Director: Alberto De Martino
Writers: Dino Verde (story), Vincenzo
Flamini (story), 7
Stars: Frederick Stafford, Daniela Bianchi,
John Ireland | See
full cast and crew
(in credits order)
Joe Mortimer, Sesame
Daniela Bianchi Daniela Bianchi ...
Kristina von Keist
John Ireland John Ireland ...
Curd Jürgens Curd Jürgens ...
Gen. Edwin von Keist
Michel Constantin Michel Constantin ...
Sgt Rudolph Petrowsky
Helmuth Schneider Helmuth Schneider ...
SS Gen. Hassler
Howard Ross Howard Ross ...
Fajda Nicol Fajda Nicol ...
Magda (as Faida Nichols)
Anthony Dawson Anthony Dawson ...
American Colonel (as Anthony M. Dawson)
Jacques Monod Jacques Monod ...
Adolfo Celi Adolfo Celi ...
Fida Cinematografica, Gloria, Les Productions Jacques Roitfeld See
Aspect Ratio:2.35 : 1
Drama | War
Country: Italy | France | West Germany
Release Date: 1967 (Italy)
Filming Locations: Netherlands
Morricone and Bruno
Known As (AKA)
Ardenne all'inferno Italy (original title)
...und morgen fahrt ihr zur Holle Austria / West Germany
Dirty Heroes Philippines (English title) / USA
Ardenneilta helvettiin Finland
De la gloire à l'enfer France
Hell to Victory Philippines (English title)
Heroes Five Philippines (English title)
Kapste tis Ardennes Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
La gloire des canailles France
Vromikoi iroes Greece (reissue title)
Holland. Spring 1945. Two armies face each other in the final confrontation
of World War II. On the one hand are the powerful forces of the Allies,
on the other, all that remains of the Third Reich. The scene is set
for the Battle of the Ardennes. . (IMDB)
Possibly the best that I've watched of the "Euro-Cult"
variations on Hollywood's war-themed spectaculars of the 1960s (ditto
with respect to the films of director De Martino); that said, its
overall quality is only comparable to second-tier legitimate efforts
like, say, THE DEVIL'S BRIGADE (1968) or KELLY'S HEROES (1970)!
a few of these during the past year and they mostly emerged to be
competent and enjoyable, but also instantly forgettable; being usually
co-productions between various European countries, they still managed
to attract a number of international stars. In this case, the hero
is played by American Frederick Stafford (who later made BATTLE
OF EL ALAMEIN  and EAGLES OVER London ). Interestingly,
the film co-stars four James Bond alumni in leading lady Daniela
Bianchi (FROM Russia, WITH LOVE ), Curd Jurgens (THE SPY WHO
LOVED ME ), Adolfo Celi (THUNDERBALL ) and Anthony Dawson
(DR. NO ); also on hand are Howard Ross, Michel Constantine,
John Ireland and, most impressively perhaps, Helmuth Schneider as
a nasty SS officer.
about this particular title is that it throws in an elaborate diamond
caper (with access to the vault gained from under water) amidst
the usual Nazis-vs.-Partisans action. Of course, to complicate matters
further is the budding romance between Stafford and Bianchi (she's
a Jew married to high-ranking German officer Jurgens!) and, besides,
virtually all those involved have their own agenda as to what to
do with the loot! The action sequences are no less sweeping than
those of the typical Hollywood outing, particularly during the (rather
protracted) climax – this is then followed by a clumsy attempt to
tie up its many loose ends, thus making the whole even more overlong!
As a matter of fact, in hindsight it seems that the film doesn't
know whether it wants to be a straightforward war actioner, a tongue-in-cheek
caper adventure or something a lot more solemn altogether, but at
least it does have its moments in each of these facets.
this was one of the few times where composers Ennio Morricone and
Bruno Nicolai shared credit for a film score (which is alternately
stirring and melancholy); usually, the latter either composed alone
or conducted the former's themes. (IMDB)
avril 1945, l'armée allemande résiste encore sur le front hollandais.
Trois soldats américains s'évadent d'un stalag. Parmi eux se trouve
Sesame, un redoutable perceur de coffres-forts. Aidé par un sergent
allemand, Petrowski, le trio parvient а semer ses poursuivants. Walcott
y perd la vie. Les trois rescapés aboutissent au quartier général
de la résistance hollandaise. Le chef des partisans, Rollmann, leur
confie une mission difficile : pénétrer dans les locaux de la Wehrmacht,
а Amsterdam, et y dérober des documents secrets ainsi que l'énorme
fortune en diamants que les Allemands ont confisqué aux diamantaires
de la ville...（Here）
near the end of World War II in the Netherlands, Dirty Heroes concerns
a group of ex-convicts recruited into the U.S. Army to recover Dutch
jewels originally stolen by the Nazis as well as confiscated Allied
plans. Ennio Morricone contributed the score music.
in Holland at the end of World War 2 a final confrontation is about
to take place by whats left of the occupying German Army, and the
combined forces of the Partisans and the Allied forces. Locked inside
of the German command center is a fortune in diamonds taken from Holland.
A plan is devised and executed to steal them, but once its done, everyone
has their own idea on who gets them. （Here）
blatant attempt to capitalize on the success of THE DIRTY DOZEN, this
European co-production teams a bunch of ex-cons turned US soldiers
and some Dutch partisans to recover a cache of stolen diamonds from
German-occupied territory. The locations are nice to look at, and
the Ennio Morricone score is passable, but Frederick Stafford, John
Ireland, and Curt Jurgens are a far cry from the luminaries of THE
DIRTY DOZEN. Originally released in 1967 at 120 minutes, DIRTY HEROES
was chopped down to 105 minutes for its US theatrical release in 1971;
some footage was apparently。restored for the videocassette, which
runs 117 minutes. （Here）
escaped POWs team up with a Dutch loyalist to steal Allied plans and
Dutch diamonds from Nazi headquarters. （Here）