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Missiles from Hell (1958)

Battle of the V-1 (original title)
This forgotten war adventure centers on the secret Nazi missile installation of the V1 Rocket. Michael Rennie is a guerilla fighter who leads a group of Polish fighters on a mission to ... See full summary »

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Vernon Sewell

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Jack Hanley (screenplay), Eryk Wlodek (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Rennie ... Stefan
Patricia Medina ... Zofia
Milly Vitale ... Anna
David Knight ... Tadek
Esmond Knight ... Stricker
Christopher Lee ... Brunner
John G. Heller ... Fritz
Carl Jaffe Carl Jaffe ... General
Peter Madden ... Stanislaw
George Pravda ... Karewski
Gordon Sterne Gordon Sterne ... Margraaf
Carl Duering ... Scientist
Harold Siddons Harold Siddons ... Master Bomber
George Pastell ... Eryk
Henri Vidon Henri Vidon ... Konim (as Henry Vidon)
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This forgotten war adventure centers on the secret Nazi missile installation of the V1 Rocket. Michael Rennie is a guerilla fighter who leads a group of Polish fighters on a mission to destroy the base and cripple the German war effort. Sir Christopher Lee is terrific as a cruel Nazi commander.

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The TRUE story behind the attempt to destroy London!

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Drama | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Missiles from Hell See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (colorized version)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the very few post-World War II internationally released British movies that was not made at the more familiar English studios of Pinewood, Shepperton, Elstree or Ealing (see also Merton Park studios). This movie was made at the little known Brighton Studios, St. Nicholas Road, Brighton, Sussex, and on-location at nearby Shoreham-on-Sea. The studio closed down in the mid 1960s and the area converted into flats. See more »

Quotes

[Anna has been captured by the Gestapo]
Tadek: Will she talk?
Stefan: Yes, she'll talk. Women always talk. But she won't say anything that they want to hear.
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Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

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A rigidly stiff cast make this tough going.
31 May 2008 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

Michael Rennie stars as a block of wood...er as a stoic member of the Polish Resistance who along with a compatriot get themselves captured with the hopes of getting sent to a German labor camp where they can spy on the new wonder weapon the V-1. Based on a true story and supposedly close to what actually happened,which usually keeps things lively, this was a tough go through for me. The problem was that the performances are very stiff. Michael Rennie's performance seemed to consist of standing rigidly and looking something like concerned. Most of his fellow actors were similar in what I can only describe as statue like performances. I'm forced to wonder if the stiffness was due to a limited wardrobe budget since no one seems to get dirty or change their clothes. Its all very serious in life or death way, but at the same time some of the deep pronouncements sound very silly in a "we must soldier on" sort of way.

Christopher Lee, despite having a relatively high billing, is in a couple of scenes as a Nazi camp officer. His performance is as animated as Rennie's is rigid making me wonder if he either thought this was a comedy, or was angry with the director and gave a bizarre reading of the role.(Of course it could be simply that he had some life while the rest of the cast was blocks of wood.) The story is a good one, but as told here its a long 80 minutes that makes you wonder why they bothered. Recommended for those times when you are in a forgiving mood and want a WW2 drama you haven't seen before.


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