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Wednesday, October 14, 2015


It has been a while since I saw this Roger Corman film.

Stewart Granger is Major Richard Base, a man who leads a misfit group of men to rescue an Italian General from the Nazi's during WW2.

The group consists of 5 men who have been convicted of various crimes and have skills the military needs to get the job done.

There are plenty of good action sequences in this well crafted action film. The performances are top notch, especially from Henry Silva as an assassin named John Durrell. Durrell is quiet, but knows what he has to do. He also finds a soft spot in his heart for a young female refugee and her infant son which dies while they are hiding from the Nazi's on patrol. This scene is somewhat disturbing and will surprise first time viewers.

The group eventually rescue the General and then find out he isn't who they thought he was. The rest of the cast includes Raf Vallone, William Campbell, Edd Byrnes, Peter Coe and Mickey Rooney. This has just come out on Blu-ray as well, so if you get a chance check it out. Recommended!!

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