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Churchill's Leopards (1970)

I Leopardi di Churchill (original title)
The mission: The British have to carry out a plan hatched by Churchill himself to blow up a French dam, by bringing in commandos led by the twin brother of the German commander.

Director:

Maurizio Pradeaux

Writers:

Federico De Urrutia, Arpad DeRiso (as Arpad De Riso) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harrison ... Lt. Richard Benson / Lt. Hans Müller
Pilar Velázquez ... Elise
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... Major Powell
Frank Braña ... François Leduc
Angela Covello ... Partisan
Helga Liné ... Marlene Schulman
Claudio Biava Claudio Biava
Massimo Righi ... (as Max Dean)
Antonio Casas ... La Tulipe
Klaus Kinski ... Hauptsturmführer Holtz
Herb Andress ... German officer (as Herbert Andress)
Giovanni De Angelis Giovanni De Angelis
Sergio Doria
Bruno Erba Bruno Erba
Augusto Funari Augusto Funari ... Michel, Partisan
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The mission: The British have to carry out a plan hatched by Churchill himself to blow up a French dam, by bringing in commandos led by the twin brother of the German commander.

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Action | Thriller | War

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

14 August 1970 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In English this film is know as "Churchill's Leopards." although no reason for this name is ever given. It has also been known as "Commando Attack." See more »

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Although the Wehrmacht (army) uniforms appear accurate, the SS uniforms have oversized collar patches and Holtz's collar is too high and non-standard. See more »

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CHURCHILL'S LEOPARDS (Maurizo Pradeaux, 1970) **1/2
2 December 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is a decent example of the Italian brand of war movies which, although they never quite reached the artistic heights or levels of influence which their peplums, giallos or Spaghetti Westerns had, frequently offer an offbeat, mildly diverting perspective on familiar historical events. This one here stars Richard Harrison (as an English agent posing as his dead German officer twin brother!) and Klaus Kinski as a sadistic SS official; the fetching female parts (on both sides of the fence, naturally) are personified by Pilar Velazquez and Helga Line', while Giacomo Rossi Stuart and Antonio Casas have key roles to play within the Resistance lines. There are no overwhelmingly spectacular action set-pieces or jaw-droppingly clever plot twists to speak of, but I found this to be an unassuming and adequately handled time-passer which, unlike some of its Italian war film contemporaries, does not heavily feature Hollywood has-beens in an attempt to pass for one of their productions and is, in any case, mercifully short.


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