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Where to begin? Well it's a turkey of gargantuan proportions and has been released under three different titles; one is this fiasco, another is called `Red Rose of Normandy' and also just `Normandy'. It is allegedly about Klaus who is a `good Nazi' and a veteran of the Eastern front. He is in love with Klaudia who is a nurse in France. He has a pathetic battle with some very old and overweight Russians and then goes to Normandy to advise Field Marshall Erwin Rommel on how to improve the Atlantic Wall, - yeah right Germany's best tactical genius is going to listen to some Captain.
The Russians apart from being crud at everything also have clean uniforms as do the Germans. There is some sub plot about making an heroic final stand to protect the wounded. The hospital is a tent with six bloke's lieing around with childish bandages on. No-one can act in this; so far as this is a masterclass in bad acting. The tanks look like they were knocked up in someone's shed, they do have some authentic weapons though, but that is a small crumb of comfort in what otherwise is the worst use of screen time since the last time I watched a wedding video.
There is no blood when men get shot or bullet holes and everyone dies the way kids do when they are playing at war. The dialogue is so bad that the `actors' should be applauded just for keeping a straight face whilst delivering it. They also all have rubbish accents, ranging from amnesic actor stumble to east coast American and I am talking about the Germans here. The sound is poor in places meaning you can barely hear the cringe worthy guff they are coming out with, which to be honest is probably a blessing. The camera work is shaky cam and sped up and just plain bad. It lacks any sign of decent direction, or production and could have done with some massive editing. The love interest in Klaudia is stunningly awful, she has what appear to be Botox lips and seems to have eaten a whole lipstick in a school girl attempt to look sexy, but instead ends up as a second rate Miss Piggy look a like.
The music tries to inject some `mood' but just underscores how bad the on screen `action' actually is. The guns do not recoil and the muzzle flashes have been put on after. There is one shot where the Swastika is round the wrong way which is a sign of peace. On D Day the Americans land in two boats and I have seen better action and convincing acting in a low rent porno. The star is Tino Struckman who also directed this steaming chunder. He lists himself as being a self protection expert on his IMDB page and perhaps he should stick to what he knows best, because if he comes across anyone who has paid out to see this abomination, he may need to employ some pretty nifty 'self defence' of his person. Avoid like the singles table at a wedding reception.
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Initial post: 23 Jun 2013 15:57:18 BDT
This is actually the sequel to Brother's War - another terrible film. You should have read the German reviews of this and they would have told you how bad it is. Even Bernard Matthews would not have touched this one!
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2013 17:57:35 BDT
Hi Booby hope al goes well, and yes I feel like a bit of a muppet for renting this. I am so glad I did not buy the ruddy thing. Tino Struckman has written a 5 star review of this rubbish on Az,com - the cheek of it. There is also a 4 star review from one of the re-enactors because he had to travel thousands of miles to take part!
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2013 06:05:11 BDT
I have come to realise that the more 'action' a film has on the cover, the worse it is likely to be.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2013 18:13:47 BDT
You are so right and do some research first, problem is I love war films so often want to give them a chance as I know you do too, and we do get to see some right rubbish
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2013 18:26:39 BDT
I really hope they release Our Mothers, Our Fathers over here, as that genuinely looks a class series. Did I ever ask you if you watched Heimat, back in the 1980s?
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2013 18:19:04 BDT
Bobby, no I didn't see it is that a recommended from you, if so I will have to hunt it down?
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2013 18:51:39 BDT
Heimat is the sort of programme that one never forgets. It is a German mini series that tracks a German village from 1919-1980, with a large chunk of the series set during the war. You will not see a more moving and thoughtful (though slow paced) series. Margaret loved it, as it reminded her of life in a Nigerian village. A word of warning mind, do not buy Heimat 2, as it is set during the 1960s/70s and is quite boring compared to the Edgar Reitz original. I am 100% sure you will love it. I saw it back in 1982 (I think) when it first came out and again a couple of years ago. It has not aged at all.
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2013 13:29:28 BDT
Thanks Bobby I have ordered it and am so looking forward to this. There is also a Heimat 3 that I have spotted any idea if that is any good?
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2013 15:36:59 BDT
I really am amazed you had not seen this before, given your in-depth knowledge of European cinema. You are in for a treat. I would give Heimat 9/10, Heimat 2, 3/10 and Heimat 3, 7/10. I will be curious to know of your opinion when you see Heimat for the first time. Lucky man!
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2013 10:46:45 BDT
Yes I ought to be ashamed, but I keep finding obscure films from all round the world and get sidetracked so easily. I saw the original 'I am legend' the other day from 1968 starring Vincent Price - its called 'The last man on earth' and was quite good, but I still love war films, shame Korea hasn't made a new one in a while. I cant wait to see Heimat though looks brilliant.