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Director:
Writers:
Sergio Amidei (writer)
Diego Fabbri (writer)
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Release Date:
7 October 1959 (Italy) See more »
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Plot:
Bardone, a petty con man, is arrested by the Gestapo and coerced into impersonating a partisan leader in order to expose another resistance organizer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 13 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Vittorio De Sica ... Bardone AKA 'Grimaldi'
Hannes Messemer ... S.S. Colonel Mueller
Vittorio Caprioli ... Aristide Bianchelli
Nando Angelini ... Paolo
Herbert Fischer ... Sergeant Walter Hageman
Mary Greco ... Vera (the madam)
Bernardo Menicacci ... Prison guard
Lucia Modugno ... Partisan girl
Luciano Pigozzi ... Prisoner
Kurt Polter ... German officer
Giuseppe Rosetti ... Pietro Valeri
Kurt Selge ... Marshall Schrantz

Linda Veras ... German attendant

Sandra Milo ... Olga

Giovanna Ralli ... Valeria
Anne Vernon ... Carla Fassio
Ester Carloni ... Brothel Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Armando Annuale ... Bit part (uncredited)
Gianni Baghino ... Scalise (uncredited)
Baronessa Bazzani ... Contessa Bianca Maria Della Rovere (uncredited)
Peter Boom ... Bit part (uncredited)
Clarissa Corner ... (uncredited)
Lina De Rossi ... (uncredited)
Ivo Garrani ... Partisan chief (uncredited)
Franco Interlenghi ... Antonio Pasquali (uncredited)
Piero Pastore ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Roberto Rossellini ... Man in Gestapo office (uncredited)
Alessandro Tedeschi ... Nazi soldier (uncredited)
Leopoldo Valentini ... Giuseppe Di Castro (uncredited)

Directed by
Roberto Rossellini 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sergio Amidei  writer
Diego Fabbri  writer
Indro Montanelli  novel
Indro Montanelli  screenplay
Roberto Rossellini  writer
Piero Zuffi  uncredited

Produced by
Moris Ergas .... executive producer
Alain Poiré .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Renzo Rossellini 
 
Cinematography by
Carlo Carlini 
 
Film Editing by
Cesare Cavagna 
Anna Maria Montanari 
 
Production Design by
Piero Zuffi 
 
Art Direction by
Piero Zuffi 
 
Set Decoration by
Francesco Ciarletta 
Elio Costanzi 
 
Costume Design by
Piero Zuffi 
 
Makeup Department
Goffredo Rocchetti .... makeup artist
Mara Rocchetti .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Manolo Bolognini .... assistant production manager
Gianni Cecchin .... assistant production manager
Paolo Frascà .... production manager
Carlo Giovagnorio .... assistant production manager
Zeev Havazelet .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philippe Arthuys .... assistant director
Tinto Brass .... first assistant director
Ruggero Deodato .... assistant director
Renzo Rossellini .... first assistant director: second unit
Renzo Rossellini .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Olivio Del Grande .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Filippo Carta .... camera operator
Ruggero Radicchi .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vera Marzot .... costumes: women
 
Other crew
Rosetta Calavetta .... voice dubbing: Anne Vernon (uncredited)
Giorgio Capecchi .... voice dubbing: Giuseppe Rosetti (uncredited)
Maria Pia Di Meo .... voice dubbing: Sandra Milo (uncredited)
Cesare Fantoni .... voice dubbing: Ufficiale fascista interprete (uncredited)
Glauco Onorato .... voice dubbing: Franco Interlenghi (uncredited)
Giovanni Saccenti .... voice dubbing: il prete alla fucilazione (uncredited)
Camille Saint-George .... french adaptation: dubbed version (uncredited)
Giovanna Scotto .... voice dubbing: la madre di Carla (uncredited)
Sergio Tedesco .... voice dubbing: Gianni Baghino (uncredited)
Wanda Tettoni .... voice dubbing: Baronessa Bazzani (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Il generale Della Rovere" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
132 min | USA:129 min | Italy:138 min (Venice Film Festival)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Italy:16+ | UK:12 (DVD rating) | USA:Not Rated
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Trivia:
Italian censorship visa # 30342 delivered on 3-10-1959.See more »
Quotes:
S.S. Colonel Mueller:Italians don't like this war too much.
Victorio Emanuele Bardone:We don't like wars at all.
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Version of Il generale Della Rovere (2011) (TV)See more »

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6 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Uneven, 21 July 2002
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

Vittorio de Sica stars as a petty gambler and con artist near the end of the Second World War. His gambling losses are so bad that he has to swindle friends for money; oftentimes he does so with the promise of freeing imprisoned loved ones (and sometimes he even succeeds at doing so). One swindle goes wrong, and the victim informs the Nazis of what De Sica is doing. Instead of simply imprisoning him, they make a deal: if in prison he poses as General della Rovere, who was killed in an escape attempt, and root out a certain partisan leader, they will pay him off and ship him to Switzerland. De Sica is no great man, but he is also no spy. But, initially, he does what the Nazis tell him to do. This film should probably be much better than it is, but it just lacks the passion of Rossellini's earlier films. Sure, they were overly melodramatic, but I don't think the way to fix them is flatten out all the emotions of the film. Rossellini did make a nearly perfect film after his strictly neorealistic period in Stromboli, and General della Rovere, a decade later, is a huge step in the wrong direction. There are a few excellent scenes, but nowhere near enough. It helps that it ends so well. It certainly hinders the project that the whole swindling part of the film lasts for almost half the film, at around an hour. De Sica's character isn't very consistent between the two halves, either. Blame that on the script, though, because De Sica is generally great throughout the entire film. Sandra Milo, who would later co-star in Fellini's 8½ and Juliette of the Spirits, has a small role. 6/10.

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