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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Did You Know?


The film is based on Danish writer Sven Hassel's 1979 war novel Wheels of Terror. Hassel was actually part of the German Panzer core during the war and most of his novels are based on his experiences or stories he heard during the war, although some dispute the factualness of his work. He always puts himself in the novels, sometimes as a major participant and sometimes as a minor observer. The character of Sven Hassel also appears in this novel and is played in the movie adaptation by Slavko Stimac. 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 »


Col. Von Weisshagen: I will send you ALL to the Eastern Front!
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Bad attempt
14 March 2006 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

If you fell in love with the books of Sven Hassle, you might think this is a movie not to miss. Sorry, have to bring your hopes down.

The movie doesn't catch anything from the books! The characters are nothing like in the books. Can it be so that they couldn't find any actors to resemble the characters in the books or was the directing so terrible? I don't know but I was SO disappointed after seeing this movie that I was sorry I bought it.

As far as I'm concerned, this movie shouldn't have been done, at least not in the 80's! They probably had a very small budget which may be the reason for the terrible style of the movie and the story, that doesn't remind me of the exciting and cruel stories in the books of Sven Hassle. Skip the movie and stick to the books!

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