Tempi di Guerra
Kommando Schwarzer Panther
Alessandra Spagnuolo, Boro Banjac, Walter Brandi (executive), Ettore Spagnuolo (executive) for A.M.Trading International, Sutjeska Film
directed by Umberto Lenzi
starring Peter Hooten, Werner Pochath, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Maurizio Schmidt, Boris Dvornik, Ljiljana Blagojevic, Igor Galo, Demeter Bitenc
story by Umberto Lenzi, screenplay by Ambrogio Molteni, Umberto Lenzi, music by Fabio Frizzi
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World War II: Captain Rosen and Sergeant Grant land somewhere in
occupied Yugoslavia by parachute to tear Professor Amundsen (Giacomo
Rossi-Stuart), who is just about to develop some kind of superfuel, from
the Nazi-clutches - even though he works for the Nazis voluntarily.
Freeing the professor is actually rather simple: with the help of the
local partisans, Rosen and Grant raid a brothel that is frequented by
German military and force SS-Major Dietrich (Werner Pochath) to hand
Amundsen over. However, then the troubles begin when the Germans bomb the
partisan camp including the Americans' escape plane and are now trying to
hunt down the partisan, also to once more get a hold on Amundsen.
Eventually, Amundsen falls back into Nazi hands, but the Americans have
opened his eyes to Nazi butality, and when they once more free him,
this time in the disguise of orthodox priests, he comes with them
willingly. However, he has already completed the superfuel for the
Germans, so it's now up to our heroes to blow up the train delivering the
superfuel to wherever - which they do by using the train's engine as a
Then the Americans and the partisans decide to make it to the next
airstrip to steal a plane and use it for their getaway - but on the way to
the airstrip they are under constant German attack (who even use the Luftwaffe
to bomb the partisans to kingdom come) - but our heroes make it through
anyways with the professor, only to realize they are already expected at
the airstrip by Dietrich and his men. In the end though it's the professor
who saves the day when he pretends to side with the Germans, only to get
hold of a machine gun and perforate Dietrich and his men ...
Cheaply made Italo-Yugoslavian warfilm (of which Umberto Lenzi made
several during the mid-1980's) that has rather little to go for it: The
story is pretty much tired routine, the actors are all second rate (with
the exception of Werner Pochath, who at least makes a charismatic
villain), the characters are one-dimensional, and most of the more
elaborate action scenes are visibly lifted from another warfilm and rather
clumsily edited into this one (which means that some of the battles vary
considerably in scale from shot to shot within the same sequence). Plus,
the synthie soundtrack by Fabio Frizzi does little to create any kind of
proper atmosphere and/or suspense. Umberto
Lenzi has undoubtedly proven in other films that he could do better (but
also worse for that matter).