Biggest Battle, The / Il grande attacco (1978)

3.0 out of 5

Il grande attacco is a Bank Holiday afternoon style World War Two combat affair directed by Umberto Lenzi. The film, an ambitious attampt at war epic features a star cast that should be familiar to general audiences with names such as John Huston, Henry Fonda and Stacy Keach.

The interest for European cult cinema fans would more than likely be in names such as cop character actor Fulvio Mingozzi and Eurocrime henchmen Luciano Catenacci and Giuseppe Castellano. Edwige Fenech is machine gunned and gets a rare death dance scene and Ray Lovelock and Giuliano Gemma also star. Robert Spafford, who's dubbing voice may well be more familiar to English speaking audiences than his face, has an uncredited role as General Patton and Austrian Beast With A Gun star and former Dorian Gray poseur Helmut Berger takes the lead role.

A tank battle does get a little confusing but the story, one of two families touched by war, is engaging enough. Lenzi was to follow this up with the comedy crime semi sequel to Roma a mano armata, the double the Milian for the money title La banda del gobbo.

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