Friday, 29 October 2010

Bridge to Hell & Umberto Lenzi

Ok, something a little different today. I picked up this beauty earlier in the year from a charity shop in the Lake District for 50p; it's a VHS copy Umberto Lenzi's 1986 war flick "Bridge To Hell". What drew me in initially was obviously the front cover, but after reading the blurb on the back I was slightly confused. It says that 3 escaped prisoners of war are aided by local freedom fighters to steal 'The San Basilio Treasure'. It goes on to describe of how they are confronted by the might of the German Armed Forces... Nazi's? Yup, that's right, this is set during 1939 and 1945... After discovering this I flipped over the case and took another look at the cover, something didn't sit right; perhaps it was the size of the machine guns or even the pretty modern looking helicopter. I knew this was going to be a bad film - but for 50p? It would have been rude not to...

Umberto Lenzi made almost half-a-dozen war films and having only seen this one, I find it hard to imagine that any of the others could be any worse. This is a pretty terrible film, but also pretty hilarious too.  Here are some clips from the film:

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