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The War Devils (1969)

I diavoli della guerra (original title)
PG | | War , Drama | 1972 (USA)
A German Captain and American Captain help each other survive the North African desert during WWII. They meet again a year later during combat operations in France.


Bitto Albertini (as Bert Albertini)


Bitto Albertini (screenplay), Bitto Albertini (story) | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Madison ... George Vincent
Venantino Venantini ... Heinrich Meinike (as Van Tenney)
Anthony Steel ... Colonel James Steele
Pascale Petit ... Jeanine Raush
Enrique Ávila ... Franz Kelner
Raf Baldassarre Raf Baldassarre ... The Sheik (as Raf Baldwin)
Claudio Biava Claudio Biava ... Sergeant Kelp
Federico Boido ... Willy Wendt (as Rick Boyd)
Frank Braña ... Peter Kolowsky (as Franc Brana)
Giuseppe Castellano ... Joe Abrams (as Joseph Castle)
Massimo Righi ... Bill Harley (as Max Dean)
Giancarlo Prete ... Fred Rogers (as Jack Garder)
Paolo Giusti Paolo Giusti ... Steve Giannini (as Paul Just)
Renato Romano ... Smith (as Rudy Romans)
Tommy Roy Tommy Roy ... Patrick Mackintosh (as Tomas Roy)


A German Captain and American Captain help each other survive the North African desert during WWII. They meet again a year later during combat operations in France.

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War | Drama


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Italy | Spain



Release Date:

1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The War Devils See more »

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Primex,Tilma Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Approximately at the 10:29 mark, after the Paratroopers land, they meet up with natives and are getting ready to conceal themselves to some German scouting. In the background in the distance, between the palm trees, there appears to be a van & car. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the Spanish version of the film, the role of Colonel Steele is played by , whereas in the international version this role is played by . See more »


Edited from The Battle of El Alamein (1969) See more »

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Half good, half bad
8 October 2002 | by vinnienhSee all my reviews

Although this warstory has some fine actors: Guy Madison, Anthony Steel, John Ireland (the latter unfortunately in a VERY small part) it still isn't quite what it promises to be in the beginning; starting off excitingly in the battle between Americans and Germans in the North-African 1943-desert, we are given a sensitive portrayal of the comradeship between two enemies (a German "Hauptmann" -played very fine by Venantino Venantini- and US-Captain Madison) who meet again one year later in occupied France, so this movie is actually divided in two different stories, one in the desert and the other in Europe. However, in the second part the usual battlescenes appear and "War Devils" becomes another routine actionflick. At the end (of course) the German, who even in Italian (!) pictures obviously and finally has to be the "bad guy" gets killed by resistance men and US-soldiers. This I found very weak: once you get sympathy with Venantini, he is killed! However, all in all compared to the American efforts on warfilms this is a superiour must-see!

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