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Zone Troopers (1985)

In Italy, during World War II some American soldiers find an alien UFO.

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Danny Bilson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Thomerson ... The Sarge
Timothy Van Patten ... Joey
Art LaFleur ... Mittens
Biff Manard Biff Manard ... Dolan
William Paulson William Paulson ... The Alien
Peter Boom Peter Boom ... Col. Manheim
Max Turilli Max Turilli ... SS Sgt. Zeller
Eugene Brell Eugene Brell ... The Radioman
John Leamer John Leamer ... The Lieutenant
Bruce McGuire ... The Medic
Alviero Martin Alviero Martin ... The Fuhrer
Mike Manderville Mike Manderville ... SS Motorcyclist
Achille Brugnini Achille Brugnini ... SS Radioman (as Archille Brunini)
Ole Jorgensen Ole Jorgensen ... SS Sentry
Peter Hintz Peter Hintz ... SS Corporal
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In Italy during WW II, a patrol of American soldiers discover a space ship that has crash-landed in the woods, and they come across its alien crew. A nearby Nazi unit also finds out about the alien craft, and sends a patrol to capture it and the Americans. Written by Anonymous

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They Take War To A New Dimension.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

April 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien - Zona di guerra See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Was the first film Charles Band shot and produced in Rome, Italy. See more »

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When the German Soldier shoots the Panzerfaust he fires it upside down. The trigger is on top along with the sight. You raise the front sight and press the top trigger bar. See more »

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Buy War Bonds. Available in the lobby. See more »

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Does anyone understand what "tongue in cheek" means?
17 December 2001 | by Jennel2See all my reviews

Why are some people reviewing Zone Troppers as if the makers had intended to make a serious sci-fi film? This movie was intended as a satire of both alien invasion flicks and cliched World War II movies. While not all the jokes worked, I found the movie throughly enjoyable, and so did several friends who watched it with me at a later date. Band's Empire Pictures did indeed make some real clunkers. But this is no clunker. This movie reunites most of the cast of the earlier Charles Band production "Trancers." That movie was also a satire, though Band's direction was so flat it was hard to tell. Danny Bilson, who directed Zone Troopers, seems to understand the spirit of fun much better. Some of the movie's best bits have been mentioned by other posters, but I would add the beginning sequence when the young Lieutenant rashly runs over the hill thinking reinforcements have arrived, and is machine gunned by the Germans. "Damn green kid," Thomerson (as the tough as nails NCO) mutters, in perfect deadpan echo of hundreds of B war movies of the late forties and early fifties. And did anyone catch the "Buy War Bonds" tag at the end of the credits? How about the fact that the first shot morphs from the cover of a comic book Mittens (Art Lefleur) is reading? That should have served as a hint of the filmmakers' intentions. This movie is a hoot, and was intended that way. I have never seen Bilson's follow up, the Wrong Guys--equally low rated by most posters. But based on Zone Troopers, I sensed he might have the talent to go a long way. However, it appears he was only able to find a career in TV.


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