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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 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
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Wally Richardson
Arthur Kennedy ...
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
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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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Drama | History | War

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

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24 July 1968 (USA)  »

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Anzio  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 51479 delivered on 26-4-1968. See more »

Goofs

Two different figures are given for the casualties suffered by the Rangers during the ambush - 776 and 767 (+ 7 survivors). See more »

Quotes

Dick Ennis: [talking on the radio intercom] Hello beachhead. this is Dick Ennis.I'm somewhere in the Alban Hills with the survivors. Sorry to take you away from the gaming table general, but I thought you should know you lost a couple pins off your chart. 1st and 2nd Rangers battalions have been wiped out. Did you read that? Of 767 men, there are 7 survivors left to see the result of one more royal foul-up. but this one's unique. This didn't happen because a general was too reckless. But because a general ...
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This World Is Yours
Sung by Jack Jones
Lyrics by Doc Pomus
Edizioni Musicali "Dino"
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The film ALMOST got me to care.....almost.
2 February 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While the title to this film is "Anzio", it isn't exactly the famous Battle of Anzio. The battle resulted in 30,000 American casualties--so it was a HUGE battle. But, in this film it's only a battle of a few dozen against a few dozen--and it's really not THE battle of Anzio--it's A battle at Anzio! Now this might have worked, but the film really never kept my attention.

The main characters in this film are Robert Mitchum (as a war correspondent), Peter Falk and Earl Holliman. All three are in a group of soldiers who are in the advance of an invasion of American soldiers in Italy during WWII. But what most of the film is is just just seeing these small group of soldiers fighting and dying...and nothing else. You get no sense of who won the battle, why the battle was fought or of the enemy--just faceless folks shooting at each other and folks dying. Despite these talented men in the leads, the film just never amounted to anything but watching guys die.

Curiously uninvolving and not particularly interesting. This film needed a better script and some reason to exist.


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