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Published on Apr 14, 2008
Inspired by and intended as a sequel to THE GUNS OF NAVARONE(1961), this WW 2 action movie is often cited by critics as a lackluster and a poor sequel. If given a fair chance, it is very enjoyable, and features great acting, production, and a good plot overall. Robert Shaw and Harrison Ford have co-starring leads, with Ford being fresh from the role that made him a household name--Han Solo in STAR WARS. Ford portrays American Ranger Lt. Col. Mike Barnsby, the leader of a commando unit sent to Yugoslavia to destroy a vital bridge that will allow Nazi forces to move into Partisan territory. Shaw's character is Major Mallory, who joins Barnsby's unit but has a mission of his own: seek out and elminate a double agent operating with the Yugoslavian resistance fighters. This movie is also of note because it marked Robert Shaw's final film appearance. He died of a heart attack shortly after finishing the project. Edward Fox, Carl Weathers, Alan Badel, Franco Nero, Richard Kiel and Barbara Bach costar.