From The Deuce
Also Known As
- Battle of the Desert (Greek)
- Desert Battle
- Heiß über Afrikas Erde (Germany)
- Inferno del deserto (Italy)
- La Batalla del desierto (Spain)
- La Battaglia del deserto (Italy - Original Title)
- Rommel: Heisse Erde Afrika (Germany)
- Sept hommes pour Tobrouk (France)
- Released in 1969
- Runtime: 85 min (uncut NTSC)
- Aspect Ratio: (2.35:1)
- Production Co: Zenith Cinematografica, Les Films du Griffon
Cast and Crew
- Directed by Mino Loy
- Written by Ernesto Gastaldi
- Starring: Robert Hossein, George Hilton, Frank Wolff, Rik Battaglia, Ivano Staccioli, Goffredo Unger (as Freddy Unger), Fabrizio Moroni, Laura Belli, Ida Galli (as Evelyn Stewart), Jacques Castelot, Robert Dalban (as Robert d'Alban), Luciana Antonelli, Irio Fantini, Mirella Pamphili (as Mirella Panfili), John Bartha (uncredited), William Conroy
- Produced by Mino Loy, Luciano Martino
- Original Music by Bruno Nicolai
- Cinematography by Federico Zanni
- Film Editing by Eugenio Alabiso
World War 2: Africa
In a control room "The Allies" devise a plan and "UK" Captain George Bradbury (George Hilton) shall fulfill the mission. The plan is to lay mines in a special sector of the African desert. Of course he needs the right men for that spectacular job. His picks are:
Bob (Rik Battaglia), a motorcycle racing champion.
Charlie (Fabrizio Moroni), young and heavily in love with a girl back home (she's pregnant).
Red Wiley (Frank Wolff), a crazy Canadian and mine expert.
Spencer (Goffredo Unger), sorry forgot what his specialty is -laughs-
After laying all the mines they want to go back to headquarters. But suddenly "The Germans" begin taking heavy artillery on the spot. They have to withdraw into the desert. One German tank chases them and after a while the "Nazi" tank stops (it's broken). Captain Bradbury wants to talk to the Germans (to surrender). The Krauts in the tank are: Captain Curt Heinz (Robert Hossein) and Privat Hoffman (Ivano Staccioli). Thinking of surrendering Cap. Bradbury has now a different idea on his mind. The "Nazis" have a canister of water and both sides have to make a deal willy-nilly (both sides have guns and machine guns). Some minutes later the jeep is crammed with two Germans and on the opposite Allies. The sun burns hot as a motherfucker. Dry throats yearn for water. Brains go haywire. Which side will win?
Bruno Nicolai did the musical score. And I have to say the main title is now one of my favorite tunes. So emotional and powerful. I don't want to write much about the characters because there are some flashbacks in the film (before the war). It would be too much spoilers. All I can say is that every role has the right actor. And the ending scene (The Tank Battle) was awesome. Another "Macaroni Combat" film straight out of Italy for your mind. Highly Recommended!Reviewed by GBS - 10/24/08