Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Aug 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A squad of soldiers are sent on a dangerous mission to capture a key bridge leading into Germany before the Germans are able to blow the bridge up.
My Take on it – As my usual followers are probably well aware of by now, I’m a pretty big fan of World war II battle movies and there are probably more films in that genre on my top film lists than most people would think.
This film which is based (very flimsily) on real events has a great premise and plot but it is executed quite poorly due to the lack of any real or unique characters.
The characters on both sides (American and German) feel too much like caricatures of typical soldier stereotypes and don’t really offer us anything new with how they act, what actions they do or even what they say.
George Segal and Ben Gazzara are both ok here and slightly stand out due to the fact that they don’t really whitewash much of certain flaws that they both have.
The film as a whole feels way too mediocre and instead of an engaging war film, we get something quite average which is quite unfortunate.
Bottom Line – Nice idea but isn’t really presented as well as it could have been. The Americans AND German’s all feel like caricatures of typical warrior stereotypes and they don’t really give us anything new here. Segal and Gazzara are fine here mainly because they don’t whitewash certain flaws in their characters. Most of this film feels way too mediocre instead of being much more engaging like I would have hoped for.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One of the first films to be shot behind the Iron Curtain. Czechoslovakia was seen by Russia as becoming too liberal in its values, and in attempting to justify the forthcoming invasion by the USSR, Soviet agents spread the rumor that the American soldiers in the film were real. Most of them, in fact, were played by Czech students. Pictures of stored movie props were published as “proof” of weapons shipments from the US to arm local “reactionaries”. It was even reported that American tanks were rolling through the streets and occupying the towns. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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