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Anzio (1968)

Lo sbarco di Anzio (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, History, War | 24 July 1968 (USA)
One of WWII's 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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Platoon Sgt. Abe Stimmler
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Wally Richardson
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Maj. Gen. Jack Lesley
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Doyle
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Pvt. Andy
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Pvt. Cellini
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Gen. Marsh
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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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(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

File covering in the shell holes from an earlier battle, the Americans are shown using a dead casualty as cover. Not only do we not see bullets hitting the corpse, but 7.92mm Mauser bullets easily penetrate a human body or even small trees. 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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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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Disappointing
1 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

Another potentially great historic war drama sacrificed on the alter of commercial expediency.

Don't be fooled by the appearance of Robert Mitchum - The Longest Day this is not. Historically inaccurate. Why on earth did the script writers replace Generals Clarke and Lucas with Generals "Carson" and "Lesley"? Were they worried that they would be sued for portraying the real generals as incompetent?

The military tactics were bizarre and very unrealistic. An ambush involving fake straw stacks, and then, rather than opening fire, the Germans tell the Americans to throw down their weapons and surrender. Sounds like a cop movie!

Then, of course, there is the obligatory appearance in a 1960s WW2 movie of 60s vintage American M-48 tanks, masquerading (very unsuccessfully) as both American Sherman tanks and German Panthers / Tigers / Panzer IVs.

The plot even involved Robert Mitchum as some sort of preachy anti- war type, going on in long diatribes about how war is wrong, sometimes to squad members in the middle of gunfire!

Some of the firefight scenes were fairly good though, especially the final one, with the German snipers.

Overall though, very disappointing.


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