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Quel maledetto treno blindato (1978)

In 1944 France, a group of escaped American military prisoners en route to Switzerland volunteers to steal a Nazi V2 rocket warhead for the Allies.

Director:

Enzo G. Castellari
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bo Svenson ... Lt. Robert Yeager
Peter Hooten ... Tony
Fred Williamson ... Pvt. Fred Canfield
Michael Pergolani ... Nick
Jackie Basehart ... Berle
Michel Constantin ... Veronique
Debra Berger ... Nicole
Raimund Harmstorf Raimund Harmstorf ... Adolf Sachs
Ian Bannen ... Col. Charles Thomas Buckner
Flavio Andreini ... Examination Corporal
Peter Boom Peter Boom ... German Officer on Train
Vito Fornari Vito Fornari ... SS Officer
Manfred Freyberger Manfred Freyberger ... SS Commander
Joshua Sinclair ... The Sergeant (as John Loffredo)
Mike Morris Mike Morris ... Colonel Hauser
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Storyline

In 1944, in France, the rogue American soldiers Lieutenant Robert Yeager, Private Fred Canfield, the murderer Tony, the thief Nick and the coward Berle are transported to a military prison. However, the convoy is attacked by the Germans and they survive and flee with the intention of cross the border of Switzerland. Along their journey, they fight against a German platoon and capture the German prisoner Adolf Sachs that offers to guide them to the Swiss border. When they meet a German troop, they kill them but sooner they discover that they actually were and American commando in a mission headed by Colonel Buckner to steal a German V2 warhead. Lt. Yeager, Fred, Tony and Nick offer to risk their lives to accomplish the mission. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Whatever the Dirty Dozen did they do it dirtier! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

English | German | French | Italian

Release Date:

December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadly Mission See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Film Concorde See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Enzo G. Castellari's first collaboration with Fred Williamson. See more »

Goofs

When Bo Svenson and Ian Bannen first enter the German train and pass four guards, the guard on the far left breaks character and starts to laugh at the end of the shot. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Tony: Nicole! Nicole.
Nicole: Tony! Tony!
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Alternate Versions

A shorter version, cut for the blaxpoitation market, came out on VHS, called 'G.I. Bro'. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Train Kept A-Rollin' (2008) See more »

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Bargain Bin "Dirty Dozen" with Style to Spare
22 September 2009 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

A group of American convicts in WWII Europe escapes in transport and makes their way for the Swiss border. Along the way they encounter German platoons -- lots of shoot outs ensue. Eventually, they come across another American contingent and are mistaken for a special ops team whose plan is to bomb a Nazi train carrying some sort of big fancy weapon. More shoot outs ensue.

Leave your hat and your desire for plot logic at the door if you want to enjoy this bargain-bin version of "The Dirty Dozen." Much of this film doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but you won't realize it doesn't make sense until after the movie's over, because while you're watching it it's easy to be distracted by the energy of the storytelling and film-making. One thing this movie has is style.

Bo Svenson heads the cast of mostly unknowns, though Ian Bannen (who has an Academy Award nomination to his credit, though not for this) brings some actorly street cred to the film as a general. The movie makes no effort whatsoever to capture the period feel of 1944 Europe. The various pornstaches on display are pure 1978.

Grade: A-


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