Episode 16, and the final episode of the three-parter, picks up with Hitch and Marianne. Things seem to be going well with the two, the harsh words of Hitch from the night before being forgiven. Marianne sweetly makes Hitch some coffee and gets him a razor to shave with. Things start to heat up as the bare-chested Hitch shaves while Marianne, standing near in her bathrobe, is talking and helping him. Sitting down and drinking their coffee, Marianne starts sobbing after the conversation gets sentimental, and of course, all Hitch can do is hug and kiss her. Fade out time!!! Next, with his personal mission accomplished, Hitch is rowing Marianne out to the fishing boats for a meeting with the fishermen. The other Rats are there as well, and Marianne has to convince the fisherman that she has been on the side of the Allies all along. Troy explains the whole plan to the fishermen (hey, isn't that one in the knit cap Robin Williams?) with Marianne interpreting the story into French. The fishermen aren't to happy about all of this--their beloved Bertraine is dead and his traitor daughter is telling an incredible story about 5000 POWs needing to be picked up by the fishermen. She finally goes to them, one by one, speaking to each with teary eyes about happy things they all did together before the war. Soon, a fisherman has whipped out his accordian, and she is leading a sing-along that puts their hearts back into the right place. Everything is now in place, the cool narrator tells us: the meetings are over, the explosives are set to blow, and the POWs are ready to make their last march from the prison grounds. This is a fairly good scene of the troops being led out of the camp, lots of extras here (though their uniforms seem a bit new and clean, considering they spend all of their time cleaning up rubble and repairing the The Rat Patrol are watching from a distance, and Troy asks the others if they are sure the explosives were set to blow at exactly 6:14. Hitch replies, "Who was there, Sarge, you or me?" Yep, this may be an ambitious, 3 part story arc that was made into a feature film, but it's still the same ol' guys that we know and love. The explosives go off at the exact designated time, and the prisoners break across the beach. The Rats gun down German guards while some prisoners stop to hand out the weapons hidden on the beach. More German guards stream from the camp as a huge firefight breaks out. The Germans have wheeled-up some heavy weapons, but the majority of the prisoners make it to the water and start swimmimg for the waiting fishing fleet (looks like there are about 20 boats out there, so they'll need to fit about 250 men on each one. Hey, it worked at Dunkirk!) With all of the surviving POWs making it out to the boats, the Rats head for the water themselves. Marianne is waiting for Hitch and gives him a big hug; unfortunately, a stray bullet brings a quick end to this affair and she dies in his arms. The episode ends with the Rat Patrol back with their jeeps on a beach, and Hitch says a few parting words to the ocean in memory of Marianne. Then, off into the horizon they go. These three spisodes were combined to make a feature-length movie called
Massacre Harbor;. As far as I know, the movie is not available on disk, and little info exists in regards to it. The IMDB contains incorrect info, such as it being made from 2 episodes (it was obviously made from 3) and that it was a made-for-TV movie. I'm certain it was a theatrical film, and not made for TV, because I have seen the posters and lobby cards for the film in English. Apparently, the movie didn't do very well, and is now a lost curiosity. It would be interesting to see, because it certainly contains extra footage not shown in the time constraints of the TV shows (all put together, the 3 TV shows run just over 60 minutes, and the feature film surely ran at least 80 to 90
As far as the TV epiodes themselves go, they were all very good, for reasons I have already discussed, and build to a satisfying conclusion. On a technical level, they are a bit subpar; it's hard to tell when it is supposed to be night, for example (and this certainly must have stood out badly when presented in the more-unforgiving theater experience) But for episodic television, this is very good stuff.
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