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January 28, 2014
Gritty World War II Secret Mission Thriller with Lee Van Cleef--Fun Italian War Flick!!!
½ October 27, 2012
An American commando unit in North Africa disguise themselves as Italian forces to raid a German base during WWII. Lee Van Cleef always a value add to any production. Very few actors have such a commanding presence.
½ September 28, 2011
An American commando unit in North Africa disguise themselves as Italian forces to raid a German base during WWII. Lee Van Cleef always a value add to any production. Very few actors have such a commanding presence.
½ September 12, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011

(1968) Commandos
DUBBED
SPAGHETTI WAR

During WWII and during when Mussulini was in power and fighting, a group of Italian Americans are selected to partake a dangerous mission whereas they were to take over a fort gaurded by Italian soldiers working alongside with the Nazis, and then wait for more US armed soldiers to show up! Lee Van Cleef also stars as the troubled captain!

One of the major problems with Spaghetti Westerns and Spaghetti War films has alot to do with it's budget and this one is no exception whereas Sergio Leone makes scenes look very theatrically credible with it's close- ups and camera angles- this film lacks common sense with a lack of chrisma leading to predictable results!

2 out of 4
½ June 14, 2011
Lee Van Cleef adds star power to this Italian film on vital Allied mission in North Africa 1942. Some confusion sorting out the Italians and the Italian-Americans (dressed as Italian soldiers) in the darkness. Based on a story by Menahem Golan.
½ November 26, 2009
‚??Autopsy‚?? director Armando Crispino‚??s historically inaccurate but wholly entertaining World War II behind-enemy-lines, secret-mission thriller COMMANDORS, with Lee Van Cleef and Jack Kelly, qualifies as a rugged, gritty, suspenseful combat epic. This cynical melodrama about a group of Italian-Americans masquerading as Royal Italian soldiers so they can capture an oasis on the eve of the North African campaign in early 1942 removes any traces of glamour about war. Crispino and fellow scenarists Lucio Battistrada of CRIME BOSS, Stefano Strucchi, and Dario Argento of SUSPIRIA drew their screenplay from a short story by Israel filmmaker Menahem Golan as well as a story by Don Martin of THE STORM RIDER and Teutonic producer Arthur Brauner of DR. MABUSE VERSUS SCOTLAND YARD. Mind you, the authenticity of the action doesn‚??t bear close scrutiny. Most military enthusiasts will recognize them immediately. For example, the Afrika Korps tanks are not the genuine vehicles. Instead, they are repainted U.S. Army Chaffee and Walker Bulldog tanks with German insignia and the M3A1 submachine guns that the Americans tote weren‚??t available for another year. Nevertheless, allowances must be made and overlooked since the German tanks were kaput while THE DIRTY DOZEN machine guns look cool. The themes of COMMANDOS include the inhumanity of war, experienced versus inexperienced officers in combat, fear on the battlefield, and the responsibility that an officer has both to his men and the mission. The irony is that the Germans and the Italians are depicted with greater sympathy than the tough guy Americans. Other instances of irony occur that heighten the philosophical posture of the film.
The bulk of the drama takes place between the Lee Van Cleef character and his commanding officer played by former MAVERICK star Jack Kelly who is an officer whose mettle has never been tested in combat.
½ September 4, 2005
ADEQUATE ITALIAN MADE WORLD WAR II STORY, SOME GOOD SPECIAL EFFECTS. THE ACTING IS AVERAGE, NO ONE STOOD OUT AS GOOD OR BAD. JUST SO SO.
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