H.M. Deserters (1987)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Military Comedy, Period Film  |   Run Time - 166 min.  |   Countries - Hungary, Poland  |   MPAA Rating - R
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A diverse group of soldiers defending the Austro-Hungarian empire are the subject of this lengthy comedy. Czechs, Poles, Jews, Hungarians, and Italian regulars combine forces to put down their new commander, a sadistic German-born officer with a penchant for handing out public humiliation and public discipline. The German is kidnapped and tied up in a public lavatory. The men also make sure their commander is embarrassed in front of a visiting general during a barracks inspection. Jailed for insubordination, the men escape to Budapest where some pose as veterinarians. They are eventually captured and sent back to face a court-martial led by the Teutonic terror.

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barracks, commander, courtmartial, humiliation, insubordination, prison-escape, soldier