IMDB description: "War is Hell... especially NAM. A group of battle weary soldiers in Vietnam are trapped behind enemy lines. There is no way back. No help on the way. It's only a matter of time and these guys intend to "Die Fighting" Bo Svenson and Peter Hooten together again (Inglorious B*stards) join the Late, great Werner Porchat (as a part-time drag queen commando) in this explosive Italian commando film."
Only the prologue takes place in Nam. Only one guy is left behind and by the time the actual plot starts he's in South America, where most of this films takes place. The above description is also on Amazon Prime. Maybe the guy who wrote it watched the first five minutes of the film, then thought it was over. I kind of wish I'd done that.
Bo Svenson is the Sarge suffering from guilt after leaving his mate Danny behind in the bush, and years later he's hitting the sauce and getting into trouble with the missus. Once he discovers that Danny has been kidnapped in the Caribbean and taken to South America with a load of ex-POWs, he gets his old team together and decides to get Danny back. Now, I'm not sure if the Vietcong released Danny and the others and they just remained together as a group, or the terrorists in South America had a deal with the Cong. It's not the only thing that happens here that makes no sense.
Bo grabs mate Peter Hooten (married, has sick kid), Mark (runs a casino, in trouble with the Mafia) and Werner Pochatch (who is being forced against his will to be a drag queen and sex slave for a local warlord!) and they all head out to wherever this film takes place. Unluckily for them Major Martin Balsam in on their tail, ready to kill them for....some reason. Both Svenson and Balsam are dubbed by other people, and that doesn't help either.
By this point I was thinking the perhaps the slow pace of the film was leading up to a balls-to-the-wall last hour of violence and huts exploding, but then the film dragged on even more. The lads do finally make it to the island where the hostages are being held, but even then they kind of run out of fuel, have to steal a truck, have a discussion about stealing a boat, and then, then, only Bo Svenson heads to the compound to free the prisoners.
(Spoiler coming up, if anyone cares) - Turns out Danny hated everyone for leaving him behind so much that he turned his back on America and became a communist. He's the head of the terrorists and hates Bo Svenson, at least until a grenade blows him up, wipes out his memory of the last ten years, whereupon he joins the good guys, thinking that he's been rescued in Nam! If only the rest of the film could have been that stupid. Didn't Tonino Valeri make the kick buttock Western The Price of Power? What happened here?
Not action packed, stupid or nonsensical enough to be a great eighties Italian war film, Brothers in Blood kind of meanders along for most of its short running time. There also looks to be dialogue scenes missing here and there, as if some guy try to make it less boring. And failed.
I did like the 'what happened to the characters' bit at the end. Nice and pointless. Still, where else would you see Werner Pochatch in drag?