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Incredibly tense bomb diffusing scenes, and all- around well acted by Palance.
The original Hurt Locker.
The best thing about this film is the title. Palance and Chandler play a couple of rival former Wehrmacht soldiers after the end of World War II who find along with four others they can make a decent living disarming unexploded ordinance (bombs) around Berlin, which is what they had been doing for Germany before the war ended. The ever wooden Chandler plays a real d*ck throughout the film, in a constant rivalry with Palance. Nobody in the film tries to put on even the slightest of German accents, and that may be for the best. Some good bomb defusing scenes, some bad narration, a LOT of post war rubble and a cute fox terrier pretty much sums up this picture written and directed by Robert Aldrich.
Robert Aldrich's story of desperate men deactivating bombs in post-World War II Berlin is surprisingly devoid of tension. Aldrich's visual style creates an atmospheric setting of war-ravaged Europe, but the film is slow-paced and talky. Solid performances from Jack Palance and Jeff Chandler fail to generate any suspense from a less then compelling story.
Jack Pallance and Jeff Chandler butt heads and diffuse bombs in post-war Berlin. Much manly gritting of teeth and suspense. Economically directed by Robert Aldrich eight years before The Dirty Dozen.