The Commander (1988)


Introduction

A Major leads a group of mercenaries whose mission is to protect a disc full of secrets, located in South Asia.

Also known as Der Commander (original title) and The Triangle of Fear (literal translation of working title).

Outline

The third in a triptych of Italian jungle combat adventures that includes Commando Leopard and Code Name: Wild Geese from Euro-trash movie kingpin Antonio Margheriti – The Commander features Lewis Collins (Who Dares Wins, 1982) doing what he does best, leading a group of fearless mercenaries into the green hell of a South Asian jungle in order to protect a data disc full of secrets.

On hand to lend a touch of class to proceedings are Lee Van Cleef and Donald Pleasence in an 80s Spaghetti War classic where loud explosions and heavy duty combat combine with secret agent double crossing and murderous corruption.

Can Collins discover who is out to screw him and his hired band of killers as they struggle to survive in this twisting, turning video store staple, reclaimed by ArrowDrome for a new generation of B-movie lovers?

Cast

  • Lewis Collins … Major Colby.
  • Lee Van Cleef … Colonel Mazzarini.
  • Donald Pleasence … Henry Carlson.
  • Manfred Lehmann … Mason / Hiccock.
  • Brett Halsey … McPherson.
  • Chat Silayan … Ling.
  • Hans Leutenegger … Gutierrez.
  • Christian Brückner … Frank Williams.
  • Frank Glaubrecht … Lennox.
  • Thomas Danneberg … Gustafson.
  • Anita Lochner … Mrs. Mason.
  • Wolfgang Kühne … Krüger.
  • Paul Muller … Carbalo.
  • Bobby Rhodes … Kongo Klaus.
  • Romano Puppo … Angelo.
  • Antonio Cantafora … Nick De Carlo.
  • John Steiner … Duclaud.

Trivia

  • Some model shots of silos from Code Name: Wild Geese (1984) are reused with new sequences shot on the same location for this film.
    • This location and the use of a flamethrower are a reference to the earlier film which had many of the same personnel.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Antonio Margheriti … (as Anthony M. Dawson).
  • Producer(s):
    • Stan Atkins … executive producer (as Stan Gelt).
    • Erwin C. Dietrich … producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • Tito Carpi … (writer).
    • Arne Elsholtz … (screenplay).
    • Giacomo Furia … (screenplay).
  • Music:
    • Walter Baumgartner.
  • Cinematography:
    • Peter Baumgartner.
  • Editor(s):
    • Marie-Luise Buschke.
  • Production:
    • Ascot Film.
    • Prestige Film.
  • Distributor:
    • Impuls Home Entertainment (2000) (Switzerland) (DVD).
    • Ascot Filmverleih (1988) (West Germany) (theatrical).
    • Distribuzione Lanciamento Film (DLF) (1988) (Italy) (theatrical).
    • Arrowdrome (2012) (UK) (DVD).
    • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2014) (Germany) (DVD).
    • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2014) (Germany) (Blu-ray) (DVD).
    • Ascot Video (1988) (West Germany) (VHS).
    • El 9 Besepi S.L. (2021) (Spain) (all media).
    • Entertainment in Video (UK) (VHS).
    • Vestron Video International (1988) (Australia) (video).
    • Video Junkie (all media).
  • Release Date: 28 April 1988 (West Germany).
  • Rating: 15.
  • Running Time: 105 minutes.
  • Country: Germany.
  • Language: English.

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