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From Hell to Victory (1979)

PG | | Drama, War | 15 March 1981 (USA)
In 1939, at a Paris café, six friends of various nationalities vow to meet again at the same spot after the end of WW2.

Director:

Umberto Lenzi (as Hank Milestone)

Writers:

Anthony Fritz (screenplay), Umberto Lenzi (story) (as Hank Milestone)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Peppard ... Brett Rosson
George Hamilton ... Maurice Bernard
Horst Buchholz ... Jürgen Dietrich (as Horst Bucholz)
Anny Duperey ... Fabienne
Ray Lovelock ... Jim Rosson
Georges Claisse Georges Claisse ... Karl Wessel
May Heatherly ... Mary Jennings (as May Hatherley)
Howard Vernon ... SS Major Karl
Ritza Brown Ritza Brown ... Jim's girlfriend
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Captain Vanderkreut (as Frank Farrell)
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Dick Sanders (as Jean Pierre Cassel)
Capucine ... Nicole Levine
Sam Wanamaker ... Ray MacDonald
André Lawrence ... Jean
Lambert Wilson
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Storyline

On August 24, 1939, at a small French cafe, six friends are about to go their separate ways. They vow to reunite on that day each year at the cafe. The film follows each of their lives: one begins work with the French resistance, one joins the French commandos, another is forced to join the Nazi army, one becomes a flier, and the two others are just simple officers. On the day Paris is liberated, the three surviving friends meet at the cafe and get drunk. Written by Kilroy-20

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Six Friends are Swept Up in WWII Action See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

15 March 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Del infierno a la victoria See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The German tanks in the climactic battle scene were U.S. M-41 Walker Bulldog light tanks, built in 1951. See more »

Goofs

An establishing shot of London, purporting to be during the Battle of Britain (1940) at 27:38, shows Tower Bridge. Behind the Bridge on the left, the BT Tower is clearly visible. Construction of the Tower did not begin until 1961. See more »

Connections

Featured in Cannibals in the Streets (1980) See more »

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Pretty terrible war film
6 July 2002 | by Joker-26See all my reviews

Apart from the German and Allied uniforms in this film, there's not much else to it. I mean, come on, they painted German markings on British spitfires and funnily enough the Brits looked like they were flying Curtis fighters (US-made). And the whole sequencing of the air battles looked so fake, as if from a 1930s film. And some of the air shots looked like they were done in a studio with arm-sized aircraft models!! Did anyone remember the tank battle as well at the end. The 'German' Panzers were actually American Patton tanks, built around the late 40s. It just looked so amateurish and cheap when you compare it to a film like a Bridge too Far, made ten years earlier (and which I concede had a much bigger budget). I mean, why bother with air and tank battles when you can't even make them look half realistic? The other thing i noticed was that all the explosions that were supposed to be stopping the 'Panzers' actually exploded beside or in front of the tanks, and yet the tank would come to a grinding halt!! Ridiculous.

But I'll admit the military action not involving tanks and aircraft looked decent enough (such as when Peppard infiltrates enemy installations to plant explosives, etc.) But overall the acting was wooden, mainly from the main actors. The only good performance was from George Hamilton who played 'Maurice', a French commando. Peppard himself was ok, but he did have a better acting scope than this which was not utilised.

Overall, 3/10.


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