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I am a die hard Tom Selleck Fan
on 15 February 2014
I have been a die hard TS Fan since the heady days of Magnum being 'the Watch' of the week, ,when VCR's were just begining to become household items and most films(unless designated'horror) showed no blood as a consequence of gunshot wounds.... Clearly there were a whole range of superb war films produced by 1978 , even along similar themes to this film(Heroes of Telemark, Operation Crossbow, to name but two arround this time,) . Putting this film in that context it would be quite kind to say it is Poor by comparison but that said , lets not forget , it was made for TV, the production values matched most ordinary childrens tv adventure shows. There is nothing accurate about it atall except for Toms moustache but on the other hand it has a fascination rather like the knitwear ads (stills) featuring a very young Roger Moore, note I use the word 'fascination'. For me the entertainment value is high simply because Tom Selleck's charisma still shines through despite the odds being stacked so high against him. That communication with the audience which became such a feature of the later made Magnums does emerge in this' no' budget clichee ridden piece of 'drama'. I love the 'ello, ello'(Uk French resistance comedy, sitcome) aspect of the English spoken with German accents, most hillareously by Tom himself. Suffer from no illusions, 'Where Eagles dare' it isn't, but it held my attention for that Selleck magic consistently all through the 72 minutes . I didn't think the image quality was that bad, certainly ignorable for the entertainment value of the performance by himself. I am one of those fans who find that TS becomes more entertaining with every project he gives himself to, a bit like Sir Michael Caine, I'd enjoy him reading a dictionary !So, taking all that bias into account, if you collect him , then spent a couple of quid and add this to the collection, it is, when all's said and done a piece of very simple 'boys own' adventure yarnage... it isn't 'Plattoon' or' Born on the fourth of july' but it is a very early performance by probably the most underated actor of our time(recomend 'Countdown to D-Day' and 'Quigley Down under' as bench marks for their genre). I enjoyed it, what have you got to loose!