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Dirty Heroes (1968)

Dalle Ardenne all'inferno (original title)
G | | Drama, War | 8 May 1968 (France)
Holland. Spring 1945. Two armies face each other in the final confrontation of World War II. On the one hand are the powerful forces of the Allies, on the other, all that remains of the ... See full summary »


Alberto De Martino


Dino Verde (story), Vincenzo Mannino (story) (as Vincenzo Flamini) | 7 more credits »




Credited cast:
Frederick Stafford ... Joe Mortimer, Sesame
Daniela Bianchi ... Kristina von Keist
John Ireland ... Capt. O'Connor
Curd Jürgens ... Gen. Edwin von Keist
Michel Constantin ... Sgt Rudolph Petrowsky
Helmuth Schneider ... SS Gen. Hassler
Howard Ross Howard Ross ... Randall
Fajda Nicol Fajda Nicol ... Magda (as Faida Nichols)
Anthony Dawson ... American Colonel (as Anthony M. Dawson)
Jacques Monod Jacques Monod ... Partisan
Adolfo Celi ... Luc Rollman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bartha ... Hassler's Subordinate
Valentino Macchi Valentino Macchi


Holland. Spring 1945. Two armies face each other in the final confrontation of World War II. On the one hand are the powerful forces of the Allies, on the other, all that remains of the Third Reich. The scene is set for the Battle of the Ardennes. Written by Leigh Thomas

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They Hit With All They've Got...For All They Can Get!!! See more »


Drama | War


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First "macaroni combat" movie (Italian WW2 flicks), in the wake of The Dirty Dozen (1967)'s success, done in Italy. The Battle of El Alamein (1969) and Eagles Over London (1969) ("multo superiore" by director Enzo G. Castellari) followed, also with Frederick Stafford. See more »

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Some home video prints run 105 minutes, while other uncut prints run 120 minutes. See more »

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THE DIRTY HEROES (Alberto De Martino, 1967) **1/2
21 November 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Possibly the best that I've watched of the "Euro-Cult" variations on Hollywood's war-themed spectaculars of the 1960s (ditto with respect to the films of director De Martino); that said, its overall quality is only comparable to second-tier legitimate efforts like, say, THE DEVIL'S BRIGADE (1968) or KELLY'S HEROES (1970)!

I've watched a few of these during the past year and they mostly emerged to be competent and enjoyable, but also instantly forgettable; being usually co-productions between various European countries, they still managed to attract a number of international stars. In this case, the hero is played by American Frederick Stafford (who later made BATTLE OF EL ALAMEIN [1969] and EAGLES OVER London [1969]). Interestingly, the film co-stars four James Bond alumni in leading lady Daniela Bianchi (FROM Russia, WITH LOVE [1963]), Curd Jurgens (THE SPY WHO LOVED ME [1977]), Adolfo Celi (THUNDERBALL [1965]) and Anthony Dawson (DR. NO [1962]); also on hand are Howard Ross, Michel Constantine, John Ireland and, most impressively perhaps, Helmuth Schneider as a nasty SS officer.

What's unusual about this particular title is that it throws in an elaborate diamond caper (with access to the vault gained from under water) amidst the usual Nazis-vs.-Partisans action. Of course, to complicate matters further is the budding romance between Stafford and Bianchi (she's a Jew married to high-ranking German officer Jurgens!) and, besides, virtually all those involved have their own agenda as to what to do with the loot! The action sequences are no less sweeping than those of the typical Hollywood outing, particularly during the (rather protracted) climax – this is then followed by a clumsy attempt to tie up its many loose ends, thus making the whole even more overlong! As a matter of fact, in hindsight it seems that the film doesn't know whether it wants to be a straightforward war actioner, a tongue-in-cheek caper adventure or something a lot more solemn altogether, but at least it does have its moments in each of these facets.

Incidentally, this was one of the few times where composers Ennio Morricone and Bruno Nicolai shared credit for a film score (which is alternately stirring and melancholy); usually, the latter either composed alone or conducted the former's themes.

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