G.I. Bro

G.I. Bro

Director: Enzo G. Castellari

Cast: Bo Svenson, Fred Williamson, Peter Hooten

     
 

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The Inglorious Bastards was the alternate title for the Italian adventure yarn Counterfeit Commandos. The main characters are five soldiers facing court-martial in World War II France. The quintet consists of Bo Svenson, Fred Williamson, Peter Hooten, Michael Pergolami, and Jackie Basehart. The men escape, heading to the safety of the Swiss border; along

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The Inglorious Bastards was the alternate title for the Italian adventure yarn Counterfeit Commandos. The main characters are five soldiers facing court-martial in World War II France. The quintet consists of Bo Svenson, Fred Williamson, Peter Hooten, Michael Pergolami, and Jackie Basehart. The men escape, heading to the safety of the Swiss border; along the way, they pull off several random acts of above-and-beyond heroism.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Though he is better known for tough-guy crime movies, Enzo Castellari turned out a fine war film on a budget with The Inglorious Bastards. The script nods toward obvious influences like The Dirty Dozen and The Great Escape, but it offers its own sly variations on the format, like a clever double plot-twist regarding the true loyalties of a certain character. The one real flaw story-wise is a rather rushed ending, but the film is no less entertaining because of that. The edges of the low budget show up in spots (most notably a bit of hasty model-effects work), but Castellari covers for such flaws nicely by maintaining a steady flow of exciting action set pieces and infusing the proceedings with an offbeat sense of humor. His work is aided nicely by excellent stunt choreography from Rocco Lerro and inspired performances by a game cast. The standout work in the latter category comes from Bo Svenson and Fred Williamson; both have a reliable and familiar action-hero chemistry that they bring to the table, but the real surprise is the easygoing chemistry they share. They make an excellent team and would in fact be cast together frequently after their work here. It's also worth noting that Donal O'Brien has a flashy, scene-stealing turn as a nasty Nazi officer who interferes with the heroes' mission. In short, The Inglorious Bastards is an above-average B-movie war flick that gives its A-movie cousins a run for the money.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/2009
UPC:
0891635001636
Original Release:
1977
Source:
Severin
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
50,305

Special Features

A conversation with Enzo Castellari and Quentin Tarantino; Train Kept a Rollin' - documentary with cast and crew; Back to the War Zone - locations featurette with director Enzo G. Castellari; Inglorious Reunion at the New Beverly ; Enzo's 70th Birthday Celebration in L.A.; Audio commentary with Enzo G. Castellari; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bo Svenson Lt. Yeager
Fred Williamson Fred Canfield
Peter Hooten Tony
Michael Pergolani Nick
Jack Basehart Berle
Raimund Harmstorf Otto
Michel Constantin Veronique
Debra Berger Nicole
Ian Bannen Col. Buckner

Technical Credits
Enzo G. Castellari Director
Gianfranco Amicucci Editor
Gianfranco Bergamini Cinematographer
Sandro Continenza Screenwriter
Francesco De Masi Score Composer
Gino de Rossi Special Effects
Sergio Grieco Screenwriter
Franco Marotta Screenwriter
Romano Migliorini Screenwriter
Roberto Sbarigia Executive Producer
Roberto Snargia Executive Producer
Laura Toscano Screenwriter

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