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Writer-director Samuel Fuller applies his kino-fist to this raw-boned war drama -- one of the first American films to deal with Vietnam. The film concerns the battle between the Vietnamese and the Chinese, through the efforts of a small band of soldiers to locate and destroy a hidden communist arms depot. Gene Barry stars as Sgt. Johnny Brock, the cynical leader of the patrol, who is an American Korean War veteran. Leading the expedition to find the munitions dump is the half-Asian Lucky Legs (Angie Dickinson), Brock's ex-wife. One of Brock's less-endearing qualities is his rabid racism -- he can't accept the fact that their five-year-old son is completely Oriental in appearance. The other members of the patrol are also haunted by past memories -- Goldie (Nat "King" Cole) is a veteran of Korea and World war II who hates war and wants to see peace at all costs; Corporal Pigalle (George Givot) is an ex-French gendarme who doesn't like taking orders; and Private Andreades (Gerald Milton), is a hard-nosed Greek expatriate. When the patrol arrives at the compound, they are greeted by Major Cham (Lee Van Cleef), the communist commander who immediately falls in love with Lucky Legs -- complicating the situation immensely. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


Gene Barry
as Brock
Angie Dickinson
as Lucky Legs
Lee Van Cleef
as Maj. Cham
George Givot
as Cpl. Pigalle
Warren Hsieh
as The Boy
Gerald Milton
as Pvt. Andreades
Paul Dubov
as Capt. Caumont
Neyle Morrow
as Leung
Marcel Dalio
as Father Paul
Maurice Marsac
as Col. De Sars
Paul Busch
as Cpl. Kruger
Sasha Harden
as Pvt. Jaszi
James Hong
as Charlie
Weaver Levy
as Khuan
Walter Soo Hoo
as Guard


Samuel Fuller
Samuel Fuller
Samuel Fuller
Joseph Biroc
Victor Young
Composer (Music Score)
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Harold Adamson
Gene Fowler, Jr.