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9 September 1970 (USA) See more »
Bust The Dam!-- Blow Up The War! See more »
In 1944, during a sabotage mission, the sole surviving U.S. paratrooper is saved by a group of Italian orphans who later aid him in blowing-up a vital enemy dam. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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" If you believe getting revenge will bring them back, go ahead and shoot " See more (14 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rock Hudson ... Turner

Sylva Koscina ... Bianca

Sergio Fantoni ... Von Hecht

Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... Schwalberg (as Giacomo Rossi-Stuart)

Jacques Sernas ... Maj. Taussig

Mark Colleano ... Aldo
Mauro Gravina ... Carlo
John Fordyce ... Dino
Giuseppe Cassuto ... Franco
Amedeo Castracane ... Tonio
Giancarlo Colombaioni ... Romeo
Ronald Colombaioni ... Mikko
Valerio Colombaioni ... Arturo
Giuseppe Coppola ... Rico
Luigi Criscuolo ... Paolo
Gaetano Danaro ... Umberto
Vincenzo Danaro ... Silvio
Daniel Dempsey ... Giorgio
Anna-Luisa Giacinti ... Maria
Daniel Keller ... Tekko
Mauro Orsi ... Luigi
Maurizio-Fabrizio Tempio ... Mario
Jean Valmont ... Scarpi
Rod Dana ... U.S. Colonel
Tom Felleghy ... Colonel Jannings (as Tom Fellighi)
Andrea Bosic ... General Von Kleber
Andrea Esterhazy ... General Dohrmann (as Bondy Esterhazy)
Mino Doro ... Italian Doctor

Gérard Herter ... Capt. Kreuger (as Gerard Herter)
Jacques Stany ... Ehrlich
Hardy Stuart ... Gunther
Marco Gobbi ... Hermann (as Bruno Marco Gobbi)
Max Turilli ... Colonel Weede
Alain Chammas ... 1st. Sentry
Amos Davoli ... 2st. Sentry
Goffredo Unger ... Merkel (as Freddie Unger)
Larry Dolgin ... Pilot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Conroy ... German Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Phil Karlson 
Franco Cirino (credited on Italian print)
Writing credits
S.S. Schweitzer (story) &
Stanley Colbert (story)

S.S. Schweitzer (screenplay)

Produced by
Stanley S. Canter .... producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Gábor Pogány (director of photography) (as Gabor Pogany)
Film Editing by
J. Terry Williams  (as Terry Williams)
Art Direction by
Arrigo Equini 
Makeup Department
Mark Reedall .... makeup artist: Rock Hudson
Production Management
Graham Cottle .... production manager
Ottavio Oppo .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Franco Cirino .... first assistant director
Sound Department
David Hildyard .... sound mixer
Alban Streeter .... sound editor (as Al Streeter)
Special Effects by
A. Paul Pollard .... special effects (as Paul Pollard)
George Robotham .... stunt supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Idelmo Simonelli .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca .... wardrober (as Annalisa Nasalli Rocca)
Other crew
Stanley S. Canter .... presenter
James Dobson .... script consultant
William Evans .... auditor
Alfredo Sinatra .... controller
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Hornets' Nest" - Canada (English title) (imdb display title)
"I lupi attaccano in branco" - Italy
"Il vespaio" -
"Nido de avispas" - Mexico (imdb display title), Spain
"Ampiaispesä" - Finland (imdb display title)
"Cuibul de viespi" - Romania (imdb display title)
"Düsman yuvasi" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Darázsfészek" - Hungary
"Das Wespennest" - Germany (imdb display title)
"Getingboet" - Finland (Swedish title) (informal title)
"Hvepsereden" - Denmark
"I sfikofolia" - Greece (video title)
"L'assaut des jeunes loups" - France
"Ninho de Vespas" - Brazil
"O Ninho das Víboras" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"O lohagos Turner" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Partisanerna" - Sweden (imdb display title)
"Yôsai" - Japan (imdb display title)
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Rated R for some war violence (2011)
110 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Australia:SOA (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (1990) | Finland:K-18 (1988) | Finland:(Banned) (1970) | Germany:16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | USA:GP | USA:M (original rating) | USA:R (2011)

Did You Know?

The name of the dam to be destroyed is Della Norte, which means "Dam of the North". The film is set, and was filmed, in northern Italy.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the German Major and German Captain enter the radio room after the raid on the village, the radioman 'corpse' in the chair clearly takes several quick controlled breaths by breathing with his abdomen, then visibly swallows, right before he starts holding his breath. He is immediately knocked out of his chair and out of frame off screen by the Captain, probably to prevent more visible breathing from a corpse on the film.See more »
Von Hecht:[after being shot in the arm by Aldo] Just what I need. A shoe shine. Congratulations. You've just captured a whole live German.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Django Unchained (2012)See more »


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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
" If you believe getting revenge will bring them back, go ahead and shoot ", 26 April 2009
Author: thinker1691 from USA

It has been argued the Germans during World War Two made a number of mistakes with the various countries they conquered. In some cases, those mistakes were colossal. Take this film for instance. It's called " Hornets Nest " and takes place in 1944, near Reanoto, Italy. The small village is suspected of aiding the Partisans. These guerrilla, groups have become so annoying to the Germans, the local military Italian governor is replaced by a brutal SS Officer. Upon reaching the town, he rounds up the villagers and order them to reveal the Partisans upon pain of death. Bad mistake, but one which the Germans inflict with Nazi efficiency. Their children, learn the US military is sending a team of Commandos to destroy the dam near the town. The SS discover the drop zone and massacre all the airborne troops except one. The single survivor called Turner (Rock Hudson) awakens from his wounds and discovers he owes his life to a group of Teenage boys. Informed the SS is searching for him, Turner also learns an experience German Officer name Von Hecht (Sergio Fantoni) is also closing in on his whereabouts. Realizing, he has little choice, Turner decides to use his hate-filled and revenge seeking youths to continue his mission to destroy the dam. Accompanying him is a kidnapped female doctor (Sylva Koscina) who reluctantly joins the group. The movie itself is interesting in that instead of battle hard soldiers, Hudson has to first teach the kids to kill and then later must reverse his lessons. To the credit of the young cast, the teens lead by vengeance seeking Aldo (Mark Colleano) do a remarkable job of acting. From deep sorrow to hate spewing machine-gun scenes, they add to the over the top drama. In all, this action film does an honest job of creating a military Classic. However, much as I enjoy Hudson the actor, I can't help feel Charles Bronson or Burt Lancaster would have been a better choice as Husdon is not convincing as a rapist of women or abuser of children. ****

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