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

PG-13  |   |  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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Rapido River was the site of a major assault by the US 36th Infantry (Texas) Division. The attack was repulsed by the Germans with many casualties (143 killed, 663 wounded and 875 missing). Although the 36th Texas Infantry division suffered heavy casualties in the Rapido River crossing, they were reinforced and became a fighting division that was used in the Southern France invasion a couple of days before D-day in Normady. 36th fought with distinction through the Rhone Valley, Black Forest, Alsace Valley and entered southern Germany with many battle honors. Elements of the 442 RCT or Nisei Japanese-American Regiment (The most decorated US Army unit in Europe) were attached to the 36th Infantry Division in Italy, Southern France, and Germany. Elements of the 36th Texas Infantry Division caught the vice-Furher Herman Goring of the Luftwaffe in Bavaria. The 36th infantry Dvision was to be shipped to the Pacific Theater, but the atomic bomb was dropped. See more »

Goofs

All the tanks used on both sides were post war US models in different paint schemes - possibly M-47's as used in the film Battle of the Bulge made 4 years earlier. On the tanks masquerading as German 'panzers' you can clearly see the original Browning .50 cal heavy machine guns (without ammo boxes) on the turret instead of replacing them with WW2 German MG38 or MG42 machines guns. See more »

Quotes

Dick Ennis: [referring to a radio that went dead] Ain't that a bitch? A dumb, dirty stupid useless bitch!
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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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Weird
2 February 2004 | by (Montréal) – See all my reviews

The music in this film is the tip off that something weird is afoot. I mean the cheery 1960s American sitcom style orchestrals. But there's also the singing scene in the back of the truck with Peter Falk. What the ... ? This is a weird war movie. Anyone know 'Kings Go Forth' with Sinatra and Martin? 'Anzio' is the 60s version. Or rather, 'Anzio' is one of the last war movies before filmmakers (in this case, Dino de Laurentiis) clued into Stanley Kubrick. (Better than Kubrick? See William Wyler's 'Thunderbolt'.)

With all this said, the history is right. The Americans could have entered Rome without problem. Their fear of casualties stopped them, leading to worse. The film clearly shows this.

Lastly, I have been to Anzio and walked through the American war cemetery at Nettuno. I smoked a cigarette over the gravestone of one guy - as I usually do in such places - and thanked them all for my right to be there to do it. God knows what they'd think of people today watching such silly war movies.


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