During World War II, U.S. Army Captain Turner (Hudson) and his team of commandos are parachuted behind enemy lines in Italy to blow up a dam. However, the Germans are waiting at the landing site; Turner is wounded, and all of his men are killed.
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He is found by a group of Italian boys led by teenager Aldo. Their parents were massacred by the Germans as a reprisal for helping Italian partisans. The boys kidnap German doctor Bianca Freedling (Koscina) to heal Turner.
The boys will only help the captain with his mission if he teaches them how to fight, so they can get revenge. They manage to blow up the dam, but Aldo becomes so crazed shooting German soldiers he even kills another boy when he gets in the way. As Turner, Bianca and the surviving boys go to meet up with the advancing Allied troops, Aldo breaks down, finally realizing what he has done. Turner takes him in his arms and forgives him.
Best part of story, including ending:
It's just your average war movie. Nothing particularly special about it.
Best scene in story:
The scene where Aldo kills a friend in his frenzy is about the only mildly memorable one.
Opinion about the main character:
Turner rapes the doctor.