Tough to Kill / Duri a morire (1979)

2.0 out of 5

This lame Joe D’Amato men-on-a-mission jungle adventure doesn't have the budget for any rousing action scenes like in the similarly themed Codename Wildgeese. But, at least the redoubtable Donald O’Brien impresses in a sadistic turn as the group’s leader,Major Haggerty, subjecting the men to a tirade of physical and mental abuse along the way. Luc Merenda is too suave to convince as a mercenary and the film’s tone is completely hindered by Stelvio Cipriani’s woefully misplaced disco score. A nice little twist ending briefly brings the film back to life, but, by then, it’s too little too late. For D’Amato completists only.

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