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The Battle of El Alamein (1969)

La battaglia di El Alamein (original title)
PG | | Action, Drama, History | 1971 (USA)
June 1942 El Alamein, Rommel Swept towards the River Nile, The fall Egypt and all important Suez Canal seems Inevitable.Italian and German Scouts sweep towards Alexandria. Mussolini Has ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frederick Stafford ...
Lt. Giorgio Borri
George Hilton ...
Lt. Graham
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Marco Guglielmi ...
Capt. Hubert
Ettore Manni ...
Italian Captain
Gérard Herter ...
Gen. Schwartz
Robert Hossein ...
Giuseppe Addobbati ...
Gen. Georg Stumme
Ira von Fürstenberg ...
Marta (as Ira Furstenberg)
Salvatore Borghese ...
Kapow (as Salvatore Borgese)
Enrico Maria Salerno ...
Sgt. Maj. Claudio Borri
Manlio Busoni
Giuseppe Castellano ...
Truck Driver
Mario Chiocchio
Massimo Righi ...
Italian Soldier (as Max Dean)
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June 1942 El Alamein, Rommel Swept towards the River Nile, The fall Egypt and all important Suez Canal seems Inevitable.Italian and German Scouts sweep towards Alexandria. Mussolini Has given Explicit orders that Italy's forces were to reach the city first. Written by LiamDaAussie93

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Trivia

Michael Rennie, playing Gen. Bernard Montgomery, is dubbed by an actor who sounds like neither Rennie nor Montgomery. See more »

Goofs

British troops are led into an attack on Italian positions by bagpipers. But the music being played is not bagpipe music. Instead, organ music is heard. See more »

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Edited into I diavoli della guerra (1969) See more »

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The Italian Point Of View
23 September 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of these days the Battles of El Alamein, first and second, will get an epic film like The Longest Day, worthy of the sacrifice of the men who fought it. La Battaglia di El Alamein concentrates on the second battle which comes after Claude Auchinleck was replaced as Eighth Army Commander by Bernard Law Montgomery. English actor Michael Rennie whom I never would have chosen to play Montgomery is the only name the English speaking world will recognize from this cast. Funny thing is that a year earlier Rennie played American Fifth Army commander Mark Clark in The Devil's Brigade and Rennie actually even looks a bit like Clark. In fact I'm not sure his voice was used for Montgomery, it didn't sound like him.

The film is thrown together with some stock footage of other and better war films and it tells the story of El Alamein from the Italian point of view. Poor dubbing doesn't help matters either.

The Italians were there at El Alamein, but it seems as though Mussolini sent his troops in without any armored transport, so when Erwin Rommel orders the retreat of the Axis forces, the Italians had no way to get out of harm's way. Not that the Germans really cared because if that was the case they could fight a rear guard action. Some did and some didn't and this story centers on a small group of soldiers who did not.

As a historical side note La Battaglia di El Alamein does serve a useful purpose. But the film is hardly worthy of the story it tells let alone of the scope of the battle itself.


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