Bridge to Hell, A / Un ponte per l'inferno (1986)

1.0 out of 5

Whilst his peers were busy making Vietnam tinted Macaroni Combat movies in the sweaty jungles of the Philippines, Umberto Lenzi was hoofing it over to Yugoslavia to ill-advisedly work on a film at least ten years out of sync with the filone it would seemingly belong to.

Focusing on the erstwhile fixation with ruthless, bridge obsessed Nazi's and the heroic partisans who want to blow said bridges up, Bridge to Hell is a poorly constructed and contrary WWII movie - pieced together from a bit of this and a bit of that, to apparently spite the faddish preoccupation elsewhere with explosive Rambo clones.

Besides the Nazi Bridge that needs blowing up and a multi national parade of heroes who are on hand to duly oblige, Lenzi throws in footage from other films, an irksome anachronistic synthesizer score better used in a Soap Opera, Nuns who conceal Third Reich treasure and a bunch of extras who flail around yelling schnell, achtung and ja wohl before performing rather lame death throes.

A sorry mess of a movie from beginning to head scratching end, Bridge to Hell is nothing more than an inadequate footnote in Lenzi's oeuvre.

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