Hell River (1974)


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.

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