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||IMDB Rating: 4.8/10 from PG votes
||Release: N/A /
||Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
||Director: Umberto Lenzi,
||Stars: Adventure, Drama, War
||Synopsis: 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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Italian director Umberto Lenzi, who went on to bring audiences across
the globe epic schlock in "The Greatest Battle" and incredibly cheap
thrills in "Bridge to Hell" begins his career in the war genre with a
slam-bang suspense piece which proves to be, undoubtedly, one of the
best war movies to come out of Italy in the 1960s.
The story is fresh and original, and presented with unique twists from
beginning to end. Five German soldiers are parachuted into North
Africa, and will trek to Casablanca to assassinate a conference of
Churchill, Roosevelt and DeGaulle.
Lenzi's film is a true example of character-driven drama at its best.
Ken Clark is Captain Schoeller, leader of the unit, and he's never less
than totally convincing as a die-hard advocate of Hitler and Nazism.
Horst Frank ("Thunder from the West") plays Lt. Wolf with gusto and
conviction. Wolf's mother is American and his best friend is a Jew, so
he and Schoeller don't see eye-to-eye. He and Schoeller clash over
opposing ideals several times. Despite their dissension, both are
dedicated soldiers who have a job to get done, and grudgingly work
together to accomplish the mission. Lenzi never strays far from this
central conflict of ideals, always keeping his message clearly in
The supporting cast of familiar European actors is excellent
all-around. Carlo Hintermann, Hardy Reychelt and Howard Ross round out
the German team. Hintermann makes the most of his little role as a
tough, dedicated German Sergeant, a career soldier who'll do what he's
told when he's told, no questions asked. Jeanne Valerie and Fabienne
Dali are two female characters, whose motives are never clearly defined
until the film's third act and that's when you realize whose side
each is really on. Gianni Rizzo has a few brief scenes as a French
informer, working with the Germans, and gets to do blast away at
American soldiers with a machinegun in one of the film's nail-biting
action scenes. Be sure to watch for Tom Felleghy ("The Greatest
Battle"), John Stacy ("Battle of the Commandos"), and Franco Fantasia
("Adios, Sabata") in small, yet key roles as Allied officers.
Though the action-packed footage is scant, what's here is brilliantly
edited and directed. The third act is tense and fast-paced, as the
German "heroes" dodge bullets across rooftops and duck through
alleyways as American MPs are in hot pursuit. The final infiltration of
Churchill's banqueting hall is excellently set up, with frustratingly
deliberate pacing, which will leave you on the edge of your seat. This
climax ends abruptly with a great surprise, causing your jaw to drop as
you wonder "What just happened
?" Two aspects of film-making that Lenzi
and his crew seem to emphasize are the sets and landscapes. There is
not one shot in this movie that looks out of place. When the German
officers talk in headquarters, the interior looks like an office in a
German headquarters. The film is set in the desert, and there are
constant wide shots as actors speak and walk which reveal that these
scenes were actually shot in the vast Egyptian sand dunes. The oasis of
Kuffran looks especially bustling, and the essence of the atmosphere of
Casablanca during wartime is superbly captured. During this time
period, many directors fell back on shabby interiors and shot in
outdoor locations which looked completely wrong. For example, "Commando
Attack", also shot in 1967, was lensed in Spain and exteriors were
passed off as "southern France", yet it's clearly visible the action
was not occurring in the French countryside.
Finally, there are a number of other little details which contribute to
this film's success: fine editing and camera-work give this movie a
very professional look and feel; it always looks professional. Lenzi is
just starting to develop his style, and his signature close-ups are
used in moderation, but mean all the more when they are used. There are
some great crane shots and wide shots used to establish the scope of
the sets, most notably in the scenes set in Casablanca.
This is definitely a great film, with some strongly developed internal
conflicts and fleshed-out characters. The quality of Lenzi's films
would degenerate as the years passed, but "Desert Commando" is easily
one of the best war films to come out of 1967, ranking right up there
with "The Dirty Dozen".
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