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Hell Boats

3.8 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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An American commander, serving under the British Royal Army in 1942, is assigned to blockade the island of Malta and told to formulate a plan to destroy the Nazi arsenal in Sicily.

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  • Actors: James Franciscus, Monte Markham, Ronald Allen, Elizabeth Shepherd, Peter Burton
  • Directors: Paul Wendkos
  • Writers: Anthony Spinner, Donald Ford, Derek Ford, S.S. Schweitzer
  • Producers: Lewis J. Rachmil
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: April 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007232CO0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,468 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By C. Andrews on May 28, 2012
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The cover blurb is a bit misleading. Franciscus plays an American volunteer with the Royal Navy who is a Motor Torpedo Boat captain. After action in the Channel, he is selected to proceed to Malta under sealed orders. He discovers he is to destroy an Italian submarine pen in Sicily being used by the Germans to store glide bombs being used against British convoys. This is during the time that Rommel has driven as far East in Egypt as possible, and Malta is under siege.

Franciscus has to come up with his own workable plan of attack, which will probably be suicidal. He has to gain the respect and cooperation of the MTB base, and make a recce behind the lines to get a handle on the objective. There is a love triangle with the base commander and his wife which slows things down a bit, though.

I am not sure of the postwar type used, but I'm thinking that these may be Vosper Rescue and Towing Target Launches made up to look like MTB's and E-boats. There's some model work as well. However, if you want films more on torpedo boat tactics, They Were Expendable or PT-109 might be better bets.
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James Franciscus, plays a Lt.Commander who has to take a group of PT boats from Malta to Sicily to distroy a submarine base, which houses gliding bombs that are destroying supply shipments trying to supply Malta. He has been sent to Malta by the Admiral who's son a Commander is in charge of Naval Operations on Malta. The love interest is the Commander's wife. Not certainly a great movie, the acting is passable the script not that good. However it has suspense, and action. If you have two hours where you have nothing to do this will fill the space.
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Although the plot is a little contrived, this movie is decent escapism in terms of WW2 fare.
Very few movies deal with Malta, so this was cool to see the island. Also rarely shown are the E-boats.
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Couldn't finish watching this one. Just didn't care for it. James Franciscus demonstrates pretty clearly why his only prominant turn as a leading man was as a cut rate charlton heston in Beneath the POTA - granted the script stunk too. Wanted to like this but couldn't
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Not bad if you like war movies but could use more action. Weird love story in the middle with difficult mission at the end
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Rare movie on sea action in the Med and more rare on MTB. Good action ! Plot line like 633 Sqd.

Fun Sat movie.
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It was a good war movie that had plenty of action. the actors did a good job with their preformance. I would recommend it to war movie fans.
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Powerful story about love, loyalty and war. Great bravery, strong characters and good story line with plenty of war time action.
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