Release date24 October 1985 (1985-10-24) WriterRoy Nelson (screenplay), Giacomo Furia (story) Initial releaseOctober 24, 1985 (West Germany) Music directorEnnio Morricone, Goran Kuzminac CastLewis Collins (Carrasco), Klaus Kinski (Silveira), Cristina Donadio (Maria), Manfred Lehmann (Padre Julio), John Steiner (Smithy), Luciano Pigozzi Similar moviesRelated Antonio Margheriti movies
TaglineHard as stone soldiers of fortune fighting to survive
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Commando Leopard (German: Kommando Leopard) is a 1985 West German-Italian war film directed by Antonio Margheriti and starring Lewis Collins.
In an unnamed Latin American dictatorship, a group of rebel freedom fighters fight to bring about a less oppressive society. The rebels, led by the enigmatic Enrique Carrasco (Collins) who has returned to his native land to fight, attack a hydro-electric dam. Along with Carrasco's native fighters are Smithy (Steiner), a British mercenary, and Maria, a native ex medical-student turned freedom fighter. After killing the security guards, Carrasco's men place explosives at a crucial point in the dam wall, when they blow the dam the resulting tidal surge destroys a nearby bridge that is carrying Government convoy.
On hearing the news, the President demands the head of the secret police, Colonel Silvera (Kinski), to eliminate the rebels. Carrasco's group arrive at an impoverished village to gain medical supplies for their wounded, unfortunately the village leader informs Carrasco that there is none, but there are nearby priests that looks after the sick and wounded. Splitting his force in two, Maria leads a group including the wounded to seek out the priests while Carrasco, Smithy and the rest of the group return to the dam. After leaving the village Government forces led by Silvera's deputy (Leutenegger) attacks the village with flame thrower armed helicopters. At the site of the destroyed dam, Carrasco finds that the Government forces have already built a pontoon bridge and are recovering the sunken supply convoy. Using scuba diving equipment, Carrasco and Smithy plant time bombs on some of the still submerged trucks that carried explosives. But the two rebels can exit the river the bombs explode, the pressure wave knocks Smithy unconscious and he surfaces and is captured. Carrasco is more fortunate and escapes with the help of an elderly friend (Pigozzi) and his men, who turn up in a truck in the nick of time.
In a prison located in the country's capital, Smithy is being held with other political prisoners when he learns of a plot to free them.
Lewis Collins as "Leopard" Carrasco
Klaus Kinski as Silveira
Manfred Lehmann as Don Julio
John Steiner as Anrade
Hans Leutenegger as Leutnant Ortiz
Thomas Danneberg as José
Francis Derosa as Hidalgo
Alan C. Walker as Emiliano
Commando Leopard was made from many returning members of the film crew of Codename: Wildgeese, specifically director Antonio Margheriti, producer Erwin C. Dietrich and cinematographer Peter Baumgartner.
In a contemporary review, Kim Newman (Monthly Film Bulletin) noted the special effects in the film, stating that the set-pieces "are quite impressively managed through the use of near-perfect miniatures" while stating that "everything else is very lazily slung together". Newman described Lewis Collins acting as "uninvolved" and that only Klaus Kinski as "at least having a presence...he refuses to give any kind of performance."