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Wheels of Terror ( The Misfit Brigade )

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  • Actors: Bruce Davison, Oliver Reed, David Carradine, David Patrick Kelly, D.W. Moffett
  • Directors: Gordon Hessler
  • Producers: Wheels of Terror ( The Misfit Brigade ), Wheels of Terror, The Misfit Brigade
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: Swedish, Danish, Finnish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 100.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EU0K69Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,292 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Denmark released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: A motley group of routine German prisoners (including David Patrick Kelly, Jay Sanders and Bruce Davison) are enlisted by a Nazi colonel (David Carradine). The government, desperate for fighting men, promises them freedom if they can destroy a targeted train on the Russian front. ...Wheels of Terror ( The Misfit Brigade )

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By P. O'sullivan on 21 Nov 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Having read the books many years ago, I was surprised that there was a film. The film was made in 1987, with the DVD release being 2002. Of course, showing much of Wheel of Terror's graphic descriptions of the insanity of war would make an unsellable film, but the screenplay treads a fine line between realism and storyline, action and comedy, irony and humour. Indeed the opening scene is superb in its twist.

Decent performance from the principals, including, a surprisingly good David Carradine playing the German officer in charge - the other actors clearly relish the chance to play these larger than life characters.

In the same category as Kelly's Heroes, though made with much less money is my guess. One fun challenge is to work out how many real tanks there are in the film.

Worth a view: hard to find.

Should have made a series - it is refreshing to see a war film made from a non-allied view (no USA or Britain) for a change.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 17 Nov 2010
Format: DVD
Directed by Gordon Hessler with a laziness that even Michael Winner might think shoddy, Wheels of Terror aka The Misfit Brigade seems all too obviously made for video in those halcyon gold rush days of the 80s when anything with some action in it that was more or less in focus would clean up. Based on a presumably much better Sven Hassel novel and following the exploits of a cynical tank crew made up of convicts and political undesirables (Bruce Davison, Keith Szarabajka, David Patrick Kelly and Jay O. Sanders among others who make no attempt to behave as anything other than 80s Americans), it's basic stuff cheaply shot in Yugoslavia with badly disguised modern tanks in battles that aren't so much edited as thrown together depending on what footage hit the floor first after they tossed it all in the air. Even the opening caption gets read out just in case the audience proves unable to read it for themselves.

It has a few fleeting moments that stand out from the general mediocrity - Russians showing propaganda films from the trenches offering four star hotel prison accommodation plus prostitutes to encourage the Germans to surrender, a group of heroes whose exploits are regular features on Nazi radio broadcasts turning out to have settled on a more than amicable truce with their enemies and an encounter with Russian troops who mistake them for fellow Russians - but overall it's hard to tell whether the film actually improves as it goes along or if it's just that our expectations have got that much lower by then. Along the way David Carradine smirks his way through his cameo as their commanding officer while Oliver Reed turns up briefly at the end to add a bit of star power, but it's all too easy to see why none of Hassel's other novels have made it to the screen since. It's not unwatchable but it barely repays the effort.

Most releases of this title are awful transfers of old video copies, though the deleted Finnish DVD has a decent widescreen transfer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cartimand TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Jan 2014
Format: Blu-ray
We all loved the Sven Hassel books in my school days. His wartime exploits were gloriously gory, profane and with an infectious disrespect for authority. Wheels of Terror is, I believe, surprisingly the only film adaptation of his work. Like the hugely enjoyable Cross of Iron this film is one of the few to depict WW2 from the German point of view.

Our anti-heroes are a misfit gang in a penal tank regiment, including a simple-minded muscle-head, who loves blowing things up, a muslim (presumably an outcast from the Islamic SS Handschar), a youngster, a clown and, of course an actor playing Sven himself. Promised a transfer away from the Eastern Front if they undertake a virtual suicide mission, they naturally volunteer. What follows is some decent enough wartime action (including a surprising amount with tanks), a few crude laughs and plenty of enjoyable camaraderie.

All in all, this film's irreverent atmosphere captures the look and feel of the Hassel book pretty well, but with the gore, language and brutality toned down slightly to gain its 15 rating. Other criticisms? Well, as a kid, I built plenty of those Airfix tank kits and even played WW2 wargaming and I can recognize Russian tanks when I see them. T34s are used for the Russians, but the German tank destroyers (presumably meant to be Stug IIIs or Jagdpanzers) are also Russian SU-100s. There is also what looks suspiciously like a post-WW2 Soviet tank at the beginning. Finally, if you'll excuse this geeky aside, the Russian heavy tank Klimenti Vorisholov II or KV2 is referred to as a KW2. Unforgivable! Someone has already questioned the Germans' illogical tactics in the big tank battle, and that was fair comment too.

But did I let these quibbles ruin the film for me? Nah, not a bit of it! Get some beers in and Wheels of Terror is an absolute blast and took me back to surreptitiously reading a Sven Hassel book in class when I should have been doing something much more boring instead!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. S. M. Holliday on 16 Mar 2010
Format: DVD
first saw this film years ago either a friday/sat very late night on bbc (when they used to put films on not this 24/7 news rubbish)
thought it was brilliant, although being quite young, never made it to the end, then spent the next few years (before the dawn of internet and imdb) lookin over old VHS tapes that might have had it recorded, managed to buy a VHS version off amazon about 7years ago, then found the dvd, dont be too put off by the subtitles, just use screen zoom and theyll be gone, cast are great especialy tiny and legionaire, even though everyones in soviet tanks, it doesnt matter, its a great friday night with a few tinnys film
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