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Casablanca Express (1989)

Not Rated | | Action, Thriller, War | 22 December 1989 (Italy)
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In 1942, a commando is assigned to protect Winston Churchill when it is learned that the Nazis are plotting to kidnap him.

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Sergio Martino

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Roberto Leoni (story), Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Connery ... Alan Cooper
Francesco Quinn ... Captain Franchetti
Jinny Steffan Jinny Steffan ... Lt. Lorna Fisher
Manfred Lehmann ... Otto Von Tiblis
Jean Sorel ... Major Valmore
Donald Pleasence ... Colonel Bats
Glenn Ford ... Major Gen. Williams
Luisa Maneri Luisa Maneri ... Nanny
Horst Schön Horst Schön ... Priest (as Horst Schon)
David Brandon ... Jason Lloyd
John Evans ... Winston Churchill
Marina Viro Marina Viro ... Olga
Giulia Urso Giulia Urso ... Liz
Giovanni Tamberi Giovanni Tamberi ... Julian
Augusto Poderosi Augusto Poderosi ... Barry
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Algiers, 1942. The special counter-intelligence agent, Alan Cooper, is assigned to protect the British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, who is aboard the Casablanca Express, on his way to a top-secret meeting with Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin. However, the Nazis already know everything about their plan, and a tactical unit of German paratroopers take the commando guards by surprise, intent on kidnapping Churchill. Now, it's up to Cooper and his fellow agents, Captain Franchetti and Lt. Lorna Fisher, to lead a desperate counter-attack before all is lost. But, can they make it in time? Written by Nick Riganas

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Action | Thriller | War

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Country:

Italy

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Italian | English

Release Date:

22 December 1989 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Casablanca, Morocco

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Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Stars' offspring in World War II drama
7 July 2007 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This film was on a DVD with another film, "The Swiss Conspiracy," so comparisons are inevitable. I gave this a 6 because I thought it was better than "The Swiss Conspiracy." Which isn't saying much. But I actually liked this film a little better than most of the other people who commented on this board.

Its stars are Jason Connery, son of Sean, and Francesco Quinn, son of Anthony, along with Glenn Ford, Donald Pleasance, Jean Sorel and Jinny Stefan. One thing that made me deeply regret watching this film was that I had never seen Glenn Ford in anything he did after Superman - until this 1989 movie. Though I give him credit for not wearing a hairpiece or getting a face lift, his appearance was an unwelcome shock.

The story concerns getting Churchill to Casablanca via train. I am not the World War II expert that some of the other reviewers here are, so I can't speak to the inaccuracies. I found the action sequences, especially those concerning the train, exciting, suspenseful, and well directed. One thing that was somewhat stupid - one of the Germans goes through the train, shooting anybody in his way - we're talking men, women, or children. Then he tells his commander that one man, whose dead body the commander sees, came after him and he had to shoot in self defense. "I told you not to kill any civilians," the commander says. So much for following orders - there was hardly anyone left alive or not wounded on the entire train of civilians!

As for the rest of the movie, forget it. I didn't feel that Quinn or Connery had any charisma or acting ability, though I notice that both men continue to rack up jobs. However, they are very handsome. Connery and Tyrone Power Jr. (who isn't in this) seem to come from the same Star Children Acting Academy - when they don't know what to do, they shake their heads and tighten their lips as a reaction to some event. This normally means that the camera is on them when they have no dialogue, and they think they have to do something. They do, but on film, often an internal thought that expresses itself in the eyes is better. Sometimes less is more. Of course, less can be less, too. Connery did this grimace/head business constantly, never changing expression.

The film had that grainy, cheap look to it and poor color. Possibly the people in this movie have moved up to better quality projects. I don't know whether that's a good or a bad thing.


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