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Commando (1962)

Marcia o crepa (original title)
A French Foreign Legion commander is told to assemble a unit and capture an Algerian rebel leader. He gathers in his old unit, most of whom are no longer in top form. One is having ... See full summary »

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Frank Wisbar
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Granger ... Captain Le Blanc
Dorian Gray ... Nora
Carlos Casaravilla ... Ben Bled
Ivo Garrani ... Colonel Dionne
Alfredo Mayo ... Mayor
Pablito Alonso Pablito Alonso ... Arab Kid
Hans von Borsody ... Fritz
Dietmar Schönherr ... Petit Prince
Peter Carsten ... Barbarossa
Fausto Tozzi ... Brascia
Leo Anchóriz ... Garcia
Maurizio Arena ... Dolce Vita
Riccardo Garrone ... Paolo
Guillermo Carmona Guillermo Carmona
Jaime de Pedro Jaime de Pedro
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A French Foreign Legion commander is told to assemble a unit and capture an Algerian rebel leader. He gathers in his old unit, most of whom are no longer in top form. One is having nightmares of past indiscretions, another is now drinking, another has lost his nerve. He takes them in captures the leader, but then is unable to make it to the pick up. He encounters a rebel patrol and is trapped unless they can escape before their water runs out. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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With DANGER or a DAME they go where the action is HOTTEST! See more »

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Action | War

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Although the film was not a cinema success the theme tune, by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino, became a successful hit after being covered by Ken Thorne and his orchestra, reaching number 4 in the UK charts in July 1963. See more »

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Opening Credits
9 October 2011 | by arbibriggsSee all my reviews

I have similar memories to other reviewers having seen the film in 1963/64 at the age of 13. What made the biggest impression on me were the opening credits which I recall being genuine footage of street fighting in Algiers which would freeze to display a credit and then move on. All to the sound of Concerto Disperato played, presumably, by Nino Rosso. Concerto Disperato is available on Nini Rosso Greatest Hits CDs. But my advice is to ignore as the Ken Thorne version is far superior a) in terms of trumpet playing and b) arrangement. Especially as Nini Rosso sings (badly) over the middle section. But getting a genuine CD recording has alluded me for years. I have a ripped mp3 (off a 45). The film overall made a big impression but I often wonder whether, if I saw it now, I would be bitterly disappointed. After all, I was only 13 when I saw it.


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14 November 1962 (Italy) See more »

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