Tag-line: "This is a corporation of businessmen. Their business is war. For them, the jungle and the city are the same."
Notable Cast or Crew: Lee Van Cleef (THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY; ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK), Klaus Kinski (AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD; DOCTOR ZHIVAGO), Ernest Borgnine (MARTY, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK), Mimsy Farmer (FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET, MORE), Lewis Collins (KOMMANDO LEOPARD, CONFESSIONS OF A DRIVING INSTRUCTOR). Directed by Antonio Marghereti (YOR THE HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE, CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE).
So you send your buddy down to Drug Mart with 50¢ to grab THE WILD GEESE on VHS with Richard Burton. Instead, he comes back with this. We're far beyond the point where Margheriti and his Campari-swilling cronies are making any money off of that rental, but, the question is, what are they getting out of it? I would propose that (like every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings) maybe every time a piece of plagiaristic Italo-trash gets mistakenly rented, Fabio Testi gets another pair of tight jeans?
Regardless, this is pretty terrible. The quality is bootleg-level horrid, the action is boring, the characters bland, the editing stale. It's the kind of flick that makes Michael Winner look like Orson Welles. It features a fairly awful Jan Nemec/Eloy score––kinda Christopher Cross meets De Angelis. Most everyone seems to have done their own dubbing, but Kinski must've thrown a tantrum in post, cause he's been dubbed by a stuffy English gent, which is just plain whacky.
Good day to you, sir
Then Mimsy Farmer shows up about 50 minutes in to ruin our lives. But there's a lot of schweet things going on as well: Lee van Cleef with a Rambo-bandana as the badass prisoner sprung for the mission (in a role reversal from ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK),
Science cannot explain my irrational dislike for Mimsy Farmer (shoulda been Grace Jones)
Ernest Borgnine doing his patented "Borgnine-grin,"
Truly Kinski's madness holds no power in the face of a Borgnine-grin
Kinski's machine gun versus Lee van Cleef's flamethrower-spewing helicopter,
Even the prospect of attacking Kinski with a flying flamethrower does not excite Lee van Cleef
the operation at hand is called "Operation: Cleaning," there's a generic villain named 'Khan' ("You find them, and make it slow. I want them to suffer. And then...take PICTURES!"), and the line "That's Americans for you! The only serious thing we've ever done is revolt against your king, since then, it's just been Hollywood, Hollywood..."
This movie's full of head-scratchers––like the weird nuzzle/forehead rub van Cleef does with Mimsy at the end.
Not sure where this came from.
And where does this guy keep getting ice cold Buds in the middle of the jungle?
I'm reminded of the finale of DELTA FORCE––beers for everybody!
Why do the silenced gunshots sound like a pinball ricochets? How does a car drive sideways along the wall of a tunnel?
This is truly one of the more majestic scenes in film history: Lewis Collins, while driving his car in a tunnel, swerves to avoid some construction and drives sideways down the tunnel wall (in miniature) for a good forty-five seconds as Ernest Borgnine tries to wrap his head around it, in vain.
Still, this is far from being the worst that Italy has to offer. I cheerfully give it two and a half stars.