Brass Target
by John Hough


USA (New York, Victoria & Trans-Lux) - December 22, 1978 - Brass Target - 112'
Canada (Toronto, Towne Cinema) - December 22, 1978 - Brass Target - 112'
West Germany - March 9, 1979 - Verstecktes Ziel -
France (Paris) - March 28, 1979 - La cible étoilée -
Italy - March 1979 - Obiettivo Brass -
Spain - March 12, 1979 - Objetivo: Patton - 111' (attendance: 735,871)

French poster Italian poster Spanish poster American poster


Toward the end of the Second World War, the American forces in Germany are transporting a rich booty, the gold reserves of the Third Reich. The train carrying this immense treasure is attacked by a squad of commandoes and ail the men of the escort guard are killed. There is general dismay among ail the Allied forces. A high-ranking Soviet official accuses General Patton of having planned the undertaking, but Patton, indignant over this slanderous accusation, decides to conduct the inquiry himself. He therefore entrusts the investigation to Major Joe DeLucca, since the methods used by the commando squad appear oddly similar to those used by DeLucca himself in the course of sabotage operations against the Germans in Italy In fact the person really responsible for the gold heist is Colonel Rogers, one of DeLucca’s closest collaborators. DeLucca, with the help of Mara, a Polish friend of his, manages to unmask the real guilty party. (Enrico Lancia)
Story: from the novel ‘The Algonquin Project’ by Frederick


Munich, Burghausen (Germany)
Bavaria Studios, Munich (Germany)

Filming dates: March 6, 1978 - May


Sophia Loren (Mara Danelo)
John Cassavetes (Major Joe DeLucca)
George Kennedy (General George S. Patton junior)
Robert Vaughn (Col. Donald Rogers)
Max Von Sydow (Shelley Webber)


Photography (Panavision, Metrocolor):
Tony Imi
Laurence Rosenthal
Costume design:
Monika Bauert
Makeup Artist:
Uschi Borsche
Still Photographer:
Graham Attwood
Arthur Lewis and Berle Adams for M.G.M. (USA)


Sophia gets top billing but the film does not offer her a great role despite the $1 million she receives for her role.

Sophia's voice is dubbed by Mari Ángeles Herranz (Spanish).

U.S. soldiers serving in Europe are used as extras for a film receiving between $45 and
$60 a day for their work.

Sophia stays at the Hotel Seewirt in Holzöster am See, Austria, during the shooting in Burghausen (because she she doesn't like the only hotel on location) and is ferried in a chauffered BMW to and from the set every day, driving though a little town called Fucking which makes her and her entourage gigle every time.


"We won't mention Sophia Loren's presence, since tshe confines herselft to acting like sorrowful upholstery."
Il Giorno, 17 mar 1979.

"Sophia Loren's case is a good example, since she is placed there to be a star though there is actually no narrative or dramatic
necessity to justify her presence."

Alberto Farassino, La Repubblica, 19 mar 1979.

"Sophia appears as Mara, a woman who has lived with her share of men during the war. She
only serves to brighten the gray scenery of postwar Germany."
Carl Remensky, The Chronicle Telegram, 5 jan 1979

"Miss Loren looks wan; Mr. Von Sydow, Patton's fictitious assassin, looks like a man earning a good salary for a foolish job...
Vincent Canby, New York Times, 22 dec 1978

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