When a weary infantry squad is sent back into battle against a massive German force, unruly ace soldier Reese (Steve McQueen, in strong antihero form) devises a ruse to trick the Nazis into thinking the tiny Allied platoon is a much larger battalion. Renowned action director Don Siegel (Dirty Harry) helms the tense, well-acted war film, which also stars Bobby Darin, Bob Newhart and James Coburn as the flamethrower-wielding Henshaw.
Donald Siegel (October 26, 1912 – April 20, 1991) was an influential American film director and producer. His name appeared in the credits of his films as both Don Siegel and Donald Siegel.
Born in Chicago, he graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge in England, and found work in Warner Bros. film library, rising to become head of the Montage Department, where he directed thousands of montages, including the opening montage for Casablanca. In 1945 two shorts he directed, Hitler Lives? and A Star in the Night, won Academy Awards, which launched his career as a feature director.
He directed whatever material came his way, often transcending the limitations of budget and script to produce interesting and adept works. He directed two episodes of The Twilight Zone, “The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross” and “Uncle Simon”. He worked with Elvis Presley and Dolores del Río in Flaming Star (1960), and with Steve McQueen in Hell… read more