As with the Italians, the Yugoslav film industry made quite a few WWIImovies, always detailing the struggles of the "Partisans". Like THE BATTLEOF NERETVA, this tells of a major German offensive to erradicate the enemyand their struggles against the invaders.<br><br>It's 1941, and the Partisans are on their own. Marko (Rod Taylor), freshfrom an education in America, returns to his homeland and discovers howbrutal the Nazis really are. Instead of returning to the States, he staysinYugoslavia and organizes a resistance movement. On the other side, we haveCaptain Kohler (Adam West, of all people) who discovers that his childhoodsweetheart, Anna (Brioni Farrell aka Xenia Gratsos) is among the Jews he'stransporting to the POW camp. Marko's men attack the boat, and Anna helpsKohler escape. She's taken by the partisans, though, and soon findsherselfin love with Marko. The rest of the movie involves partisan encounterswithKohler's troops, culminating at a huge river battle a few months later.<br><br>This movie boasts a pretty decent international cast. Rod Taylor is prettygood -- but way too old -- as the vengeful Marko. Adam West makes a prettygood adversary, although his German accent fluctuates and is just as badasBrando's in THE YOUNG LIONS. Peter Carsten (BATTLE OF THE EAGLES) has alarge role as a tough, ruthless German Panzer officer. Branko Plesa, alsoofBATTLE OF THE EAGLES, appears a few times as a German General. BataZivojinovic plays Marko's old friend, who leads the partisans but reallyhaslittle meat to his character. Brioni Farrell is great and beautiful,too.<br><br>The combat scenes are all very well done. They involve tanks (more modern,though, but any tank is a good tank), era-accurate fighter planes, extrasand a lot of big explosions. The cinematography is wonderful and gives themovie a very bleak look. The musical score often doesn't fit the movie,butI liked it anyway.<br><br>Overall, not too high above average, but one of the best Partisan filmsI'veseen so far. Worth renting, even buying, for an entertaining 100 minutes.The video from White Knight looks incredibly good, just as good as any MGMrelease of an older movie, especially considering that it was released inthe early 1980s. 6/10 overall.
Action / Drama
Action / Drama
Partisans attacked the ship, with lots of people and the Jews held by the Germans. After the release and attack, there is yet another partisan attack on the convoy of Germans. Partisans few more times attacked Germans without warning, which will infuriate the Germans, and lead to tragic losses the partisans and the innocent population, to the punitive expeditions and major offensives on the partisans, which will lead to the total failure of the this partisan unit.
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