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Hornets' Nest (1970)

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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Turner
Sylva Koscina ... Bianca
Sergio Fantoni ... Von Hecht
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... Schwalberg (as Giacomo Rossi-Stuart)
Jacques Sernas ... Maj. Taussig
Mark Colleano Mark Colleano ... Aldo
Mauro Gravina Mauro Gravina ... Carlo
John Fordyce John Fordyce ... Dino
Giuseppe Cassuto Giuseppe Cassuto ... Franco
Amedeo Castracane Amedeo Castracane ... Tonio
Giancarlo Colombaioni Giancarlo Colombaioni ... Romeo
Ronald Colombaioni Ronald Colombaioni ... Mikko
Valerio Colombaioni Valerio Colombaioni ... Arturo
Giuseppe Coppola Giuseppe Coppola ... Rico
Luigi Criscuolo Luigi Criscuolo ... Paolo
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Storyline

A commando unit is dropped behind the German lines in Italy and its mission is to blow up a strategic dam. However, the unit is ambushed and only its leader survives. He is picked up by a ragtag group of local youths, who strike a bargain with him--they will help him blow the dam if he will help them get revenge on the Germans, who have taken over their village and killed their parents. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Meet Captain Turner's Baby Brigade! When they get hurt they cry! When they get mad they kill! Give them a ball, they'll make up a game! Give them a grenade, they'll blow up the world! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some war violence | See all certifications »

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Italy | USA

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English | German | Italian

Release Date:

9 September 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il vespaio See more »

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sylva Koscina said of this movie, "It shows how war destroys mentally as well as physically. We are all destroyed . . . myself, Rock [Rock Hudson] and the children." See more »

Goofs

Although the story takes place in 1944, all the hair styles are strictly in the 1970 mode. Hudson's fashionably long hair is strictly unmilitary, and he even sports 1970 sideburns and a handlebar moustache; Koscina's big hair is a 1970s trademark; even the kids look like refugees from the streets of the era in which the film was made, not at all like World War II orphans. See more »

Quotes

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.
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" If you believe getting revenge will bring them back, go ahead and shoot "
26 April 2009 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

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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