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Monday, June 13, 2011

Project Mogul: Luigi Batzella's SABOTAGE! (1979)


Luigi Batzella's Strategia per una missione di morte (1979)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: All American Video
Catalog: AAV117
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: ?
Runtime: 79:29
Print:  1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras:  None

About the Film
Director: Luigi Batzella
Year of Release: 1979
Country of Origin: Italy / France
Stars: Richard Harrison, Gordon Mitchell, Gino Turini, Olivier Mathot
AKAs: Black Gold, Black Gold Dossier, Plan for a Death Mission

Verbatim Box Synopsis
A party of commandos are sent by an oil exploration company on a deadly mission of sabotage.

Benson leads the strike force and in the violent battle that follows the sabateurs reach their objective.

Explosives wreck the derricks, pipelines and oil tanks... the whole plant is turned into a burning inferno of fire and destruction.

A story of high suspense and human drama.

U.S. All American Video sleeve!
German Top/pic sleeve!

Italian Cinehollywood sleeve!

Bob Monell from I'm in a Jess Franco State of Mind had the following amusing remarks about this film: "Crazed use of stock footage, some of it reversed [!]. I asked Alain Petit, one of the scriptwriters, about this and he told me Eurocine ignored his screenplay and just cut and pasted it together. Demented music also. Harrison looks miserable."

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  1. Am I the only one who loves the amazingly redundant phrasing of "burning inferno of fire"?

  2. Bruce, VSOM used to list this as a JESS FRANCO film!!!! Maybe they still do. Is this on DVD anywhere? I'm attempting to find an email Alain Petit, one the writers, sent me on this. I'm going to review this on my EUROSPY FILES FACEBOOK page soon.