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The Battle of El Alamein (1969)
"La battaglia di El Alamein" (original title)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, History  |  1971 (USA)
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WWII...1942, There's a savage 12-day fight for survival as the infantry of British Field Marshal Montgomery's Eighth Army fights against German Field Marshal Rommel's fabled Afrika Korps in the windswept Libyan Desert. In HD.

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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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WWII...1942, There's a savage 12-day fight for survival as the infantry of British Field Marshal Montgomery's Eighth Army fights against German Field Marshal Rommel's fabled Afrika Korps in the windswept Libyan Desert. In HD.

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Action | Drama | History | War

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

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The British were using M113 personnel carriers. The M113 personnel carrier was not introduced until some 20 years after the Battle of El Alamein. See more »

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

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An Italian war film with heart
17 February 2004 | by (Hurst, TX) – See all my reviews

Usually Italian films of the 60's, 70's, and 80's are considered sub par products primarily made for export to foreign markets. In many cases the WWII film followed the same formula. Take the plot of The Dirty Dozen, recycle it, add a trampoline and you have an entirely new and exportable film! (Yes, this is a dig at Cinque per l'inferno aka Five for Hell)

La Battaglia di El Alamein struck me as different in that it focuses on the Italian army rather than German or American as usual for Italian war cinema of the time. The movie shows the Italian forces in a patriotic light. Some may balk at this portrayal as the Italian forces are generally characterized historically as inefficient units dogged by low morale. The movie has a generality of historical accuracy, embellished for cinematic reasons. The British are characterized as cold unfeeling soldiers, no worse than American directors portray Axis forces, though. Perhaps Battle of El Alamein portrays the Italian as a little too brave and heroic but this is the same heavy-handed treatment heroes in American films were given up until recently. The film stands out as an Italian production made for Italy's own populace. In this light any shortcomings can be overlooked. Yes, even miniature remote controlled model tanks that rumble across the desert can be overlooked. An Italian production heads and shoulders above many b-grade counterparts of this time period.


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