Counterfeit Commandos

Counterfeit Commandos

Enzo G Castellari (1978)

95min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Quentin Tarantino took inspiration from this little-known but enjoyable wartime adventure for his own Inglourious Basterds. It concerns a motley group of American soldiers on their way to prison who manage to escape but still end up on a perilous commando mission to disrupt the Nazi rocket programme. Pitched somewhere between Kelly's Heroes and The Dirty Dozen, this Italian production is no star vehicle, though Bo Svenson (Kill Bill), blaxploitation legend Fred Williamson (From Dusk till Dawn) and British actor Ian Bannen (The Hill) may be familiar to some. The locations are fantastic and the Peckinpah-style action sequences pretty spectacular, but some variable acting and dodgy dubbing prevent this tongue-in-cheek yarn from achieving classic cult status.

Summary

Four American soldiers being transported to military prison through Nazi-occupied France escape when their convoy is attacked. Initially planning to escape to neutral Switzerland, they end up helping the French resistance steal a V2 rocket. Second World War thriller, starring Bo Svenson and Peter Hooten. In Italian, German, French and English.

Cast & Crew

Lt Robert Yeager Bo Svenson
Tony Peter Hooten
Pte Fred Canfield Fred Williamson
Nick Michael Pergolani
Berle Jackie Basehart
Veronique Michel Constantin
Nicole Debra Berger
Adolf Sachs Raimund Harmstorf
Director Enzo G Castellari
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Other Information

Language: English, German, French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and nudity.Available on: DVD
Drama