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Ski Troop Attack

USA 1960
produced by
Roger Corman for Filmgroup
directed by Roger Corman
starring Michael Forest, Frank Wolf, Wally Campo, Richard Sinatra, James Hoffman, Chan Biggs, Tom Staley, David Mackie, Skeeter Bayer, Wayne Lasher, Sheila Carol (= Sheila Noonan), Roger Corman, Paul Rapp
written by Charles B.Griffith, music by Fred Katz

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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World War 2, Germany, Winter: American Lt Factor (Michael Forest) and his men (Frank Wolff, Wally Campo, Richard Sinatra) are dropped behind enemy lines on a reconaissance mission on ski - but their mission soon turns sour when they have to shoot a German widow (Sheila Noonan) living in a shack they have taken abode in in self defense - and it doesn't take long before their escape route is cut off and a battallion of Germans (led by Roger Corman) is on their trail. It's then that our American heroes get their new orders: blow up an important train bridge - not an easy task in the ice and snow surrounding them, with the Germans gaining on them by the minute.

In the end, all our American heroes are allowed to die heroes' deaths, but they manage to blow up the bridge despite everything the Germans have tried to prevent it.

 

Cheap but effective war film that tries to make up its budgetary limitations (painfully obvious in the bridge's explosion with should have been - but isn't - the highlight of the film) with a) its focus on skiing, and b) an interesting (if small) cast of characters who come around as something more than just your average all-American heroes ... actually, they are seen arguing among each other most of the time, which only adds to the tension of the main plot (that being the Americans on the run from the Germans).

Granted, this is not the best war movie you have ever seen, and its cheapness is at times painfully obvious - but besides its obvious shortcomings, its a pretty interesting piece of film.

Shot back to Back with Monte Hellman's Beast from Haunted Cave.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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