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“I accidentally killed a loud mouth sergeant just like you. Ya wanna try for two? They can only shoot me once.” – Pvt. Fred Canfield
Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Sep 2019)
Brief Synopsis – During World War II, a group of Escaped American Army prisoners jjon a dangerous mission to stop a Nazi rocket from being used against the Allies.
My Take on it – This is a movie that I came across completely by accident.
I was looking for a copy of the Quentin Tarantino film with the same name on IMDB and came across this one.
The premise intrigued me,so I decoded that it was the perfect choice for a film to watch for this blogathon.
This is a completely silly film that is able to somehow manage to be fun from start to finish.
It constantly feels as if the copied the original premise of The Dirty Dozen (1967) and chose to make an Italian “spaghetti western” style World War II film with a very similar premise.
This movie doesn’t have a serious tone to it at all and everything tat happens is done over the top yet somehow still s riveting to watch from start to finish.
The characters are all shown to be completely insane, yet that actually helps the story because they need to be this crazy in order to fulfill this mission that they are tasked with.
The cast is filled with a lot of actors who seem familiar yet none are well known actors.
This actually helps make things more plausible because each of them gives off the everyman feeling which helps make us believe that we are watching a group of faceless or unknown soldiers instead of popular actors.
The action scenes are completely overdone but that helps add so much to the fun feeling that this film reeks of throughout.
I can completely understand why Quentin would love this film enough to secure the title for himself and it’s so hard to dislike this film because it’s so bad, it’s actually so enjoyable to watch.
Bottom Line – Such a fun movie even though it’s extremely silly. The film feels like a Dirty Dozen (1967) doppelganger yet it doesn’t carry the more serious tone of that film along with it. The characters are all presented as being really crazy, yet that helps the story actually work even better because they need to be insane for the mission to succeed. The cast has some familiar faces in it, but overall, the fact that they aren’t easily recognizable helps make them feel more like regular unknown soldiers. The action is overdone here but that also helps make this story even more enjoyable to watch unfold since it’s all completely over the top. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the interview with Quentin Tarantino for an ‘extra’ in the 2008 re-release of the film on DVD Enzo G. Castellari points out that several scenes had to be re-scripted and/or shot differently as during filming the Italian Government, in response to increasing activity by the terrorist Red Brigade, drafted a law prohibiting the holding of weapons (even blank firing ‘prop’ weapons) in case they fell into Red Brigade hands. The castle rescue scenes originally featured a massive shoot out, but were rewritten into the covert attack and escape featured, using knives, catapults and crossbows instead of firearms. The scene where Bo Svenson’s character shoots the guards in the train lab was shot differently with a single squib at the end of the (fake) MP40 in the long shot, followed by a zoom into Bo’s face with the sound of gunfire dubbed. Enzo G. Castellari threw spent rounds into shot to maintain the illusion of the weapon firing with the set electrician waving his hand in front of a lamp to simulate muzzle flash. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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