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Brass Target Directed by John Hough Produced by Berle Adams Arthur Lewis Written by Frederick Nolan (novel) Alvin Boretz Starring Sophia Loren John Cassavetes George Kennedy Robert Vaughn Max von Sydow Music by Laurence Rosenthal Distributed by MGM Release date(s) 1978 Running time 111 min. Country United States Language English Brass Target is a 1978 American war film, based on the novel The Algonquin Project by Frederick Nolan and directed by John Hough. It stars John Cassavetes, Robert Vaughn, George Kennedy, Patrick McGoohan and Max von Sydow.[1] The film revolves around the actual historical event of Gen. George S. Patton's fatal automobile crash. It suggests it was not an accident but a conspiracy. Contents 1 Plot 2 Filming locations 3 Production Notes 4 Notes 5 External links // Plot The story opens in Europe days after VE Day. General Patton (played by Kennedy), orders that gold reserves held by the former Reichsbank be transported to Frankfurt. But before the shipment arrives in the city the train is robbed and its US Army MP guards are killed in a tunnel using poisoned gas. It's then revealed that a group of corrupt American officers, led by a colonel (played by Vaughn), are behind the crime. The investigation, started by Patton, initially leads to OSS Major Joe DeLuca (played by Cassavetes). It seems the robbers used his plan from one of his wartime operations to steal the gold. This prompts DeLuca to start his own investigation. His first stop is to see his old wartime commander, Colonel Mike McCauley (played by McGoohan), who is now living in a requisitioned German Castle. Meanwhile, as the investigation gets closer, the corrupt American officers hire Webber, a professional assassin, (played by Von Sydow) to kill Patton in the hope of halting the inquiry. Soon DeLuca meets Mara, a former girlfriend (played by Loren), who can help him find the culprits. But before they can do that they find out that Webber is on their trail and also planning to kill Patton. The pair now have to race against time across war-ravaged Europe to save the general and catch the villainous officers. Filming locations The film was shot on location in Munich, Bavaria, Germany and Switzerland. Production Notes The film, despite a lukewarm reception on release, is noted for its attention to historical detail in an early Post-War Europe. The Cold War had not started but relations with the Russians are shown to be already frosty. There are displaced persons camps, refugees and POWs as well as the remnants of war, such as bombed out buildings and destroyed armoured vehicles and equipment. Despite the attention to detail, the premise of the film is no more than groundless speculation - General Patton died due to spinal injuries sustained as a result of an automotive accident, which an official military investigation agreed with. Notes ^ Variety film review; December 13, 1978. External links Brass Target at Allmovie Brass Target at the Internet Movie Database Brass Target at the TCM Movie Database The Death of General Patton v • d • e Films directed by John Hough 1970s Eyewitness (1970) · Twins of Evil (1971) · Treasure Island (1972) · The Legend of Hell House (1973) · Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974) · Escape to Witch Mountain (1975) · Return from Witch Mountain (1978) · Brass Target (1978) 1980s The Watcher in the Woods (1980) · The Incubus (1981) · The Triumphs of a Man Called Horse (1982) · Black Arrow (1985) · Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986) · American Gothic (1987) · Howling IV: The Original Nightmare (1988) 1990s Something to Believe In (1998) 2000s Bad Karma (2002)