'm not a fan of war films to say the least and if I'm going to sit down and watch one, there generally has to be a real good reason for doing so. Despite the fact that Battle Force is a largely unknown and inconsequential war film from the late seventies; I actually did have several good reasons for seeing it. Anything directed by Umberto Lenzi is automatically worth watching considering all the great cult films he has delivered; from some of the best Giallo's to the very best of the Polizi genre, and adding to that is absolutely mouth-watering cast. However, in spite of those things; this is still a highly disappointing and really rather rubbish movie. The plot is rather confusing and doesn't make much sense and mainly focuses on two families of different nationalities during World War Two. However, we also focus on the actual war itself and various battles that the characters are involved in and this all gets mingled in with the stories of the families...

The main problem with this film is that it tries to do too much and the one hundred minute running time is simply not long enough for it to do it all in (although I am thankful that the film didn't last for longer!). I don't really know how credible Umberto Lenzi was as a director in 1978 (probably more credible than he was in the eighties), but somehow he has managed to get his hands on a magnificent cast chequered with stars - and not just cult stars! Big names such as John Huston, Henry Fonda and Orson Welles have roles alongside cult stars such as Ray Lovelock, Samantha Eggar, Evelyn Stewart, Stacy Keach, Helmut Berger and Edwige Fenech (who really doesn't appear for long enough). This cast is all well and good but unfortunately it's wasted. The plot lacks any sort of direction and the film might actually have been better as an anthology style movie with a few different but focused stories. The war scenes look extremely cheap (the budget was probably spent on paying stars' wages) and that also brings the film down, although there is plenty of action. Overall, this did actually have the potential to be a masterpiece; but to say the least, it isn't! Recommended for its cult value only.

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