From Hell to Victory
From Hell to Victory is a European Macaroni-War film directed in 1979 by Umberto Lenzi. The movie was a co-production between Italy (where it was released as Contro 4 bandiere/ Against Four Flags), France (where is known with the title De l'enfer à la victoire) and Spain (where is known as De Dunkerke a la victoria/ From Dunkirk to Victory). Some internationally distributed versions credit Umberto Lenzi as "Hank Milestone".
|From Hell to Victory|
|Directed by||Umberto Lenzi|
|Produced by||Edmondo Amati|
|Story by||Umberto Lenzi|
|Cinematography||Jose Luis Alcaine|
|Edited by||Vincenzo Tomasi|
In 1939 six friends take drinks in a suburb of Paris and promise each other to meet again once World War II is over. Two of them are French, two others are Americans, one is a German and another one is British. All of them fight in the war and after the Liberation of Paris only three of them live to keep their promise.
The screenplay is credited to Anthony Fritz, while the Monthly Film Bulletin noted that some sources credits Umberto Lenzi, Gianfranco Clerici and Jose Luis Martinez Molls. The producer Edmondo Amati have used for this movie some sequences of a predecessor movie Dirty Heroes released in 1967 and produced by Amati.
- George Peppard as Brett Rosson
- George Hamilton as Maurice Bernard
- Horst Buchholz as Jürgen Dietrich
- Capucine as Nicole Levine
- Sam Wanamaker as Ray MacDonald
- Anny Duperey as Fabienne
- Jean Pierre Cassel as Dick Sanders
- Ray Lovelock as Jim Rosson
- Howard Vernon as SS Major Karl
- George Claisse as Karl Wessel
- Franco Fantasia as Captain Vanderkreut
- Lambert Wilson
- Ángel Aranda
The Monthly Film Bulletin noted that they had to "admire the resourcefulness of a relatively low-budget production which still runs to a quite respectable crowd of extras and such details as a genuine vintage fire engine in the London blitz scene" and that "taken on the level of a ripping yarn, From Hell to Victory is really quite amiable, although the routine script and direction make everything much more predictable than it need have been".
- McGillivray, David (1979). "From Hell to Victory (De l'enfer a la victoire)". Monthly Film Bulletin. Vol. 46 no. 540. British Film Institute. p. 226.
- Luis Gasca. Un siglo de cine español. Planeta, 1998. ISBN 84-08-02309-8.
- "In some prints, director Umberto Lenzi is billed as "Hank Milestone"". allmovie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-29.