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Battle of the Commandos (1969)

La legione dei dannati (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, War | 12 August 1969 (Italy)
Irish Colonel Charlie McPhearson has just had his platoon of twenty-eight slaughtered by German troops. Angered at his superiors for this suicide mission, he takes convicts on his next, ... See full summary »

Director:

Umberto Lenzi

Writers:

Stefano Rolla (story) (as Stefano Bolla), Romano Maschini (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Palance ... Col. Charley MacPherson
Thomas Hunter ... Capt. Kevin Burke
Robert Hundar ... Pvt. Raymond Stone
Wolfgang Preiss ... Col. Ackerman
Helmuth Schneider ... Pvt. Sam Schrier
Guido Lollobrigida Guido Lollobrigida ... Pvt. Tom Carlyle (as Lee Burton)
Aldo Sambrell ... Sgt. Karim Habinda
Diana Lorys ... Janine
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Schiwers, the French Maquis leader
Gérard Herter ... SS Lt. Hapke (as Gerard Herter)
Mirko Ellis Mirko Ellis ... Capt. Adler
Bruno Corazzari ... Pvt. Frank Madigan
Antonio Molino Rojo ... Pvt. Albert Hank (as Molino Rojo)
Lorenzo Robledo Lorenzo Robledo ... Pvt. Bernard Knowles
Curd Jürgens ... Gen. von Reilow (as Curd Jurgens)
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Storyline

Irish Colonel Charlie McPhearson has just had his platoon of twenty-eight slaughtered by German troops. Angered at his superiors for this suicide mission, he takes convicts on his next, along with fornicating American explosives technician Major Burke, to defuse underwater mines so that a commando squado can prepare for a June 10 invasion to destroy a tank gun. Because Colonel Ackerman, whose troops killed his last platoon, is the leader of the platoon in charge of the gun, McPhearson insists on trying to complete the commandos' mission. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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Taglines:

They Challenged the Devil... and Won!

Genres:

Action | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy | Spain | West Germany

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

12 August 1969 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle of the Commandos See more »

Filming Locations:

Villamanta, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Curd Jürgens (General von Reilow) and Wolfgang Preiss (Colonel Ackerman) previously appeared in The Longest Day (1962), which likewise depicted the D-Day landings. See more »

Quotes

Col. Charley MacPherson: [to his commanding officer] You pig! You dirty rotten *pig*! There were 28 of them, my whole squad. Dead, one by one, *all* of them! And it's ALL YOUR FAULT!
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Alternate Versions

The American release has the entire film dubbed in English. The opening titles have been translated to English. The ending Italian title FINE ("The End") remains in Italian as FINE rather than in English as "The End. See more »

Connections

Edited into The Biggest Battle (1978) See more »

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Palance accent
17 January 2020 | by nickharvey-28391See all my reviews

Irish? Sounds like Scottish manx to me. Typical 60s comic type war movie.


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