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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
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.