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Komando samber nyawa (1985)



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Cast overview:
Barry Prima
Advent Bangun
Dicky Zulkarnaen
Kaharudin Syah ...
(as Kaharuddin Sjah)
Harry Capri
Johan Saimima
Yenny Farida
Wieke Widowati
Didier A. Hamel ...
(as Didier Hamel)
Herve F. Dusart
V.S. Alexander
Gino Makasutji


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October 1986 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Commander I Helvede  »

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[the Daredevil Commandos prepare for battle, sitting in a circle singing]
Daredevil Commando #1: Freedom is calling, well past these days of sorrow. Freedom is calling, we'll find it by tomorrow.
Daredevil Commando #2: Indonesia my heart is calling, Indonesia you are my country.
Daredevil Commando #3: After all you've done for us, our lives are at your service, we will destroy your enemies, there's nothing that can swirve us.
Daredevil Commando #4: Undo the enemy, all they do is crave you. During the long long night, we all must fight to save you.
Daredevil Commando #5: Indonesia my heart is calling, ...
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Very weird anti-war pro-revolution-movie..
16 November 2006 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

Okay, so this story takes place in Indonesia, where a bunch of rebels want to get rid of the Dutch rulers.

But this is what I don't get: "Indonesia was colonized by the Dutch for over three centuries but declared its independence in 1945" - so this story allegedly takes place somewhere in the 1940s, but there are no Nazis, and there are no Japanese occupying forces.. and there's no background information told in the movie, other than there are a lot of evil Dutch soldiers who have conquered the land by brute force (killing a lot of innocent civilians in the process, it seems).. Now, I'm no historian, but this looks like some sort of anti-colonization propaganda, which has just come about 40 years too late.. if it was an historical movie, it lacks a bunch of facts to make it work.

Anyway, the story is like this: The Indonesian rebels want to rid themselves of the evil Dutch occupiers, but they are too strong, so they must created a super commando force with their best soldiers, and about 1 hour into the movie, there's a great scene with the 6 daredevil commandos preparing for battle, with two scenes shot in on take, of them putting on camouflage, loading their guns, and singing a patriotic anthem. Of course this is done with atrocious dubbing, so it comes out a bit unintentionally funny.

The daredevils are these six men: Sgt. Hasyim, Corp. Abimanyu, Sgt. Dulmanap, Lt. Widodo, Capt. Abadi, and (Pvt?) Jaim. Their cause doesn't begin for real until their (previously unnoticed and unmentioned) buddy Darso is killed in a raid. Then they pull out the heavy machinery, like rocket launchers, flamethrowers, and hand-grenades. The ending of the movie is one big explosion-fest. In one funny scene a daredevil shoots a rocket against a cliff, which then results in a major avalanche, and when he shoots it off, it's pitch black, but when it hits, it's bright daylight! Guess the time just went too fast for the crew when they shot that scene..

The movie is clearly shot in widescreen, but has been given a really ugly video-transfer with lots of PAN & SCAN that disturbs the viewers. My version (Danish VHS called "Commander I Helvede" - Commander in Hell) cut off the end credits, so I couldn't update more info than what's already on the site.

If anybody reads this review, please vote for it! But I sincerely doubt anyone will ever read it.. 3/10

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