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The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)

During WWII in Italy, a wine producing village hide a million bottles from the Germans

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Caterina
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Capt. von Prum
Sergio Franchi ...
Tufa
Renato Rascel ...
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Fabio
Patrizia Valturri ...
Angela
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Luigi
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Vittorini
Gigi Ballista ...
Padre Polenta
Quinto Parmeggiani ...
Copa
Carlo Caprioli ...
Giovanni Pietrosanto
Francesco Mulé ...
Wolfgang Jansen ...
Sgt. Zopf
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Bombolini is a fairly worthless drunk in the small Italian town of Santa Vittoria in the closing days of World War II. When word comes that the Fascist government has surrendered, he climbs a water tower to tear down the flag. He can't get down and someone gets the crowd to chant his name to give him confidence. The Fascist town council hears this and believes that he is the town's new leader. They surrender to him and make him the new mayor. He rises to the occasion and when he finds that the Germans plan to occupy his town and take their wine (over a million bottles) he works out a plan to hide it. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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wine | bottle | mayor | italy | city hall | See All (22) »

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In the beginning there was Bombolini the fool, Bombolini the drunk, Bombolini the joke. In the end there was Bombolini the mayor, Bombolini the hero, Bombolini the beautiful. In between is the secret of Santa Vittoria.

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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27 February 1970 (Finland)  »

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Actor Anthony Quinn was cast in this Euro-set movie based on his well-known screen persona from having starred in Zorba the Greek (1964). However, this time, Quinn was not Zorba the Greek, but Bombolini the Italian. See more »

Goofs

When Tufa the deserter, meets Caterina after being released by the Germans, Caterina places the bread knife parallel to the side of the cutting board. Next shot, the knife is away from the cutting board with the blade pointing away from the cutting board. See more »

Quotes

Italo Bombolini: [Repeated line] There is no wine.
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Soundtracks

The Song of Santa Vittoria (Stay)
Music by Ernest Gold
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Sergio Franchi
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The secret is you found one gem of a movie.
27 March 2000 | by (Phoenix, AZ) – See all my reviews

What a movie. The horror of the second world war was that it destroyed millions of normal people's lives throughout the world. This is just one small village in Italy that has survived Mussolini, but now must face the Germans that are coming to take the only thing they have, their wine. The only thing that stands in their way is the town drunk Bombolini (Anthony Quinn in one of his greatest performances). I don't know if this was based on a true story but I hope it was, this small, delightful movies shows why the Germans could never win the war, because no matter how brutal they were they could not take the soul of people. In one of the greatest lines in movie history, the German Captain, (Hardy Kruger in his best role ever), understands all of this when he cries in the end, "What kind of people are you?". This movie is as good as any book could be and seeing the faces of the villagers makes it all the more real.


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