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Escape by Night (1960)

Era notte a Roma (original title)
TV-PG | | Drama, War | 5 July 1961 (France)
Three allied prisoners, a Russian, an American and an Englishman, attempt to escape with the help of a young couple from Rome.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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British Major Michael Pemberton
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Esperia Belli
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Soviet Sergeant Fyodor Aleksandrovic Nazukov (as Sergej Bondartchoux)
Peter Baldwin ...
American Lieutenant Peter Bradley
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German Colonel Baron Von Kleist
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Don Valerio
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Doctor Costanzi
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Prince Alessandro Antoniani
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Renato Balducci
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Teresa
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Erika Almagià
Giulio Calì ...
Driver of the Fake Nuns
George Petrarca ...
Tarcisio
Carlo Reali ...
Augusto Antoniani
Leopoldo Valentini ...
Sor Alfredo, Porter
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Storyline

During WW2, in Rome , a trio of escaped Allied POWs find themselves in limbo as they try to avoid re-capture and reach their dispersed units. Michael Pemberton is a British Major, Fyodor Aleksandrovic Nazukov is a Soviet Sergeant and Peter Bradley is an American Lieutenant. A beautiful young Italian woman, Esperia Belli, agrees to give them shelter. She knows that despite Italy's efforts to break with Nazi Germany and join the Allies there are some Italians who are Fascist sympathizers and would gladly denounce Esperia to the German authorities. Hiding enemy soldiers or escaped POWs is punishable by death. Esperia hopes to get in contact with the Italian anti-Fascist resistance which could help the three escaped Allied POWs rejoin their respective armies. Until then, the fugitives are stuck in Esperia's attic. Written by nufs68

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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 32106 delivered on 17-6-1960. See more »

Goofs

In the attic, after about 20 minutes, the strings of a harp are briefly touched. However, the resulting sound is not from a harp, but rather from the strings of a pianoforte being strummed. See more »

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Referenced in Cannibal Holocaust (1980) See more »

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Not a patch on il generale della rovere
6 June 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I like a lot of Rossellini, but there is the odd clinker. Here's why:

it's not sure if it's propaganda, documentary or drama, or all three ; it's set in a blackout, so it's more unrelieved grey than black and white; it's largely set in tenement garrets, though some odd scenes elsewhere; there are few attractive compositions, except repeated shots of the Rome skyline; it has national clichés instead of characters: impulsive American, reserved Brit, bad German, good German, bad fascist, emotional Italian etc. ; the characters enter and leave the film almost at random ; the dramatic scenes aren't, they stop and start abruptly and are poorly linked; plot developments seem to come out of nowhere; the interesting things often happen off screen; characters' behaviour is often reckless to the point of incredulity.

Apparently rewritten, screenplayed, edited and scored on the hoof, with a great deal of family involvement,and I'm afraid it shows. sorry for being so negative.


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