Hell River (also known as Partisans (Serbo-Croatian: Partizani / Партизани), Tactical Guerrilla, and The Last Guerrilla) is a 1974 Yugoslav partisan film starring Rod Taylor as a Yugoslav raised in America who returns home to fight the Germans as a Partisan in World War II.
Partisans in Yugoslavia clash with the Germans that have invaded their homeland in several confrontations until the climactic battle at Hell River.
- The producer, Ika Panajotovic, was a lawyer and former tennis player who represented Yugoslavia in the Davis Cup and reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon.
- Footage from Hell River was used in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, reedited to feature Leonardo Dicaprio.
- Adam West (Batman) plays a German officer.
- The film was shot on location in Yugoslavia, and claims to be based on a true story.
- There are several versions, including an original three-hour cut made for Yugoslavian television, and a feature-length version for the American market.
- Rod Taylor was involved in rewriting and shooting some additional scenes during post production.
Production & Filming Details
- Director(s): Stole Jankovic.
- Producer(s): Ika Panajotovic.
- Writer(s): Stole Jankovic.
- Music: Vojislav Borisavljevic.
- Cinematography: Bozidar Miletic.
- Editor(s): Michael Economou and Ivanka Vukasovic.
- Release Date: December 1978 (US).
- Running Time: 102 minutes.
- Country: Yugoslavia, USA, and Liechenstein.
- Language: English and Serbo-Croatian.