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The Pigeon That Took Rome (1962)

Approved | | Comedy, War | 20 June 1962 (USA)
In 1944, two American spies, posing as priests, infiltrate German occupied Rome to relay information to HQ but can only communicate via pigeons due to the imposed radio silence.

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Cast

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Captain Paul MacDougall / Benny the Snatch / Narrator
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Antonella Massimo
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Sgt. Joseph Angelico
Salvatore Baccaloni ...
Ciccio Massimo (as Baccaloni)
Gabriella Pallotta ...
Rosalba Massimo
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Col. Sherman Harrington
Marietto ...
Livio Massimo
Rudolph Anders ...
Oberst Krafft
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Monsignor O'Toole
Debbie Price ...
Luigina Massimo
Vadim Wolkonsky ...
Conte Danesi (as Vadim Wolkansky)
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Nick Borgani ...
Relative at Easter Dinner
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Maj. Wolff
Bob Gandett ...
The General
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Favio
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Storyline

Charlton Heston stars as an American soldier behind Italian lines in World War II. In order to communicate German movements to the Allies, he uses carrier pigeons fitted with messages. As he grows more and more in love with the daughter of the family he stays with, the father accidentally feeds the pigeons to his family for Easter Dinner. Written by Jeremy Kirk <kirkman316@yahoo.com>

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He came to make war - and she threw in the towel! See more »

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Comedy | War

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20 June 1962 (USA)  »

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Americans Go Home  »

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Trivia

At about the 8:00 minute mark, when Charlton Heston is donning a disguise as a priest he observes that he "looks like something out of the Ten Commandments." Six years earlier, Heston starred in the epic, The Ten Commandments (1956). See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film, SS members use the Wehrmacht (German Army) equivalent ranks when addressing one another.In reality, members of the SS only used their SS ranks when addressing each other. See more »

Quotes

Antonella Massimo: [laughingly] You ate your own Air Force, captain!
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Crazy Credits

'Geronimo II' as The Pigeon Who Took Rome See more »

Connections

Referenced in Le Bonheur (1965) See more »

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Enjoyable relief from "real" war flicks
29 November 2001 | by (virginia) – See all my reviews

I also consider this a sleeper. Found it humorous, well played and well written. Heston as serious soldier on off beat mission. Ilsa Martinelli (far from plains of Africa) as love interest, but not so lovely as big chested actress who plays her sister. Harry Guardino in yet another GI role. Barry Fitzgerald even more typecast as Irish priest. Good character actors for kid and bumptious dad. Great bit by Randolph Anders as Werhmacht Oberst. Worth looking for. Couldn't help comparing this "war" movie with Band of Brothers.


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