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Dirty Heroes (1967)

Dalle Ardenne all'inferno (original title)
G | | Drama, War | 1967 (Italy)
Holland. Spring 1945. Two armies face each other in the final confrontation of World War II. On the one hand are the powerful forces of the Allies, on the other, all that remains of the ... See full summary »


Alberto De Martino


Dino Verde (story), Vincenzo Mannino (story) (as Vincenzo Flamini) | 7 more credits »

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Credited cast:
Frederick Stafford ... Joe Mortimer, Sesame
Daniela Bianchi ... Kristina von Keist
John Ireland ... Capt. O'Connor
Curd Jürgens ... Gen. Edwin von Keist
Michel Constantin ... Sgt Rudolph Petrowsky
Helmuth Schneider ... SS Gen. Hassler
Howard Ross Howard Ross ... Randall
Fajda Nicol Fajda Nicol ... Magda (as Faida Nichols)
Anthony Dawson ... American Colonel (as Anthony M. Dawson)
Jacques Monod Jacques Monod ... Partisan
Adolfo Celi ... Luc Rollman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bartha John Bartha ... Hassler's Subordinate
Valentino Macchi Valentino Macchi


Holland. Spring 1945. Two armies face each other in the final confrontation of World War II. On the one hand are the powerful forces of the Allies, on the other, all that remains of the Third Reich. The scene is set for the Battle of the Ardennes. Written by Leigh Thomas

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They fight a dozen dirty different ways!!! See more »


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Italy | France | West Germany



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First "macaroni combat" movie (Italian WW2 flicks), in the wake of The Dirty Dozen (1967)'s success, done in Italy. The Battle of El Alamein (1969) and Eagles Over London (1969) ("multo superiore" by director Enzo G. Castellari) followed, also with Frederick Stafford. See more »

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Warfare movie packs relentless feats , heists , and buck-loads of explosive action and violence
9 May 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film is set in Holland 1945, last days of WWII, with two armies battling , the Montgomery powerful army and the remains of the Nazi batallions . At a concentration camp or Lager occurs two protagonists , Frédéric Stafford and Howard Ross as prisoners , get escaped. They are helped by a German guard, Michael Constantine, . The group team up with a Dutch partísan , Rollman : Adolfo Celi , to rob documents about V1 , V2 rockets and a loot of Netherland diamonds from underwater through the Nazi bowels to the vault safe-box located at the Wehrmacht headquarter . As the bunch looting or loving and they play it dirty . As they fight a dozen dirty different ways . Meanwhile, Frederick Stafford falls for a gorgeous Jew , Daniela Bianchi , married to a German general , Curd Jurgens.

Average warlike movie contains thrills , breathtaking scenes , noisy explosions , busy battles , vicious Nazis, and a spectacular caper . The film is set when the defeat of third Reich is imminent , in its ending confrontation and two armies take on each other , on the one hand the Allied Army and on the other hand the tarnishing garrisons of the third Reich. It is a middling actioner with some decent scenes , a straightforward warfare movie with lots of shootouts , a love story , a diamond caper, fights , twists and turns. Displaying a great number of extras, ships , tanks, machine guns , and soldiers with acceptable production design . In spite of some flaws and gaps , the Wartime action keeps breathless, thanks to tension and intrigue . Notable widescreen scenes , which will suffer on TV small screen and including several zooms , as usual . Main cast is passable . It stars Frédéric Stafford who played Hitcock's Topaz and two war films as Battle of Alamein by Giorgio Ferroni and Eagles over London by Enzo G Castell . Along with the beautiful Daniela Bianchi and Adolfo Celi , both of whom played James Bond movies. Support cast is pretty well formed by ordinary secondaries of the 60s and 70s such as Curd Jurgens , Anthony Dawson , Howard Ross, Tom Felleghy , John Bartha , among others . Special mention for Helmut Schneider as a nasty SS officer and John Ireland as an American pilot, captain O'Connor.

It has an attractive musical score by the great Ennio Morricone , helped by his regular collaborator Bruno Nicolai . Atmospheric cinematography in Technicolor Techniscope by cameraman Giovanni Bergamini, though a perfect remastering being absolutely necessary . Adding the brilliant matte shots and visual effects from Emilio Ruiz Del Rio and Alejandro Ulloa . This is an European coproduction among various countries : Italy , Germany , Holland , France , Spain and in enough budget. The motion picture was regular but professionally directed by Alberto De Martino . Martino was a craftsman who directed all kinds of genres, getting some sucessess such as Puma man, Holocausto 2000, The antichrist , Django shoots first , Operation Lady Chaplin , Hero of Rome, Medusa against the son of Hercules , Seven Spartans , Horror , among others.

THis film titled Dirty heroes , or De las Ardenas al Infierno, or Della Ardenne all'inferno , belongs to a numerous group of European coproductions, usually Italian/Spanish , nicknamed Macarroni combat made throughout the late 1960 and beginnings 70s , imitating American ones , often directed by Enzo G Castelari ,Umberto Lenzi, José Luis Merino and León Klimovski , including old Hollywood stars as Hell brigade with Jack Palance , Eagles over London with Van Johnson, Command attack with Michael Rennie , The Legión of no return with Tab Hunter or this Dirty Heroes with John Ireland . All of them were supported by the Italian or Spanish army that lent tanks , weapons, soldiers to make these films.

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