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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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Storyline

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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partisan | german | attack | ship | jew | See All (51) »

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

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Action | Drama | Romance | War

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Language:

Serbo-Croatian | English

Release Date:

December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
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A lot of the "German" armored vehicles are actually American. 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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Referenced in Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019) See more »

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Pathetic war movie
15 August 2007 | by AylmerSee all my reviews

This is exactly the sort of war movie most buffs envision when they hear "Yugoslavian War Movie". Sure, for every good bigger-budget war movie like "Neretva" or "Sutjeska" that the Yugoslavs turned out, they made about 10 awful, cheap ones. This goes in the latter category, with poor acting, badly directed action scenes, unrealistic and un-scary villain, and poverty-row equipment and effects.

The first indication is the poor quality opening scene when partisans attack a German riverboat. The confused and bewildered Germans put up little fight and Adam West (totally unbelievable as a German officer) escapes to reap his vengeance. His later idiotic ski-troop attack is one of the worst, most one-sided action scenes in war movie history. I don't think the Germans even attempted to sneak up on the Partisans, much less actually wound or kill any of them.

The final action scene has a lot of the expected sledgehammer Yugo propaganda with a motley crew of barely armed freedom fighters beating back wave after wave of German tanks and soldiers. Sure, they had high morale and eventually won out due to overwhelming numbers (and Soviet intervention) but this movie makes it look like 30 Germans died for every 1 Partisan. Yeah right.

Right down there with "BOMB AT 10:10" and "BATTLE OF THE EAGLES".


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