I'd seen this movie on and off on HBO during the early 80s, and never really made the connection between "The Guns of Navarrone" and this film in spite of the prologue and explanation. Reason; different actors are used, and I get that the original cast is too old or too busy to participate in this film, but it's like if you're going to make a sequel, then at least try to get some of the old cast back.
That, and the miniature SFX aren't that good, and personally, as per other reviews on this web site, I just tired of war films featuring Nazis. Again, don't get me wrong. Nazis are bad guys through and through, but it's like the US and the "free world" were not created after beating Nazi Germany. Yet you'd never know otherwise by watching a plethora of ww2 films featuring Nazis.
The Guns of Navarrone was shot on 65mm, and had a lot of local help and talent with an A-list of talent, including Gregory Peck, David Niven, and Anthony Quinn to name but three. But this film has a lot of supporting cast members, and a Harrison Ford who in spite of doing Star Wars, was still not yet a household name.
It's not a horrible film, but is paltry in the production department compared to its predecessor. Again, I don't like movies much anymore in the first place, and to see this production get tacked onto an audience favorite, but to have none of the original cast and given a paltry effort, it really makes me want to give this thing two stars simply for technical competency and nothing more.
But, it's professional enough to warrant an "okay" rating. I hadn't seen it in ages since it was HBO and broadcast TV, so I streamed it again from Amazon. And it's just as half baked and corny as I remember it.