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War story of the 27th Panzers, Hitler's heavy-duty combat regiment composed of prisoners. In 1943, this motley tank crew is sent on a suicide mission behind enemy lines to destroy a Soviet train that's carrying fuel for the Red Army.

Director:

Gordon Hessler

Writers:

Sven Hassel (novel), Nelson Gidding (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruce Davison ... Cpl. Joseph Porta
David Patrick Kelly ... The Legionnaire
D.W. Moffett ... Capt. Erich von Barring
Jay O. Sanders ... Tiny
Keith Szarabajka ... Old Man
Oliver Reed ... The General
David Carradine ... Col. Von Weisshagen
Branko Vidakovic Branko Vidakovic ... Cpl. Hugo Stege (as Branko Vidak)
Slavko Stimac ... Sven Hassel
Boris Komnenic Boris Komnenic ... Bauer
Andreja Maricic Andreja Maricic ... Müller
Klaus Pagh Klaus Pagh ... Reinhardt
Anton Sosic Anton Sosic ... Freckles
Svetislav 'Bule' Goncic Svetislav 'Bule' Goncic ... Sgt. Siegfried (as Svetislav Goncic)
Gordana Bjelica Gordana Bjelica ... Russian Officer
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Storyline

In 1943, the Nazi Germany is suffering heavy losses at the Eastern Front and an order for all-out retreat is eventually issued. The 27th Penal Panzer Regiment, consisting solely of people convicted of various real or political crimes ranging from incest to dissidence, has just returned from Stalingrad where German forces were decimated by the Soviets after a year-long bloody fight. They are a motley tank crew that consists of Sergeant Willie Beier (aka Old Man), a family man who fears for the safety of his wife and child if he disobeys the Nazis, Corporal Joseph Porta, the team's fixer and a self-proclaimed communist who always tries to keep his spirits up whether through gambling, drinking or simple tomfoolery, Corporal Hugo Stege, Porta's "partner in crime", young Sven Hassel, a character based on real Sven Hassel, the writer of the novel that the movie was based on, Wolfgang Creutzfeldt (aka Tiny), a dimwitted and often violent giant of a man and Bauer, a silent but friendly ...

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tank | army | train | red army | german | See All (56) »

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This group of last round draft picks ... wouldn't take orders ... didn't dress in uniform ... couldn't win a battle ! But they were the biggest bunch of lunatics ever to roll into war !

Genres:

Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Denmark

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wheels of Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Yugoslavia

Company Credits

Production Co:

Panorama Film A/S See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film is based on Danish writer Sven Hassel's 1979 war novel "Wheels of Terror". Hassel was actually part of the German Panzerkorp during the war and most of his novels are based on his experiences or stories he heard during the war, although some dispute the veracity of his work. He always puts himself in the novels, sometimes as a major participant and sometimes as a minor observer. The character of Sven Hassel also appears in this novel and is played in the movie adaptation by Slavko Stimac. See more »

Goofs

The fight between Tiny and the Legionnaire takes place in "Comrades of war" also the character of Freckles is not in the novel. See more »

Quotes

[yelling at Tiny in a tank with very limited space]
The Legionnaire: Watch it you stupid shit! Damn Russians in front of me and this fucking idiot behind me!
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needs real talent to make movie of this
10 October 2002 | by mitchell-k-millerSee all my reviews

You need real talent to make a movie of Sven Hassel's comrades during WWII. The talent was not there. It would also be high budget with an incredible screenplay. As to Oyster's comments (or whatever your name is)you are badly misinformed. Because of incosistencies in his books? Oh, boo hoo! Look for some in The Holy Bible - ever heard of it? Go on Yahoo and search for Sven Hassel: whooomp! - There it is! A picture of him in a German Army uniform. Standard archives shot. A lot of right-wingers in Europe have tried to discredit Hassel with "documented" proof of his "lies." He didn't lie: Hitler's War Against Civilization was horrifying-- especially to the guys who had to fight it. I have always wondered if the guys were real. Hassel has said that they were real and that most died in the war. Tiny and the Legionairre, now very old, are living on retirement pay from the French Foreign Legion. What I wouldn't give to meet them!


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