Operation Snafu (1970)

Genres - Adventure, Comedy, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Adventure  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - Italy, Yugoslavia  |  
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Don't confuse this 1970 Italian/Yugoslav Operation Snafu with the 1962 British comedy-drama of the same name. While the earlier film boasted an engaging story and a boisterous early appearance by Sean Connery, the 1970 film is a witless mess. Even star Peter Falk fails to raise a laugh in his role as an American officer assigned to whip a troop of Algerian soldiers into shape during World War II. Their mission is an all-but-suicidal attack on a Sicilian enemy stronghold. As bad as Falk looks in this thing, his fellow "distinguished" American actors Jason Robards and Martin Landau look worse. The film's official title is Situation Normal, All Fouled Up; after five minutes, everyone in the audience will shout in unison the word for which "Fouled" is the accepted euphemism.

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suicide-mission, troops, against-all-odds, soldier, war, Sicilian, Germany, unit, weapons