A Major leads a group of mercenaries whose mission is to protect a disc full of secrets, located in South Asia.

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Major Colby
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Col. Mazzarini
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Henry Carlson
Manfred Lehmann ...
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Chat Silayan ...
Ling
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Christian Brückner ...
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Lennox
Thomas Danneberg ...
Gustafson
Anita Lochner ...
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Wolfgang Kühne ...
Krüger
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Carbalo
Bobby Rhodes ...
Kongo Klaus
Romano Puppo ...
Angelo
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In the German version Thomas Danneberg dubbed Lewis Collins and therefore himself had to be dubbed by another actor, Rainer Brandt. See more »

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When one of the commandos is met by the Thai lady commando at the airport, the MG car's left indicator is flashing when she gets out, but it is off when they get in the car in the shot from the back of the vehicle. See more »

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THE COMMANDER (Antonio Margheriti, 1988) *1/2
16 June 2008 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Around Christmas I had watched COMMANDO LEOPARD (1985), a passable low-brow German-Italian war flick; that film was the middle part of a trilogy and, back then, I had expressed a wish to check out the remaining two entries – CODENAME: WILDGEESE (1984) and THE COMMANDER (1988). I now happened upon the latter, but the result was even less rewarding! Lewis Collins is once again the hero and, as ever, producer Erwin C. Dietrich manages to assemble a fair line-up of actors in support: Lee Van Cleef, Donald Pleasence, Manfred Lehmann and John Steiner (both from COMMANDO LEOPARD), Paul Muller (as Van Cleef’s smart butler!) and Brett Halsey.

The convoluted plot involves an Asian dictator, a consignment of drugs and an all-important incriminating “floppy disk” (but which looks more like a CD!). The band of gung-ho mercenaries this time around also includes a native girl but, with much of the action being relegated to the second half, it’s mostly by-the-numbers stuff – until the explosive climax (which only Collins and Lehmann survive…though one member had expired early on from the bite of a cobra!). However, there’s a nice twist at the end regarding the characters of Van Cleef (fitted with a silly pirate-like earring throughout!) and Pleasence (alternating between hysteria and sarcasm and, finally, campily turning up as a tourist-photographer) – as they prove exact opposites to what they’d been played up to be!


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