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From Hell to Victory (1979)

Contro 4 bandiere (original title)
PG | | Drama, War | 15 March 1981 (USA)
In 1939, at a Paris café, six friends of various nationalities vow to meet again at the same spot after the end of WW2.


Umberto Lenzi (as Hank Milestone)


Anthony Fritz (screenplay), Umberto Lenzi (story) (as Hank Milestone)




Cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... Brett Rosson
George Hamilton ... Maurice Bernard
Horst Buchholz ... Jürgen Dietrich (as Horst Bucholz)
Anny Duperey ... Fabienne
Ray Lovelock ... Jim Rosson
Georges Claisse Georges Claisse ... Karl Wessel
May Heatherly ... Mary Jennings (as May Hatherley)
Howard Vernon ... SS Major Karl
Ritza Brown ... Jim's girlfriend
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Captain Vanderkreut (as Frank Farrell)
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Dick Sanders (as Jean Pierre Cassel)
Capucine ... Nicole Levine
Sam Wanamaker ... Ray MacDonald
André Lawrence ... Jean
Lambert Wilson ... Patrice - French Resistance member


On August 24, 1939, at a small French cafe, six friends are about to go their separate ways. They vow to reunite on that day each year at the cafe. The film follows each of their lives: one begins work with the French resistance, one joins the French commandos, another is forced to join the Nazi army, one becomes a flier, and the two others are just simple officers. On the day Paris is liberated, the three surviving friends meet at the cafe and get drunk. Written by Kilroy-20

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Friends, Lovers, And Then The War See more »


Drama | War


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Did You Know?


The German tanks in the climactic battle scene were U.S. M-41 Walker Bulldog light tanks, built in 1951. See more »


An establishing shot of London, purporting to be during the Battle of Britain (1940) at 27:38, shows Tower Bridge. Behind the Bridge on the left, the BT Tower is clearly visible. Construction of the Tower did not begin until 1961. See more »


Featured in Cannibals in the Streets (1980) See more »

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How could they make so many errors?
9 October 2006 | by welsaSee all my reviews

I agree with all of the other comments about this sorry movie. But I was watching it with an eye to accuracy. There were a couple of very outstanding goofs! There is a scene during the early occupation of France by Germany where a German soldier is telling an American woman that she cannot leave France. Why? Because today is December the 8th, and we are at war with America, he told her.

Wrong! Germany did not declare war on America until December 11. (Historical footnote: Germany never declared war on any country it invaded. The one nation it declared war against, the US, it never invaded!)

Later in the film during the sabotage raid on the munitions factory in Holland, a bomber was supposed to keep the Germans busy by dropping bombs all around the area. Funny thing, though, the plane never had a bomb bay door open, but the bombs kept falling anyway. I'm no expert on types of planes, but was there a two engine bomber with only a two man crew?

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