Hannibal Brooks (1969)

Directed by Michael Winner

Screenplay by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais; original story by Michael Winner and Tom Wright

Featuring Oliver Reed, Michael J. Pollard, Helmut Lohner, Wolfgang Preiss, Peter Carsten, Karin Baal

Just one look at the poster for Hannibal Brooks tells you United Artists didn’t know what to do with the film.

The promotional material focuses on the action, and the fact that Pollard is the action hero and not Reed, while ignoring the script’s attempt to portray warfare in shades of gray rather than stark black and white. But while the film has the best intentions, the script falters at the end, injecting a moralistic tone at odds with earlier scenes.

The film opens as Stephen Brooks (Reed), a British soldier in World War II, is captured by German troops. Brooks isn’t upset that he’ll spend the rest of the war as
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