In the wake of 'The Dirty Dozen' (1967) this movie was swiftly released. It was based on a book about a real life US/Canadian army unit who served in WWII.
This film was the UK's 4th biggest grossing movie of 1968.
You have the under pressure commander (William Holden) who has to put together an elite force out of a bunch of mostly convicted misfits from the US and regular troops from Canada. Of course, you have the inevitable friction between both camps but they, of course, gel into a top fighting outfit that gets sent on dangerous missions to Italy. There are quite a lot of similarities between this and 'The Dirty Dozen' but this film benefits from great location footage from Utah and Italy. The battle scenes are very well staged especially the mountain top climax at the end of this thrilling movie.
The cast is another who's who of the time. William Holden, Cliff Robertson, Dana Andrews, Vince Edwards and Michael Rennie are the main stars. Richard Jaeckel even pops over from 'The Dirty Dozen'! Jack 'The Wild Geese' Watson plays a tough Canadian soldier.
All the cast are very good in this action packed war movie. Robertson plays an Irish Canadian! Sadly, the only thing Irish about Cliff was what he had strapped on his bald bonce.
Really enjoyed it but not as good as 'The Dirty Dozen'.