Commandos (film)

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Commandos 1968 poster.jpg
Commandos theatrical poster
Directed by Armando Crispino
Produced by Alfonso Sansone
Artur Brauner
Written by Menahem Golan
Don Martin
Artur Brauner
Starring Lee Van Cleef
Jack Kelly
Music by Mario Nascimbene
Cinematography Benito Frattari
Edited by Daniele Alabiso
Distributed by Heritage Enterprises
Release dates
  • November 19, 1968 (1968-11-19) (Italy)
  • August 8, 1969 (1969-08-08) (West Germany)
Running time
110 min.
Country Italy
West Germany
Language Italian

Commandos is an Italian "macaroni combat" war film starring Lee Van Cleef and Jack Kelly and is directed by Armando Crispino.[1] It was released in Italy on 19 November 1968, and rated PG in the United States.


It is the middle of World War II and in the deserts of Africa, Sgt. Sullivan puts together a group of Italian-Americans into disguise as Italian soldiers in order to infiltrate a North African camp held by the Italians. After the soldiers have killed the Italians in their beds, they find a hooker living at the camp. Sullivan's commandos are to hold this camp and its weaponry until an American battalion arrives, all the while these Italian-Americans pretend to be Italian soldiers, often hosting the enemy. Cpt. Valli is a young, by-the-book officer who constantly argues with Sgt. Sullivan, who tells his superior that he has no idea what he is doing. One man on the base is an entomologist who is killed and then things get terrible.


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