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D-Day - Northern France: A British paratroop squad are dropped off-target behind enemy lines and wiped-out. PRIVATE JOHNNY BARROWS is the only survivor. He's inexperienced, scared...and lost. After days of avoiding German platoons he is found by a rag-tag band of three dysfunctional soldiers; MURPHY, their self-proclaimed leader - a vicious, controlling sociopath. FILEY, his avid follower - hyperactive and child-like since receiving a head-wound. ROCK, a silent, muscular 22 year-old - shell-shocked, US soldier, he lives in a trance-like state only able to function if give orders. In the middle of the growing tension between Johnny and Murphy, the group manage to capture a seasoned, manipulative SS STURMBANNFÜHRER. The SS officer picks-away at the growing tensions, biding his time to escape. Johnny must grow-up quickly, become a leader, if he is to survive and reach safety. Written by
The captured SS officers uniform is the famous black uniform worn by the SS in the 1930s. These Uniforms were discontinued in 1939 before the war began and the SS switched to Field grey like the Wehrmacht (army). Also the vertical deaths head (totenkopf) patch on his right collar were only worn by SS and Wehrmacht Panzer (Tank) crews on a totally different type of uniform and the collar patch would appear on both sides of Panzer Uniform. The correct Patch for this officer would have been the Horizontal SS runes or plain black patch for officer in the SD (Security Service). Also the British Soldiers refer to him as Hauptsturmführer (Captain) and his rank badge is that of a Sturmbannführer (Major). See more »
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This is one of those films that is hard to describe without employing inventive expletives of the most Anglo Saxon nature. However, I shall try the synopsis is a British paratroop squad are dropped miles from their drop off point and all but one are wiped out and then the sole survivor, Jonny, has to get back to his lines and grow a pair etc.
Now the mistakes pile up faster than an Enron executive planning excuses. He stops to bury the dead, carries a Luger (that always goes down well if one is captured) and wanders about in the 'French' countryside in the total open. Then he meets some other lost solders and they have some unconvincing and lack lustre japes in the Lancashire countryside. Yes that is where this guffathon was filmed North England which surprisingly does not make a good double for Normandy.
The special effects are excruciatingly bad. Some of the acting raises a smile but to be extremely fair there are some reasonable performances here ostensibly from Paul Harrison as Jonny, James Boyland as Murphy (don't even get me started on the gay sub plot though) and the American Adam Woodward. Others are less convincing but I think that is mostly because the script is soo contemptibly awful. Language often used is of a modern vocabulary and seems totally incongruous for some Brit Tommies in WW2.
It was originally called 'The War I Knew' and is based on actual 'accounts' what are they then? I think it must be that some men dressed up and did some fighting ? Am I even close well we will never know as these priceless sources are yet to be revealed. I tried to find some positives and apart from the acting in places the only other one I can think of is that this is easy to watch on fast forward as you will miss nothing. Not the worst war film ever but one that should be given very serious consideration avoid like a drunken dance off in a mine field.
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