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The Secret Invasion (1964)

Approved | | Action, Drama, History | 26 September 1964 (Japan)
In 1943, a group of hardened criminals is pardoned on the condition it accepts a mission to free a captive Italian general from the clutches of the Nazis.

Director:

Roger Corman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Granger ... Maj. Richard Mace
Raf Vallone ... Roberto Rocca - Organizer
Mickey Rooney ... Terence Scanlon - Demolition
Edd Byrnes ... Simon Fell - Forger
Henry Silva ... John Durrell - Assassin
Spela Rozin ... Mila (as Mia Massini)
William Campbell ... Jean Saval
Helmo Kindermann Helmo Kindermann ... German Fortress Commandant
Enzo Fiermonte ... Gen. Quadri
Peter Coe ... Marko - Resistance Leader
Nan Morris Nan Morris ... Stephana
Helmuth Schneider ... German Patrol Boat Captain (as Helmut Schneider)
Giulio Marchetti Giulio Marchetti ... Italian Officer
Nicholas Rend Nicholas Rend ... Captain of Fishing Boat
Craig March Craig March
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Storyline

The Nazis imprison an Italian general who was planning to switch sides and turn over his army to the Allied side. Allied headquarters sends a small, somewhat misfit group of soldiers to spring the general from prison and carry out his plans. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The Daring Plan; The Staggering Odds! See more »

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

Croatian | English | German | Italian

Release Date:

26 September 1964 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dubious Patriots See more »

Filming Locations:

Dubrovnik, Croatia, Yugoslavia See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Roger Corman directed this movie in between making Poe films (i.e. filmed adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe horror stories) The Masque of the Red Death (1964) and The Tomb of Ligeia (1964), the latter of which was the last of his Poe adaptions. See more »

Goofs

Aside from the military uniforms, all clothing worn by both the cast and the extras is current fashion, circa early 1960s; Mia Massini's hair styles are strictly 1964. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Richard Mace: Pretty clumsy and rather childish. Now, you've had your fun, but if this happens in action, God Help you!
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A shorter, cheaper, better version of THE DIRTY DOZEN
4 August 1999 | by Bob-45See all my reviews

An army major leads a rag-tag band of convicts on a daring mission behind enemy lines. THE DIRTY DOZEN, you ask? No, THE SECRET INVASION, a solid Roger Corman programmer released two years earlier, with a talented cast led by Stewart Granger, Mickey Rooney, Raf Vallone, Ed Byrnes, William Campbell and Henry Silva. Far less predictable than DOZEN, this film has some dynamite performances (Byrnes, Rooney and Silva are especially good), great action, and some surprising plot twists. See it!


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