A rock solid film by one of the great Italian directors of genre cinema
La legione dei dannati works at the level of two subgenres: the war film that follows the exploits of a dirty dozen on what can only be defined as a suicide mission, and the war film in which an army official leads his troops into battle with the desire to settle an old score. In short, it is a feast of patriotic bravado and revenge. Umberto Lenzi directs with all the skill that made him one of the best directors of low-budget cinema of the ’60s and ’70s. Jack Palance stars, with his face carved from granite. What more could you want?
World War II. The Allied Forces are preparing for the Normandy Landings. The Germans are ready to prevent it from happening, but don’t know the precise location. British Colonel Anderson is in charge of leading an expedition to reach the French coast near Le Havre, with the aim of tricking the Nazis into thinking that the landings will take place there. He will once again come up against Colonel Ackerman, who has ready defeated him in North Africa.