La Porta del Cannone (1969)

Porta del Cannone, La (1969, ITA/FRA/YUG) C-96m. SCOPE ** D: Leopoldo Savona. Starring John (Gianni) Garko, Irina Demick, Gianna Serra, Horst Frank, Tom Felleghy. In the early days of WW2, Italian spy Garko is assigned to kill a Czechoslovakian rebel leader to pave the way for the Nazis. On his mission he falls in love and slowly learns that he is on the wrong side. Thoughtful, quite well-made war drama lacks the extra-punch or speed to make it sizzle. Still, worth a look. Spaghetti western regular Garko proves he can act. Features impressive real WW2 action footage. Director Savona coscripted from the novel by Giuliano Friz. Score by Carlo Rustichelli.


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