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When Heroes Die (1970)

Consigna: matar al comandante en jefe (original title)
The story of a group of American commandos assigned to kidnap General Rommel. But the soldiers are caught by the Germans who decide to use their plan against them. Replacing the American ... See full summary »

Director:

José Luis Merino

Writers:

Manuel Sebares (subject), José Luis Merino (subject) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Craig Hill ... Capitán Richard Harvey
Manuel Zarzo ... Claude
Annabella Incontrera ... Charlotte (as Anabella Incontrera)
Carlos Quiney Carlos Quiney
Piero Lulli Piero Lulli ... Erwin Rommel
Enrique Ávila
Vicente Roca Vicente Roca ... Heinrich Himmler
Charly Bravo Charly Bravo ... (as Carlos Bravo)
Rafael Corés Rafael Corés ... Admiral Wilhelm Canaris
Ricardo Valle Ricardo Valle
Rafael Vaquero Rafael Vaquero
Remo De Angelis Remo De Angelis
Alan Parker Alan Parker
Aldo Sambrell ... James (as Aldo Sanbrell)
María Silva ... Nicole
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The story of a group of American commandos assigned to kidnap General Rommel. But the soldiers are caught by the Germans who decide to use their plan against them. Replacing the American soldiers with German soldiers, and with the help of a fake "kidnapped" Rommel, they plan to kill General Eisenhower. Written by Ørnås

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soldier | plan | rommel | commando | nazi | See All (12) »

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War

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Country:

Spain | Italy

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

13 November 1970 (Spain) See more »

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When Heroes Die See more »

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Hispamer Films,Inducine See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Convoluted plot-line but ultimately a standard Euro war flick
13 November 2016 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

During World War II a group of American soldiers carrying out a deadly mission behind German lines are captured. The German high command - Heinrich Himmler no less - decide to replace them with their own special forces men who adopt their identities, while using a Rommel lookalike to pretend he is the captured General, who will in turn assassinate General Eisenhower. Somehow.

You may have noticed that the plot synopsis above barely makes any sense. It is indeed a truly biscuit-taking bit of screen-writing. But in fairness to it, it does allow for a plot-line that is a bit different to what we usually get. This is a Euro war movie which is mainly of Spanish origin. Like many of its Italian brethren it shows the influence of the American hit The Dirty Dozen (1967), what with its motley crew of soldiers cobbled together to take on an impossibly dangerous mission in which you know most of them are going to die. This one I guess is a little unusual though in that it is the Germans who we are cheering on. It sort of starts out pretty well in all honesty but it does get a little bogged down in tedium once we enter its second half. It becomes a more undistinctive action movie and it does cop out a little at the end also. In the final analysis, there are some original elements to this one but it pans out as a pretty mediocre movie.


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