Hornets' Nest

1969

Phil Karlson
Director

A dark and dreary but nonetheless interesting take on the loss of innocence in war, starring Rock Hudson as Turner, a U.S. Army demolitions captain in Nazi-occupied Italy. His mission goes wrong and he is the lone survivor of his unit. He is saved by a group of orphaned children from Reanoto, a town whose population was massacred by the SS.

In return for helping him blow up a dam, Turner agrees to train the kids in the use of guns so they can get revenge on Taussig, the cruel SS commander who ordered their families killed. Features some good supporting performances by Sylva Koscina as Bianca, a German doctor, and Sergio Fantoni as Captain von Hecht, a determined but principled German officer who hates the SS, and Mark Colleano as Aldo, the forceful and calculating leader of the orphans. A few unpleasant scenes of sexual assault are all that mar an otherwise interesting film.



9th September 1970
Cinema








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Rock Hudson
Captain Turner
Sylva Koscina
Bianca
Sergio Fantoni
Von Hecht
Giacomo Rossi Stuart
Schwalberg
Jacques Sernas
Maj. Taussig
Mark Colleano
Aldo
Mauro Gravina
Carlo
John Fordyce
Dino
Giuseppe Cassuto
Franco
Amedeo Castracane
Tonio
Giancarlo Colombaioni
Romeo
Ronald Colombaioni
Mikko
Valerio Colombaioni
Arturo
Giuseppe Coppola
Rico
Luigi Criscuolo
Paolo
Gaetano Danaro
Umberto
Vincenzo Danaro
Silvio
Daniel Dempsey
Giorgio
Anna-Luisa Giacinti
Maria
Daniel Keller
Tekko
Mauro Orsi
Luigi
Maurizio-Fabrizio Tempio
Mario
Jean Valmont
Scarpi
Rod Dana
U.S. Colonel
Tom Felleghy
Colonel Jannings (as Tom Fellighi)
Andrea Bosic
General Von Kleber
Andrea Esterhazy
General Dohrmann (as Bondy Esterhazy)
Mino Doro
Italian Doctor
Gérard Herter
Capt. Kreuger (as Gerard Herter)
Jacques Stany
Ehrlich
Hardy Stuart
Gunther
Marco Gobbi
Hermann (as Bruno Marco Gobbi)
Max Turilli
Colonel Weede
Alain Chammas
1st. Sentry
Amos Davoli
2st. Sentry
Goffredo Unger
Merkel (as Freddie Unger)
Larry Dolgin
Pilot
William Conroy
German Soldier

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