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Hornet's Nest

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Captain Turner (Rock Hudson) is the American paratrooper who employs Italian children to blow up a strategic dam controlled by the Nazis. He is the only survivor of his unit gunned down during the jump. Rescued by the moppets, he slaps and rapes German medico Bianca (Sylva Koscina), which implausibly leads her to trust Turner and help in the clandestine mission. Aldo (Mark Colleano) is the youthful leader who helps Turner carry out the bombing in exchange for an attack on his village. When the Nazis control the ...
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Overview

Captain Turner (Rock Hudson) is the American paratrooper who employs Italian children to blow up a strategic dam controlled by the Nazis. He is the only survivor of his unit gunned down during the jump. Rescued by the moppets, he slaps and rapes German medico Bianca (Sylva Koscina), which implausibly leads her to trust Turner and help in the clandestine mission. Aldo (Mark Colleano) is the youthful leader who helps Turner carry out the bombing in exchange for an attack on his village. When the Nazis control the small town, their allegiance quickly changes as they fight the Germans they once considered allies.
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This unusual war film is well worth a look for the genre's fans. The script uses its novel hook of children fighting a war well, generally avoiding sentimentality and going for a gritty style that suits the war-movie genre. Rock Hudson centers the movie with his gruff, effectively underplayed performance as the soldier hero and his subtle work is nicely balanced by a flashier, more emotional turn from Mark Colleano as the defacto leader of the kid gang. There is also a solid turn by Sylva Koscina, who adds a bit of heart to the film as a kidnapped Nazi doctor who becomes motherly towards the group's younger children. Best of all, Hornet's Nest boasts tough direction from action and noir vet, Phil Karlson. He's not afraid to get grim with the audience - like in the opening scene, where the kids watch their village get gunned down in unflinching detail - and handles the action well, managing many suspenseful setpieces along the way. The film's one real misstep is a left-field stab at a tearjerker moment during the last moments that doesn't quite jibe with what preceded it. However, the rest of Hornet's Nest stays true to the film's uncompromising mandate and its offbeat premise makes it a unique entry into the war genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2012
  • UPC: 883904252252
  • Original Release: 1970
  • Source: Mgm Mod
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,586

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rock Hudson Capt. Turner
Sylva Koscina Bianca
Sergio Fantoni Von Hecht
Jacques Sernas Maj. Taussig
Mark Colleano Aldo
John Fordyce Dino
Tom Felleghy Col. Jannings
Andrea Bosic Gen. Von Kleger
Bondi Esterhazy Gen. Dohrmann
Gerard Herter Capt. Kruger
Lou Criscuolo
Rod Dana US Colonel
Mino Doro Italian Doctor
Gian Carlo Prete Giulio
Jacques Stany Ehrlich
Max Turilli Col. Weede
Jean Valmont Scarpi
Amos Davoli 2nd Sentry
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart Schwalberg
Technical Credits
Phil Karlson Director
Stanley S. Canter Producer
Stanley Colbert Original Story
Arrigo Equini Art Director
Andrea Fantacci Set Decoration/Design
David Hildyard Sound/Sound Designer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Gabor Pogany Cinematographer
Paul Pollard Special Effects
S.S.(Paddy) Schweitzer Screenwriter
Terry Williams Editor
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