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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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Rock And His Gang of Juveniles 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?

Rock Hudson is the only American in the cast. Other characters who are supposed to be Americans are actually played by Italian or Yugoslavian actors.See more »
Revealing mistakes: After the German Captain kills the German Major, the Major is laying on the floor dead but his abdomen is clearly moving as he breathes.See more »
Bianca the Italian Surgeon:I'm a doctor, not a soldier.
Captain Turner:You're tied in with us now, until it's over.
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Referenced in Django Unchained (2012)See more »


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8 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Rock And His Gang of Juveniles, 23 June 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Hornet's Nest of the title refers to the gang of Italian urchins who find Rock Hudson and a fascist female doctor played by Sylva Koscina to patch him up.

Hudson has parachuted ahead of the advancing Fifth Army during the Italian campaign. His mission was to blow up a dam, presumably to trap retreating Nazis. But these kids have a mission of their own in mind. Their village was massacred by the S.S. looking for partisans and they want some payback.

Rock has to recover first so the kids kidnap a female doctor to treat him for concussion and bruised ribs. She's also quite an eyeful and in one scene, the older kids kind of forget the purpose of their mission.

It's a routine action adventure story that probably Burt Lancaster or Kirk Douglas would have been better suited for than Rock Hudson. Still Hudson turns in a decent performance, given what he has to work with.

The sad thing about Hornet's Nest is that with the revelation of Rock's homosexuality the film became something of a joke, what with Rock and a gang of teenage boys. Had any other actor done it, no one would have thought anything of it.

Or maybe Burt and Kirk had insights.

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