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Heinz Prüller (as Fred Robsham)
Pilar Castel
Dada Gallotti
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Heinz Prulier (Fred Robsahm) is a German soldier stationed as a sniper overlooking his own army from a tree. When he falls asleep, his troops are gone and he is left alone to defend the incoming enemy invasion. Flashbacks recall his wartime experiences and his transition from a human being into a sadistic murderer and rapist. He encounters a prostitute and a giggling girl in this violent feature that reveals the deterioration of human values in the face of the grim realities of war. Written by Fraghera

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Over 40 years old, yet 100% original
15 April 2010 | by (San Marino) – See all my reviews

This movie will change your life.

A bold statement, but nevertheless worthy for this masterpiece of a film, probably the most underrated movie of all time. Too bad it's so difficult to get hold of. My Italian friend showed it to me years ago from an old videotape, and I've been hunting for it ever since. If you ever manage to find it, you certainly are a lucky man, for this is one big piece of utter flaming excellence, people. I'd sure pay up to at least 200 US dollars if I could find a good copy.

Well, over to the movie. At first glance it might seem like your usual old world war II-flick, but make no mistake. This is something entirely different. The emotional story about an eccentric German soldier, it shows us the wicked reality of war from a whole new perspective. It bears some similarities to Kurt Vonnegut's novel "Slaughterhouse-Five", but is still absolutely original. The actors are quite unknown, but still do a fantastic job. I don't want to spoil too much of the plot, but you will be amazed at the sudden unexpected (yet brilliant) changes. Boy, if I could just take a tiny little peek into the exceptional mastermind that is Raffaele Andreassi, I would die a happy man...

The movie takes place during the gruesome Italian campaign (which cost more lives than any other campaign in Western Europe) and is refreshingly unconventional. Be prepared though, it will horrify you, boggle your mind, twist your brain into an unrecognizable lump of spaghetthata, but it will also captivate you, entrance you, and bring you into complete friggin ecstasy. Most important of all, it will make you THINK. If you enjoy your films a little deeper than the average Hollywood blockbuster, this is the perfect one for you. As I mentioned earlier, only problem is getting hold of it.


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