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Release Date:
28 October 1959 (Italy) See more »
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Tagline:
The Great War is hell at its hottest...men at their mightiest...the screen at its greatest!
Plot:
The Italian Army fought against the Austrians during World War I. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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one of the best movies ever See more (12 total) »

Cast

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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
(in alphabetical order)
Agenore Incrocci  writer
Mario Monicelli  writer
Carlo Salsa  consultant writer
Furio Scarpelli  writer
Luciano Vincenzoni  story and screenplay

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
Nino Del Fabbro .... voice dubbing: Bernard Blier
Silvana Mangini Colizzi .... continuity (as Mangini Silvana)
Ferruccio Amendola .... voice dubbing: Tiberio Murgia (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"La grande guerra" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
137 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Referenced in 1960 (2010)See more »

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26 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
one of the best movies ever, 4 June 2002
Author: roberto dandi from Rome, Italy

Monicelli is another genius and poet of the Italian cinema. We can only bless him for the long list of masterpieces he created for all of us: I soliti ignoti, Guardie e ladri, L'armata Brancaleone and of course La Grande Guerra. Two cowards, one from Rome (Sordi) the other from Lombardy (Gassman) try to save their lives during one of the most tragic moments (for Italy) of the WWI (the defense on the river Piave). While in some parts the film is truly a blame against the horrors of war, in other parts is somehow patriotic. Even the tragic final changes the protagonists into heroes, but really a strange kind of heroes, very different from the American icon (muscles and bravery). In conclusion, you will find a lot of fun but also thoughtful moments. I beg everyone who read this message to see this movies, it's truly one of the best ever.

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