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Author Topic: Apolcalypse Mercenaries/Mercenari dell'apocalisse (Leandro Lucchetti, 1986)  (Read 4142 times)

demented_uk

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I remember seeing the trailer for this film on the US VHS release of Jackie Chan's ARMOUR OF GOD and thought that it looked like a lot of fun but I never found it on video.  Has anyone here seen it before and have any opinions on it?

Here is the German trailer taken from YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2tb9w0kMSc
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vigilanteforce

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I remember seeing the trailer for this film on the US VHS release of Jackie Chan's ARMOUR OF GOD and thought that it looked like a lot of fun but I never found it on video.  Has anyone here seen it before and have any opinions on it?

Here is the German trailer taken from YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2tb9w0kMSc

I remember liking this a lot although I will have to give it another watch. It is a very entertaining WWII film indeed, a lot better than Lucchetti's later GETTING EVEN (which lifts footage from Di Leo's VIOLENT BREED). This one has a kickass title and gas-masked soldier attacks, not mention quite a few big explosions, whats not to like? 
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Thanks Lefteris, I will keep an eye on eBay and see if the British VHS turns up cheap.  Looks like a lot of cast in this turned up in THE BLACK COBRA.
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vigilanteforce

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That's right Oliver, Maurice Poli (mostly known for RABID DOGS) seemed to be a well-known face in Italian cheese cinema of the late 80s: APOCALYPSE MERCENARIES, BLACK COBRA, URBAN WARRIORS, GETTING EVEN (also by Lucchetti), CROSS MISSION, MIAMI COPS. These last 3 were productions of Ettore Spagnuolo (mostly known for Fulci's AENIGMA). Bruno Bilotta was also in the dreadful URBAN WARRIORS along with Poli. Perhaps Bilotta's alternative name "Karl Landgren" was given to him because of its similarity to Dolph Lundgren- who was big back then thanks to ROCKY IV.
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Stephen Grimes

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That's right Oliver, Maurice Poli (mostly known for RABID DOGS) seemed to be a well-known face in Italian cheese cinema of the late 80s
He was also assistant director on Brescia's DEADLY CHASE(Sapore di morte) in 1990 as well as Vari's excellent 'Ritornano quelli della calibro 38'(Gangsters) back in 1977 in which he also had a small role,think i read somewhere he starred in a few European porn productions in the 80's.Know if this is true Lefteris?
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vigilanteforce

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I have no idea about that Stephen! Sounds funny because the guy must have been in his 50s back then! I am expecting a copy of SAPORE DI MORTE- if its as good as Brescia's other films of the same era (CROSS MISSION and MIAMI COPS) then it will be a blast!

Greek VHS cover for APOCALYPSE MERCENARIES
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Bruno Bilotta was also in the dreadful URBAN WARRIORS along with Poli. Perhaps Bilotta's alternative name "Karl Landgren" was given to him because of its similarity to Dolph Lundgren- who was big back then thanks to ROCKY IV.

I thought that too.  He is quite an intense looking guy, noticed on IMDB that he was in an episode of The Bill last year.
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I liked this one too. But I am a sucker for these kinds action packed movies :-\
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