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Anzio (1968)
"Lo sbarco di Anzio" (original title)

 -  Drama | History | War  -  24 July 1968 (USA)
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One of WWIIs bloodiest battles as the Allies smash through the German lines which have enclosed the Anzio beachhead. Four months and 30,000 casualties before the Allies finally march to Rome.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dick Ennis (war correspondent, International Press)
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Cpl. Jack Rabinoff
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General Carson
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Platoon Sgt. Abe Stimmler
Mark Damon ...
Wally Richardson
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Maj. Gen. Jack Lesley
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Pvt. Movie
Joseph Walsh ...
Doyle
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Pvt. Andy
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Pvt. Cellini
Anthony Steel ...
Gen. Marsh
Patrick Magee ...
Gen. Starkey
Arthur Franz ...
Maj. Gen. Luke Howard
Tonio Selwart ...
Gen. Van MacKensen
Elsa Albani ...
Emilia
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Storyline

Allied forces land at Anzio unopposed but instead of moving straight inland their commanding officer decides to dig in. A battle-hardened war correspondent borrows a jeep and drives to Rome and back without meeting any German forces, but his report on this absence of the enemy is discounted. By the time it is finally decided to make a move the Germans have arrived in strength and a prolonged and bloody fight ensues. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Where the end of World War II began. See more »

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Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 July 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Anzio  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Location filming for this movie was conducted in and around the environs of Rome, Italy. See more »

Goofs

Toward the beginning of the film, Cpl. Jack Rabinoff (Peter Falk) is in the back of a Red Cross ambulance with three prostitutes. Rabinoff grabs a shoebox-sized box labeled "Hershey's Milk Chocolate Multi Pack" with a "1968 design" of the Hershey logo. One of the prostitutes reaches into the box and pulls out a "1968 design" box of Brach's Milk Chocolate Stars. In addition to the two anachronisms, Hershey's and Brach's are two separate companies. See more »

Quotes

Dick Ennis: [attending to Rabinoff who went into sudden convulsions] Look, fellows, I think he can use the air more then the company, okay? Anything anybody can do?
Cpl. Jack Rabinoff: No, unless you have a band-aid.
Dick Ennis: Very funny.
Cpl. Jack Rabinoff: Oh, it's murder. The stomach, you see? A Japanese grenade ripped my insides. Got medal in there. Under tension it contracts and all hell breaks loose. I must have been tense.
Dick Ennis: Good thinking. You belong in a hospital, not in a war.
Cpl. Jack Rabinoff: Yeah, that's what they said when they sent me home.
Dick Ennis: You mean you got out,...
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Connections

Referenced in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Bye Bye Blackbird
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by Rabinoff with the prostitutes in the ambulance and with the girl in the house
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Unconvincing war movie
19 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

The Allied invasion of Anzio,which took the Germans totally by surprise,is the background for this war movie.Because of extreme caution on the part of the Allied commander (Arthur Kennedy)the invasion became a big military failure. The plot concentrates on a small group of men trying to survive behind enemy lines after their platoon had been almost totally wiped out by the Germans.

A totally unconvincing war movie,which is surprising considering the people involved in it. The acting is bad.Robert Mitchum seems to utter his lines as if he was reading a boring book.The dialogue is childish and typical macho-stuff,but there are a few action scenes that are well staged.


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