A very mediocre attempt to adapt Sven Hassel's gory novel to the screen turns horrors of war into dull, uninvolving buddy comedy.
Wheels of Terror (1987) a.k.a Misfit Brigade is own its own merits a decent but unexciting low budget WW2 film, enlivened by a tense climactic action scene and Oliver Reed/David Carradine cameos. As an adaptation of Hassel's controversial novel however it just falls down flat and could well be the worst ever book to film adaptation.
Tough and Deadly (1985) is probably the most enjoyable in Blanks' canon, a classic and highly entertaining buddy movie with 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper, while Hidden Tiger (1996) is Blank's final starring role, a rather generic but enjoyable actioner.
Nico Mastorakis double-bill - 15.6.13
Nightmare at Noon (1988) is something of a simplified remake of Romero's The Crazies with more explosions, while Hired to Kill (1990) is a straight forward actioner with a rather undeveloped plotline, but does include Oliver Reed with an epic mustache. Both interesting but missable films.
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Ingrid Pitt was born in Poland in 1937, during the Second World War Pitt and her family were imprisoned in a concentration camp after her father's refusal to work for the Nazi regieme.
She survived the camp and spent some time as a stage performer in East Germany before her outspokenness against the Communist repression forced her to flee the city into the West.
Her first film work came in Spain, appearing first in the low budget horror picture El Sonido prehistórico (1964) before getting very small roles in the Orson Welles production Chimes at Midnight (1965) and David Lean's classic Doctor Zhivago (1965).
With these successes she travelled to Hollywood, working as a waitress between occasional television roles, including an epsiode in the first season of Ironside. After a lead performance in the bizarre The Omegans (1968) shot in the Phillipines, Pitt's first major film role came as secret agent Heidi in the Alistair MacLean adventure Where Eagles Dare (1968) starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood.
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