A bunch of daring dogs

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German title A bunch of daring dogs
Original title Quel maledetto treno blindato
Country of production Italy
original language Italian
Publishing year 1978
length 100 minutes
Age rating FSK No youth approval
Director Enzo G. Castellari
script Sandro Continenza
production Roberto Sbarigia
music Francesco De Masi
camera Giovanni Bergamini
cut Gianfranco Amicucci

A Bunch of Daring Dogs (also Inglorious Bastards - The Original ; Original Title: Quel maledetto treno blindato , translated: "That damned armored train") is an Italian war film from 1978 by the director Enzo G. Castellari . It premiered on November 17, 1978.


The action takes place in France during World War II , 1944 . A prisoner transport of the American military police, consisting of thieves and deserters , falls victim to a German air attack. Five of the delinquents managed to escape. Under the leadership of Lieutenant Robert Yeager, the gigantic black Canfield, the Chicago thug Tony, the thieving organizational talent Nick and the young Berle want to move to neutral Switzerland .

On the way they are joined by the armed forces deserter Armin Sachs, with whose help they want to break through the German lines. On their adventurous escape, they get caught up in a battle between American and German troops, escape an SS firing squad and have a dangerous encounter with heavily armed Wehrmacht helpers. In a collision with a German patrol, they are destroyed, but Sachs is also killed in the conflict.

When the refugees encounter a group of French partisans led by a certain "Veronique" a little later , it turns out that the patrol had consisted of American elite fighters who, disguised as Wehrmacht soldiers, wanted to break through to the partisans in order to deal with them Help carry out a secret commando operation. The head of the operation should be the British Colonel Buckner, who arrives at the partisans by parachute and now offers the Yeager to instead carry out the command with his people and obtain impunity for it. Buckner refuses and insists on bringing the five to court-martial. It was only when the Briton was taken prisoner by Germany and Yeager's troop freed him from an SS command center in a flick of the wrist that he finally consented.

The aim of the campaign is to get a target device from a prototype of the V2 rocket head behind the American lines. For this purpose, a train has to be hijacked that transports the weapons in a mobile laboratory through France.

Yeager and Buckner get on the train, disguised as Wehrmacht ballistics experts. Tony and Berle blow up the railroad bridge the transport was supposed to cross. They then smuggle themselves on board the train to uncouple the wagons with the guards and divert the train to the nearby Pont Massons station, which has already been captured by Veronique and his men. But suddenly a troop transport of the Wehrmacht appears here , which recaptures the station after a fierce battle. Veronique and most of his people are killed here. Canfield escapes and runs towards the arriving train to warn his comrades. Tony, Colonel Buckner, who managed to get the target device from the prototype, and the seriously wounded Canfield are finally able to save themselves. Berle, Nick and Lieutenant Yeager do not survive the suicide mission.

When the train arrives, the Mont Passons station is blown up together with the German soldiers, as the fatally injured Yeager managed to activate the V2's self-destruct mechanism. In the midst of the ruins and chaos, Tony can finally embrace the young French girl Nicole, whom he met and fell in love with in the partisan camp.


"A cynical shooting ballad in the shortened German version, in which the war degenerates into an adventure à la Italo-Western."

“'Seewolf' Harmstorf as a World War II fighter in a moderately exciting early steel storm ballad; (Negative) prototype for the following mercenary strips. (Rating: 2 stars - average) "

- Adolf Heinzlmeier , Berndt Schulz : Lexicon "Films on TV" (1990)

“[E] a respectable copy from the exploitation film category, which can actually only be enjoyed with a wink [...]. The inglorious bastards are a welcome change from the big budget heroes. "

- Philipp Stroh : zelluloid.de


The international title of the film, which was shown under numerous titles in the USA, is Inglorious Bastards . Several storylines served as inspiration for Quentin Tarantino's film Inglourious Basterds , in which director Castellari also has a cameo .

After the Tarantino film was released, the DVD version of the film was re-released under this title. A German DVD version of the film also tries to imitate the cover of Inglourious Basterds . The same font is used and called Quentin Tarantino.

The German dubbed version from 1978 is several minutes shorter, so that the passages reinserted for the DVD release have Italian dubbing voices with German subtitles. This is particularly curious in the scenes with Raimund Harmstorf when he speaks German with a clear Swiss accent in the Italian version.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. A bunch of daring dogs. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed September 19, 2018 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  2. ^ Adolf Heinzlmeier , Berndt Schulz : Lexicon "Films on TV" . Extended new edition. Rasch and Röhring, Hamburg 1990, ISBN 3-89136-392-3 , p. 343
  3. Philipp Stroh: A bunch of daring dogs - Inglorious Bastards. (No longer available online.) In: Zelluloid.de. Archived from the original on December 26, 2016 ; accessed on September 19, 2018 .
  4. Erik Buckman: Original 'Bastards' director talks Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds': Includes spoilers and trailer. (No longer available online.) In: Examiner.com. February 17, 2009, archived from the original on October 18, 2009 ; accessed on September 19, 2018 (English).
  5. Cover of the DVD version