Commandos is a war film that continues to have many admirers, both at Italian and international level. Among its most often cited qualities are a dense and dynamic screenplay (Dario Argento was one of the screenwriters), the complex and well-defined characters and relationships, a highly convincing cast (especially Lee Van Cleef, the prototype of a soldier with a temperament of steel and a psyche ready to explode at any moment), and a rhythm and tension that never let up. But above all, the fantastic battle scenes, which still today have the power to shock.
On the eve of the American landings in Africa in 1942, a group of Italian-American soldiers set off on a risky mission: to capture a Libyan oasis of great strategic importance held by Italian soldiers, and then replace them in an attempt to trick the Germans until the Allied Forces arrive. The oasis is taken, and for a while the subterfuge works, even if bad blood exists between the sergeant and the colonel. It will end in a massacre.