Desert Commandos (1967)

PG   |    |  Drama, War

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German commandos are dropped behind enemy lines in the Sahara Desert tasked with getting to Casablanca in an assassination attempt on allied leaders.


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2 June 2020 | ma-cortes
| Five Nazi commandos parachute into the Sahara to carry out a dangerous mission beyond enemy lines
Action-filled movie set in WWII , it follows the reckless adventures of a valiant platoon , some courageous Nazi soldiers during WWII in Morocco . German commandos dressed as British soldiers are dropped behind enemy lines in the Sahara Desert tasked with a risked assignment and must make their long way to Casablanca . Their objective : the assassination of Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin at a meeting at Casablanca . Along the way, the five face not only possible discovery by the British and American troops, but they also take on the real possibility of being shot by German troops. Suffering several flops , explosion , attacks and deaths across the way burt the leader insists on attempting to complete the commandos' mission.

Ken Clark is the leader in this ordinary wartime movie about a commando getting to Casablanca in an assassination attempt on allied leaders being professionaly directed by Umberto Lenzi . Medium budget European war film that lost continuity with US cuts . This moving film packs frantic thrills , perilous adventures , relentless feats , and buck-loads of explosive action and violence . The noisy action is uniformly well-made , especially deserving of mention the rip-roaring final scenes in which the motley group is really besieged , including some spectacular shootouts and bombing . The first half of the film allows the colorful cast of character actors to have their fun as they get their tails whipped into shape and develop a complex and tense relationship with their leader . The final part is all action , as the brave commando wreak havoc and then run for their lives . Apart from the values of team spirit , cudgeled by Ken Clark into his misfit group , the film is full of feats , suspense , and thrills . Rough , muscular, well-built , hairy-chested American actor Ken Clark was born on June 4, 1927 in Neffs, Ohio, USA as Kenneth Donovan Clark and died on June 1, 2009 in Rome, at 82 . A former model, he appeared in 'tough' western roles under contract to 20th Century Fox and then had a solid run as the second lead of several low-budget, cult science-fiction films in the 1950's . He moved to Italy during the 60's to star in spaghetti westerns and sword and sandal epics. He was an actor, known for Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959), FBI chiama Istanbul (1964) and Operation Lady Chaplin (1966). He starred several sword and sandals and adventures as Maciste nell'inferno di Gengis Khan, Jacob and Esau , Hercules invincible , Maciste contro i Mongoli, Re Manfredi , among others . Here Ken Clark is the two-fisted leader of the motley pack together thwart the enemy schemes , he gives a so-so acting while showing bizeps and muscles . Clark dominates this warfare adventure war with his strong performance as a merciless commando boss with only one purport : to execute at whatever cost the nail-biting as well as puzzling mission . Main cast is acceptable with B-actors ordinary , such as: Horst Frank , Jeanne Valérie, Howard Ross , John Stacy , Gianni Rizzo , Hintermann and Franco Fantasia .

This one belongs to a numerous group of Italian/Spanish WWII films , imitating American ones , usually directed by José Luis Merino , Leon Klimovsky , Umberto Lenzi , Bitto Albertini , Al Bradley and including tarnishing Hollywood stars , such as ¨The legion of no return¨ with Tab Hunter , ¨Hell's brigade¨ with Jack Palance , ¨Command attack¨ with Michael Rennie . All of them supported by local armies that lent tanks , weapons , soldiers and extras to make these films . This is a wartime typical vehicle and into the ¨warlike commando sub-genre¨ , in USA style which also belong the American classics as : ¨Dirty Dozen (Robert Aldrich)¨ ,¨ Where eagles dare (Brian G. Hutton)¨ , ¨Kelly's heroes (Hutton)¨, ¨Tobruk (Arthur Hiller)¨ , ¨Devil's Brigade (Andrew V McLagen)¨ and many others.

Atmospheric and functional musical score by prolific Angelo Francesco Lavagnino. Sunny cinematography in Eastmancolor filmed by Carlo Carlini , a perfect remastering is extremely necessary .This is a well conceived WWII with action filled , brief studio character , drama and exciting battles , being well directed by Umberto Lenzi .he often used the pseudonym Hank Milestone and Humphrey Logan . He's an expert on wartime genre such as he proved in ¨ Desert commandos¨ , ¨Battle of commandos¨, ¨From hell to victory¨, and ¨Bridge to hell¨.

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