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The Secret Invasion (1964)

In 1943, a group of hardened criminals is pardoned on the condition it accepts a mission to free a captive Italian general from the clutches of the Nazis.

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Roger Corman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Granger ... Maj. Richard Mace
Raf Vallone ... Roberto Rocca - Organizer
Mickey Rooney ... Terence Scanlon - Demolition
Edd Byrnes ... Simon Fell - Forger
Henry Silva ... John Durrell - Assassin
Spela Rozin ... Mila (as Mia Massini)
William Campbell ... Jean Saval
Helmo Kindermann Helmo Kindermann ... German Fortress Commandant
Enzo Fiermonte ... Gen. Quadri
Peter Coe ... Marko - Resistance Leader
Nan Morris Nan Morris ... Stephana
Helmuth Schneider Helmuth Schneider ... German Patrol Boat Captain (as Helmut Schneider)
Giulio Marchetti Giulio Marchetti ... Italian Officer
Nicholas Rend Nicholas Rend ... Captain of Fishing Boat
Craig March Craig March
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Storyline

The Nazis imprison an Italian general who was planning to switch sides and turn over his army to the Allied side. Allied headquarters sends a small, somewhat misfit group of soldiers to spring the general from prison and carry out his plans. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

26 September 1964 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dubious Patriots See more »

Filming Locations:

Dubrovnik, Croatia, Yugoslavia See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,000,000, 31 December 1964
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Roger Corman came up with the idea for the film during a visit to the dentist, when he read a magazine article about Dubrovnik. To take his mind off the pain while the dentist was working, he tried to create a story which could be filmed there. After leaving the dentist, he returned to his office and wrote the first treatment for the script. See more »

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At c.25 minutes there is a short close-up of the baby breast-feeding. However the mother's shirt is a different colour and design from the other shots. See more »

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Rugged WWII actioner concerning about an experienced Major and his misfit commando
24 August 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This exciting and so-so war movie produced by Gene Corman packs thrills, suspense , plot twists , lots of action sequences and climatic ending , but doesn't quite hang together. Passable warfare film follows a group of convicts soldiers played by all star cast who undergoes assignment against the promise of free pardons. It deals with Major Mace (Stewart Granger) , a tough commandant , he assigns a motley team(Mickey Rooney ,Raf Vallone , Edd Byrnes, Henry Silva, William Campbell) for a dangerous mission whose aim is to free an Italian General (Enzo Fiermonte) . As Stewart Granger training an outfit of rebels and misfits soldiers for a risked assault in Yugoslavia where they contact partisans. The commando must participate in a suicidal mission, the first to wipe a Yugoslavian little town and after an assault over a strong position located on Dubrovnik , Croacia, where is imprisoned the Italian General. Each member of the squad keeps time by rhythmically snapping his fingers so the kidnap can be coordinated . They wreak havoc and kill Nazis to earn the respect of military higher-ups in an exciting final .

This low-budgeted and appropriate runtime warfare film concerns about an incredible lesson of courage set in WWII . This flag-waving film packs frantic thrills, perilous adventures, relentless feats , and buck-loads of explosive action and violence . The noisy action is uniformly well-made, especially deserving of mention the rip-roaring final scenes on the mountains and battle at Dubrovnik city . Fine location cinematography by Arthur Arling and powerful musical score by Hugo Friedhofer . Serious and rough Stewart Granger is good as leader of the motley pack together thwart the the Nazi schemes, as well as the largely secondary cast with particular mention to Henry Silva and Raf Vallone who finish developing a sincere friendship . The film belongs to Commandos sub-genre operating beyond enemy lines whose maximum examples result to be the classics as ¨Dirty dozen¨(Robert Aldrich) , ¨Guns of Navarone¨ (J.L. Thompson) , ¨When eagles dare ¨ (Brian G Hutton), ¨ and ¨Kelly's heroes¨ (Hutton) and other movies that were made during the 60s and 70s regarding wartime adventures about special forces in risked missions .

The motion picture is professionally directed by Roger Corman . After his period realizing poverty-budget horror movies as ¨Swamp woman, The beast with a million of eyes, Attack of the crab monsters , Undead¨, then came the cycle of tales of terror based on Poe as ¨ House of Usher, Pit and pendulum, The raven , Tales of terror, The masque of the red death ¨ , and meanwhile Corman made this passable war film that achieved limited success.


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