Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Flame to the Phoenix manages to transcend its skintight budget and variable English-language dubbing. The time is the eve of WW II, and the place is Poland. When the Germans stage their invasion, most of the country is caught helpless and unawares. With no heavy artillery to speak of, the Poles must rely on their antiquated cavalry to offer resistance. Surprisingly, the cavalry proves quite efficient in warding off Hitler's panzer columns--at least for a while. Offsetting the desperate courage of the Polish military and civilians are the futile efforts by British diplomats to prevent Germany from embarking upon its hellish course. The storyline of Flame to the Phoenix tends to be disorganized, but overall the film is a worthy tribute to the valiant men and women who died fighting an apparently lost cause.
war, cavalry, diplomat, panzer, survivor, tank [vehicle], underground [counterculture]