In 1944, in France, the rogue American soldiers Lieutenant Robert Yeager, Private Fred Canfield, the murderer Tony, the thief Nick and the coward Berle are transported to a military prison....
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In 1944, in France, the rogue American soldiers Lieutenant Robert Yeager, Private Fred Canfield, the murderer Tony, the thief Nick and the coward Berle are transported to a military prison. However, the convoy is attacked by the Germans and they survive and flee with the intention of cross the border of Switzerland. Along their journey, they fight against a German platoon and capture the German prisoner Adolf Sachs that offers to guide them to the Swiss border. When they meet a German troop, they kill them but sooner they discover that they actually were and American commando in a mission headed by Colonel Buckner to steal a German V2 warhead. Lt. Yeager, Fred, Tony and Nick offer to risk their lives to accomplish the mission. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When Nick played by Michael Pergolani is updating the paper work he uses 'Liquid Paper/Correction Fluid' to alter the document. Liquid Paper was not invented until 1951, and was only really widely available in Europe from the mid 70's onwards. See more »
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Action , suspense and entertainment with a band of escaped WWII POW fighting nasty Nazis
1944 , five convict soldiers (Peter Hooten, Fred Williamson , Basehart , Pergolani) in WWII France led to martial court escape from lock-up and head to Switzerland . They are commanded by a con-lieutenant (Bo Svenson) . They then mistakenly attack an allied command suited as Nazis . Posteriorly , the motley gang are assigned by an Allied colonel (Ian Bannen) pull off a daring assault on a Nazi-held stronghold . To add intrigue , a female (Debra Berger) and French resistance (Michael Constantine) have joined the ranks of the rag-tag , tough outfit ; besides a rebel Nazi (Raimund Harmstorf )also has infiltrated the band . After that , they participate on a suicidal task to thwart the Nazi schemes by blowing up a train containing V2 head-rockets in a decisive battle for winning the war .
The movie packs noisy action , slow motion explosion , shootouts , bombing and is quite amusing . It's well-made war-action/thriller/adventure/ Eurotrash film , it is a standout in its genre : ¨The Spaghetti-Italian warlike¨ . Relentless plot twists ,in spite of some flaws , the warlike action keep you breathless . Rough , elegant Bo Svenson is well as the group leader of the motley pack , he leads the misfit band of crooks from behind enemy lines . Remainder cast formed by Fred Williamson , Constantine , Debra Berger (William Berger's daughter) and Peter Hooten as an assassin convict are nice . The film takes part from American classic movies , just like :¨Dirty dozen¨ ,¨ Kelly's heroes¨ and ¨ Where the eagles dare¨ but is actually its origin an Italian movie in similar plot , titled ¨ Hell commandos¨ (1969) .
Inglorious bastards¨ had a special remake directed by Quentin Tarantino . In the interview for an 'extra' in the re-release of the film on DVD Enzo G. Castellari points out that several scenes had to be re-scripted and/or shot differently as during filming the Italian Government, in response to increasing activity by the terrorist Red Brigade, drafted a law prohibiting the holding of weapons in case they fell into Red Brigade hands . The castle rescue scenes originally featured a massive shoot out, but were rewritten into the covert attack and escape featured, using knives, catapults and crossbows instead of firearms . The scene where Bo Svenson's character shoots the guards in the train lab was shot differently with a single squib at the end of the fake MP40 in the long shot, followed by a zoom into Bo's face with the sound of gunfire dubbed . Enzo G. Castellari threw spent rounds into shot to maintain the illusion of the weapon firing with the set electrician waving his hand in front of a lamp to simulate muzzle flash . The picture was professionally directed by Enzo Girolami Castellari who previously had made another good war film : ¨Eagles over London¨ . Besides , he usually worked with Bo Svenson and Fred Williamson (who is even named as a co-writer on screenplay on deposit at the Copyright Office) in Italian B films such as ¨Delta Force commando¨ ,¨Deadly impact¨, ¨ Tides of war¨ ,¨Bronx warriors¨, and ¨Warriors of the wasteland¨ .
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