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The Misfit Brigade (1987)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  22 February 1988 (USA)
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War story of the 27th Panzers, Hitler's heavy-duty combat regiment composed of prisoners. In 1943, this motley tank crew is sent on a suicide mission behind enemy lines to destroy a Soviet train that's carrying fuel for the Red Army.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cpl. Joseph Porta
The Legionnaire
Capt. Erich von Barring
Old Man
The General
Branko Vidakovic ...
Cpl. Hugo Stege (as Branko Vidak)
Slavko Stimac ...
Sven Hassel
Boris Komnenic ...
Andreja Maricic ...
Klaus Pagh ...
Anton Sosic ...
Svetislav Goncic ...
Sgt. Siegfried
Gordana Bjelica ...
Russian officer


In 1943, the Nazi Germany is suffering heavy losses at the Eastern Front and an order for all-out retreat is eventually issued. The 27th Penal Panzer Regiment, consisting solely of people convicted of various real or political crimes ranging from incest to dissidence, has just returned from Stalingrad where German forces were decimated by the Soviets after a year-long bloody fight. They are a motley tank crew that consists of Sergeant Willie Beier (aka Old Man), a family man who fears for the safety of his wife and child if he disobeys the Nazis, Corporal Joseph Porta, the team's fixer and a self-proclaimed communist who always tries to keep his spirits up whether through gambling, drinking or simple tomfoolery, Corporal Hugo Stege, Porta's "partner in crime", young Sven Hassel, a character based on real Sven Hassel, the writer of the novel that the movie was based on, Wolfgang Creutzfeldt (aka Tiny), a dimwitted and often violent giant of a man and Bauer, a silent but friendly ...

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Wheels of Terror  »

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The movie is based on the book Wheels of Terror, written by Danish writer Sven Hassel and first published in 1959. This is Sven Hassel's second book, and takes more of a fictional slant over his first one. See more »


The German tank destroyer often used by the main characters in this movie actually is a Soviet-made SU-122 self-propelled assault gun. [It is actually a Russian made SU-100 tank destroyer; the SU-122 had a short barrel 122mm that fired a High-Explosive (HE) round). See more »


The Legionnaire: Let's go, panzer perverts!
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This is on my top 10 war/anti-war film list.
3 November 2003 | by (northland) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favourite flicks!Based on the Sven Hassel book "WHEELS OF TERROR."Nothing fancy here.Good casting job bringing Hassel's characters to the silver screen.Having read most of Hassel's books,makes me biased towards this film.It has all the elements of a good war/anti-war film.David Carradine has a blast as the commander and,the cast works well with/off each other.Oliver Reed has a cameo that is perfect for him.I really like the tank sequences.Real armor was used to great effect.This is on my top 10 war films list.It is a shame that no other films were made,based on Hassel's books.

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