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Apocalypse Mercenaries (1987)

Mercenari dell'apocalisse (original title)
| Action, War | 1987 (Italy)
An elite group of mercenaries, each with highly specialized skills, are hired to take out a German command center deep within a limestone cavern system.

Director:

Leandro Lucchetti (as John J. Dowson)

Writer:

Leandro Lucchetti (as John J. Dowson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vassili Karis Vassili Karis ... Mister (as Vassily Karis)
Bruno Bilotta ... Fierro (as Karl Landgren)
Maurice Poli ... The Reverent
Marinella Magri Marinella Magri ... Mirka (as Marlee Foster)
Thomas Rauser Thomas Rauser ... Fly Boy
Peter Hintz Peter Hintz ... Doctor
Paul Muller ... US General
David Maunsell David Maunsell ... Nazi General
Tino Castaldi Tino Castaldi
Vincenzo Failla Vincenzo Failla
Brigitte Christensen ... Blonde girl (as Gitte Christensen)
Marco Di Stefano
Francesco Madonna Francesco Madonna
Nubia Martini Nubia Martini
Monica Micheli Monica Micheli
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An elite group of mercenaries, each with highly specialized skills, are hired to take out a German command center deep within a limestone cavern system.

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Action | War

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1987 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Apocalypse Mercenaries See more »

Filming Locations:

Pastena, Lazio, Italy

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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In Spain it was released directly to videocassette in 2 different editions. Both editions had a fake drawn poster. In one poster, one of the characters included a look-a-like version of Arnold Schwarzenegger just like the movie Raw Deal (1986). The other included the characters of the movie Nasty Hero (1987). See more »

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Great title....for a crappy Dirty Dozen rip off
3 March 2019 | by BezenbySee all my reviews

This terrible film takes its plot from the usual sixties Italian War film (you know - half a dozen or thereabouts misfits sent behind enemy lines to take part in a suicide mission), marries it with some eighties music, then has the actors within constantly react to footage from another film. For the entire duration of the film. It's awful!

WW2, central Europe, senior officer Paul Muller needs a bunch of specialized troops to destroy a German command centre just over the Yugoslavian border. You know the drill - there's the hardcore leader of the group, the explosives expert, the fluent German speaker, the muscly, Rambo guy as this is the eighties, and another guy whom I wasn't quite sure had a special skill. He was a pilot when we first meet him but didn't do any flying after that.

They also pick up a female partisan but as this film is purely a cardboard cut-out of films that weren't that great in the first place, why bother going on with the plot? There's a bit of reflection, a bit of romance, some truly terrible action sequences, blah blah blah. What's more annoying is that the film that the stolen footage is lifted from looks great! A full-on epic war film with a huge cast of extras, loads of tanks and planes, and loads of action - where's that one hiding?

Some chuckles can be had from the crappy acting of the extras and Maurice Poli's performance is like he's doing a pantomime in Glasgow rather than being an explosive expert in WW2, but I wasn't a fan of this plot the first time around, so the eighties version doesn't work for me either. The Rambo rip-offs, however, do float my boat.

The soundtrack's good though.


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