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To clear the way for 5000 troops through a dangerous mountain pass, Hanley must blow up a German observation post. To succeed this time, a cocky sculptor who's now a demolition man is added to the stripped-down mission, in place of Hanley's sleep-deprived full squad. The all-business Lt. Hanley and the arty rock-hound Velasquez immediately clash, because the Corporal can't stop examining the local geology or expounding about the ancient rock fortress which became a famed museum, and is now the forbidding, mountain-top Heer post. Written by David Stevens

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13 April 1965 (USA)  »

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Heritage
30 August 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

"Heritage" is a story about scientific knowledge being put to great use in wartime.

Corporal Velasquez (played by Charles Bronson) is a geologist, dreamer, and demolitions expert. At the sight of a stone made hill currently used as a German observation post, Velasquez takes one look and immediately sees how to collapse it. He also sees what used to be a famous museum and wonders where all of its artifacts have gone. Lieutenant Hanley, Kirby, & Velasquez must get past the Germans near hilltop to set charges and collapse it as the lives of several thousand American troops depend on it. Once accomplished the dreamer side of Velasquez takes over.

Hanley, Kirby, & Velasquez have adequate dialog and the story flows, but the episode is missing the Combat essence - firefight & heavy artillery. A few banal machine gun & night flare scenes do not cut it. One can appreciate the scientific genius employed, but this is Combat, not Geology Today.

I've always appreciated Charles Bronson's acting talent; he's done many memorable movies. But the weak script of "Heritage" is enough to bring down even the very best actors. Very, very mediocre at best for Combat.


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