THE LEOPARDS OF WAR
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THE LEOPARDS OF WAR
Director : Adalberto Albertini
Cast : Guy Madison, Venantino Venantini, Pascale Petit, Enrique Avila, Raf Baldwin
Versions : Italian, English, German, Neutral Spanish, M&E COLORE
Running time : 99 minutes
Year of production : 1969
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Africa at the time of the Second World War: the Americans are preparing and
offensive but are hindered by a powerful battery of German artillery. The task
of neutralizing the German position is entrusted to Captain Vincent’s command.
“Red Devil” is underway. The Command drops by parachute over an oasis where
a Sheik is waiting to guide the men to the target, but the parachute drop is
seen by a German battalion.
of the men stay back to try and prevent the German troops from following, while
the others succeed in reaching the target and blowing up the cannons. This is
the beginning of the advance of the American tanks, while the Germans try to
reorganize themselves to prevent a breakthrough of their lines. The survivors of
Captain Vincent’s command seek refuge in a cave but find they have been
preceded by a group of German soldiers, led by a certain Captain Meineken, who
take them prisoner. The Americans and the Germans are isolated and soon the
tension relaxes, as does the relationship between the prisoners and the Germans,
and they are to become almost friends.
battle is over and the group attempts to return to the German lines but soon the
real and worst enemy of everyone proves to be the desert, and weapons and
munition are abandoned to lighten the journey across the barren wastes. Finally
the sole survivors arrive at a German camp: Captain Vincent, an American soldier
and the German Captain Meineken. At this point the relationship between the two
opposing forces returns to the hate dictated by war, and they part with Captain
Meineken threatening to kill them if they should ever meet again.
war continues in Europe, where Captain Meineken has now been promoted to Major
and is in charge of the interrogation of a group of English prisoners. Captain
Vincent, now a Major too, is in his turn responsible for freeing these very same
prisoners, guided by a partisan radio contact who is, however, discovered and
arrested by the Gerrnans. The American Command reaches the house of the contact,
but finds only the daughter who tells of the arrest of her father, organized by
Major Meineken. Together they study a plan to free the English prisoners and the
girl’s father. In a surprise attack they succeed in freeing the prisoners
after a fierce and bloody battle.
And so the ex-friends, Major Meineken and Major Vincent, now once again enemies, find themselves face to face. But in the end it is Mayor Meineken who is to die.