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28 October 1959 (Italy) See more »
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Alberto Sordi ... Oreste Jacovacci

Vittorio Gassman ... Giovanni Busacca

Silvana Mangano ... Costantina
Folco Lulli ... Bordin

Bernard Blier ... Capitano Castelli
Romolo Valli ... Tenente Gallina
Vittorio Sanipoli ... Maggiore Venturi
Nicola Arigliano ... Giardino
Geronimo Meynier ... Il portaordini
Mario Valdemarin ... Sottotenente Lorenzi
Elsa Vazzoler ... Moglie di Boradin
Tiberio Murgia ... Rosario Nicotra
Livio Lorenzon ... Sergente Barriferri
Ferruccio Amendola ... De Concini
Carlo D'Angelo ... Capitano Ferri
Achille Compagnoni ... Il cappellano
Luigi Fainelli ... Giacomazzi
Marcello Giorda ... Generale
Tiberio Mitri ... Mandich
Gérard Herter ... Capitano austriaco
Guido Celano ... Italian major
Mario Feliciani
Mario Mazza
Mario Colli
Gianni Baghino
Mario Frera
Gian Luigi Polidoro
Leandro Punturi ... Il bambino
Edda Ferronao

Directed by
Mario Monicelli 
Writing credits
Agenore Incrocci (story and screenplay) (as Age) &
Furio Scarpelli (story and screenplay) (as Scarpelli) and
Luciano Vincenzoni (story and screenplay) and
Mario Monicelli (story and screenplay)

Agenore Incrocci (dialogue) (as Age) &
Furio Scarpelli (dialogue) (as Scarpelli)

Produced by
Dino De Laurentiis .... producer
Original Music by
Nino Rota 
Cinematography by
Roberto Gerardi 
Giuseppe Rotunno 
Leonida Barboni (uncredited)
Giuseppe Serrandi (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Adriana Novelli 
Production Design by
Mario Garbuglia 
Costume Design by
Danilo Donati 
Piero Gherardi (Silvana Mangano's costumes)
Makeup Department
Rino Carboni .... makeup artist
Romolo de Martino .... makeup artist
Production Management
Giorgio Adriani .... production leader
Alfredo De Laurentiis .... production leader
Luigi De Laurentiis .... general organization
Giorgio Morra .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giovanni Fago .... assistant director
Maurizio Lucci .... assistant director
Mario Maffei .... director help
Art Department
Aldo Puccini .... construction manager
Sound Department
Rocco Roy Mangano .... sound (as Roy Mangano)
Bruno Moreal .... sound
Special Effects by
Urbisaglia Gatti .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Silvano Ippoliti .... camera operator
Goffredo Bellisario .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Franco Ferrara .... musical director
Other crew
Silvana Mangini Colizzi .... continuity (as Mangini Silvana)
Carlo Salsa .... consultant
Ferruccio Amendola .... voice dubbing: Gérard Herter (uncredited)
Mario Colli .... voice dubbing: Achille Compagnoni (uncredited)
Riccardo Cucciolla .... voice dubbing: Nicola Arigliano (uncredited)
Nino Del Fabbro .... voice dubbing: Bernard Blier (uncredited)
Turi Ferro .... voice dubbing: Tiberio Murgia (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"La grande guerra" - Italy (original title)
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137 min
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
La grande guerra (1959), 4 January 2012
Author: Martin Teller from Portland OR

A comedy (or perhaps more accurately a dramedy) about two lazy, cowardly Italian soldiers in the first World War. Sordi and Gassman are both terrific, there's some funny bits and touching commentary, and the film is very well shot with realistic battlefields. It's a sharp, humorous anti-war sentiment. I'm a bit at a loss to explain why I wasn't more taken with it. Maybe it was too scattershot, too episodic. While this does sort of mimic the chaos and randomness of war, I never felt like I could settle into the movie. Some event would start to develop and then be over a few minutes later. Then again, I can think of other movies I enjoy that do something similar (M. HULOT'S HOLIDAY) so maybe that's not it. For whatever reason, I didn't get fully engaged with this film, although I do recognize its assets. One of them being the fantastic, and very appropriate, ending.

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