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You Can't Win 'Em All (1970)

During the 1922 Turkish Civil War, two Americans and a group of foreign mercenaries offer their services to a local Turkish governor who hires them as guards for a secret transport.

Director:

Peter Collinson

Writer:

Leo Gordon (as Leo V. Gordon)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Adam Dyer
Charles Bronson ... Josh Corey
Michèle Mercier ... Aila (as Michele Mercier)
Patrick Magee ... The General - Ataturk
Fikret Hakan ... Colonel Elci
Grégoire Aslan ... Osman Bey (as Gregoire Aslan)
Leo Gordon ... Bolek
John Alderson John Alderson ... U.S. Army Major
Tony Bonner ... Reese
Horst Janson ... Wollen
John Acheson John Acheson ... Davis
Howard Goorney Howard Goorney
Salih Güney ... Capt. Enver (as Salih Guney)
Yüksel Gözen Yüksel Gözen ... Papadopoulos (as Yuksel Gozen)
Erol Keskin Erol Keskin ... (as Erol Koskin)
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Storyline

Two former U.S. Army soldiers, Adam Dyer and Josh Corey, join a band of Turkish mercenaries in 1922 Turkey. They are hired by Osman Bey, a local governor, to escort his three daughters to Smyran and to protect a gold shipment that is to accompany them. Nobody is aware that Elci, a local colonel, plans to steal the gold for himself, while a rebel general pursues all parties involved. Written by Anonymous

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SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE . . . dealing in death and destruction - for a price See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soldiers of Fortune See more »

Filming Locations:

Said Halim Pasha Manor, Turkey See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures, SRO See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michèle Mercier was dubbed by Nikki Van der Zyl. See more »

Goofs

When the biplanes strafe the trucks they let out the iconic 'jericho trumpet' sound of a WWII Stuka dive bomber. Also, they should hardly be over-revving anyway in a strafing and bombing role. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: THE AEGEAN SEA 1922 See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Oral Generation (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title Theme
Bert Kaempfert and Herbert Rehbein
Performed by Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra (uncredited)
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Rent-a-Bronson/Curtis
4 May 2010 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

In my quest of tracking down starring Charles Bronson features; "You Can't Win 'Em All" aka "Soldiers of Fortune" was one of the hardest to come by. In which is a bit a surprise, because it's rather an entertainingly sturdy old-fashion boy's own adventure with feverish plotting, buoyant performances and striking scenic locations on show. Think of another Bronson feature "Villa Rides" made two years before it, as the story is kind of similar but set in a different time, different place.

It's 1922 and two former U.S army soldiers Adam Dyer and Josh Corey meet under unusual circumstances, where these rivals join together as a group of mercenaries in Turkey. They're hired by a local governor for a mission through the Mediterranean, which includes transporting his three daughters and a gold shipment. This leads to a lot of devious developments occurring on the war-torn journey.

Charles Bronson and Tony Curtis simply clicked together as the two soldiers of fortune. Curtis' happy-go-lucky approach matched up well with Bronson's laconically calculated manner. Both provided many amusingly perceptive quips, as they try to out wit each other. The snappy script keeps the sharp humour and comic elements on the cards. This along side the illustratively sun-baked Turkey backdrop with its local flavour and revolutionary wars gave British director Peter Collinson an excitingly colourful frame to work with. His uniformed handling is lively, tough and sprawling in its made-up spectacles. Random opportunities knock for the characters to take up and so does the rough and tumble action. It's punchy with enough bangs for you buck, as the madcap narrative moves at a locomotive pace. Bert Kaempfert's flighty music score is a majestically sounding arrangement that suit's the film's epic framework and exotic locations. The cast also features the likes of Leo Gordon (who also penned the film's screenplay), Patrick Magee, Horst Janson, Tony Bonner and extremely beautiful Michèle Mercier.

"You Can't Win 'Em All" is an agreeably fitting and strong-willed adventure comedy escapism.


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