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Testa di sbarco per otto implacabili (1968)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | 13 August 1968 (Italy)
The movie is set during World War II in the days just prior to the D-Day invasion. A special parachute unit is sent to destroy a German flame thrower installation on Omaha Beach.

Director:

Alfonso Brescia (as Al Bradley)

Writers:

Maurice De Vries (adaptation), Lorenzo Gicca Palli (screenplay) (as Enzo Gicca) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Madison ... Capt. Jack Murphy
Peter Lee Lawrence ... Lt. Strobel
Erika Blanc ... Denise
Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent ... Prof. Aubernet
Massimo Carocci Massimo Carocci ... Capt. Ryan
George F. Salvage George F. Salvage ... (as G.F. Savage)
Pierre Richard Pierre Richard ... Sgt. Doss
Antonio Monselesan Antonio Monselesan ... (as Tony Norton)
Max Turilli Max Turilli ... Feldwebel Siedler
Giuseppe Castellano ... Foster (as G. Castellano)
Renato Pinciroli Renato Pinciroli ... Denise's Father (as R. Pinciroli)
R.O. Mantovani R.O. Mantovani
Luciano Catenacci Luciano Catenacci ... Navy Sailor (as Luciano Lorcas)
Paolo Magalotti Paolo Magalotti ... Navy Sailor
Guido Di Salvo Guido Di Salvo
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American officer Strobel, a former actor, and Nobel Prizewinner Professor Aubernet operate behind German lines in Normandy disguised as German officers. Their mission is to disable an intricate system of flame-generating beach defenses prior to the Allied invasion of France. As D-Day approaches, American paratroopers led by Captain Jack Murphy are inadvertently dropped prematurely near the control site for the defenses. Murphy's handful of men team up with Strobel and local Resistance fighter Denise to infiltrate and destroy the German defenses in time for the Allied landings. Written by <jumblejim@prodigy.net> Jim Beaver

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Italy | France

Language:

Italian | French | German | English

Release Date:

13 August 1968 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell in Normandy See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Decent Military Adventure Hampered by Dialog
27 August 2008 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

Peter Lee Lawrence plays a theatrical actor whose mission is to infiltrate and destroy a German flamethrower installation at Normandy Beach before the allied attack there. His mission is only partly successful, but he is able to join up with a squadron of paratroopers sent to finish the job and guides them to the installation. Hell in Normandy climaxes with fairly standard fast-paced war action.

Lawrence was 23 when he starred in this film, and his promising career would be tragically cut short six years later by his suicide. The rest of the cast mixes American and continental European actors and actresses, mostly of the spaghetti western genre. The acting is generally good, though Guy Madison seems a little uncomfortable with his sad-sack paratrooper captain at times. Erica Blanc is excellent as a brave and intelligent member of the local resistance.

Brescia's Hell in Normandy is a cleverly plotted and well-directed military action-adventure centered on events preceding the allied victory at Normandy during World War Two. The film is fictional and makes no pretense at engaging the realities of the battle. But it does remain mostly within the constraints of plausibility. The cinematography is very good - hardly unexpected from an Italian film. But the script is horrendous. The writer included several token American idiomatic clichés - probably at the insistence of the cast - but did way too much exposition through dialog. The version I saw was dubbed. Perhaps the dialog is better in Italian? Recommended for war film fans only.


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