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A Day for Lionhearts (1961)

Un giorno da leoni (original title)
September the 8th 1943, Rome, that crucial day, the armistice, in the town many life change their way. Danilo escapes the fascist enlist, while Michele succeeded to leave his administration... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carla Gravina ...
Gino Migliacci
Nino Castelnuovo ...
Il sergente
Romolo Valli ...
Corrado Pani ...
Franco Bucceri
Bruno Scipioni
Anna Maria Ferrero ...
Valeria Moriconi ...
Moglie di Orlando
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Carlo D'Angelo ...
Il prete
Regina Bianchi ...
Moglie di Edoardo (as Régina Bianchi)
Gondrano Trucchi


September the 8th 1943, Rome, that crucial day, the armistice, in the town many life change their way. Danilo escapes the fascist enlist, while Michele succeeded to leave his administration moving from Rome. On the way to come back Rome the two meets Gino and all together will try to pass trough the Gothic Line (separating Nazi occupied Italy by Allied liberated Italy). They are intercepted by the Germans and find a temporary refugee in an abandoned cellar full of Italian soldier escaping the Germans. Now also an Italian partisan, Edoardo and Orlando are part of the group. Their goal is to bomb an important bridge. But Edoardo is captured and sentenced to death. The three and Orlando decide to bomb the bridge anyway. They will succeed thanks to the sacrifice of Danilo, and Germans will attribute the commando action to American Parachutists, ignoring the bravery of 4 normal Italian citizens. Written by 1felco

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6 September 1961 (Italy)  »

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A Day for Lionhearts  »

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Italian censorship visa # 35420 delivered on 31-8-1961. See more »

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Good movie about Italian resistance in 1943-1944
15 October 2006 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Good Italian movie in black and white, telling a true history of Italian resistance against German and Fascist. The title means "A lions day" ad is derived from a phrase written on a wall during First World War, near the resistance line of river Piave in 1917: "is better to live a day as lion than a thousand years as a sheep". The picture contains many episodes that those who lived these terrible years remember well: mopping up of young peoples, bullying of Germans and fascists, the life of partisans in the worst conditions. The actors do their best, moving the moment when one of the partisan is compelled to shot one of his university companions, in order to avoid the capture.

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