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Hell River (1974)

Partizani (original title)
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Partisans in Yugoslavia clash with the Germans that have invaded their homeland in several confrontations until the climactic battle at Hell River.

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Stole Jankovic
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Cast

Cast overview:
Rod Taylor ... Marko
Adam West ... Kurt Kohler
Brioni Farrell ... Anna Kleitz (as Xenia Gratsos)
Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic ... Braka (as Bata Zivojinovic)
Peter Carsten ... Col. Henke
Olivera Katarina ... Mila
Branko Plesa ... Gen. Steiger
Marinko Sebez Marinko Sebez ... Sele
Janez Vrhovec Janez Vrhovec ... Col. Hoffman (as Janez Vrhovac)
Dragomir Felba Dragomir Felba ... Chicha
Gizela Vukovic Gizela Vukovic ... Woman Mayor
Cane Firaunovic Cane Firaunovic ... Lt. Schuler (as Cane Franulovic)
Jovan Janicijevic-Burdus Jovan Janicijevic-Burdus ... Machek (as Jovan Janicijevic)
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Partisans attacked the ship, with lots of people and the Jews held by the Germans. After the release and attack, there is yet another partisan attack on the convoy of Germans. Partisans few more times attacked Germans without warning, which will infuriate the Germans, and lead to tragic losses the partisans and the innocent population, to the punitive expeditions and major offensives on the partisans, which will lead to the total failure of the this partisan unit. Written by krule88

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Sooner or later Hitler is going to run out of germans. See more »

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Language:

Serbo-Croatian | English

Release Date:

December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell River See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
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Released on TV as "Hell River". See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This is the story of a group of Yugoslavs who called themselves "PARTIZANS". Simple men and women who joined together in occupied Europe, to challenge and hold back Hitler's Wermacht, the best equipped and most relentless military machine the world has ever known.

This story is true.

YUGOSLAVIA 1941 See more »

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Not the worst, but hardly the best
18 September 2017 | by fredcdobbs5See all my reviews

I saw this under one of its many titles, "Hell River", and was pretty unimpressed. It has a few things going for it--for one thing the photography is quite crisp, unlike many 1970s Euro-made WW 2 "epics", which tended to be either washed-out or muddy--and the music is at least appropriate and doesn't drown out or overwhelm what's on screen--but there are a lot more cons than pro's. The performances aren't particularly good, especially Adam West, wildly miscast as a Nazi officer; he is stiff as a board, has no chemistry or connection with anyone in the cast and slips in and out of an embarrassingly bad German accent. Rod Taylor is stalwart as usual, but he's simply too old to play an action hero. Xenia Gratsos, here billed as "Brioni Farrell", matches West's wooden acting and is rather plain-looking to boot. The plethora of action scenes are done in a very by-the-numbers fashion and tend to be unrealistic, i.e., when the partisans attack a German armored column the Germans are mowed down by the dozens but only a very few partisans fall, despite the Germans opening up with everything they had.

All in all it's not as bad as a lot of the cheap WW 2 crapfests the Italians ground out like sausages in the 1960s and 1970a--my God, what a tsunami of stinkers they were--but it's nothing to write home about. Watchable, to a degree, but not memorable.


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