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The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)

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

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Bombolini
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Rosa
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Caterina
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Capt. von Prum
Sergio Franchi ...
Tufa
Renato Rascel ...
Babbaluche
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Fabio
Patrizia Valturri ...
Angela
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Luigi
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Vittorini
Gigi Ballista ...
Padre Polenta
Quinto Parmeggiani ...
Copa
Carlo Caprioli ...
Giovanni Pietrosanto
Francesco Mulé ...
Francucci
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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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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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and language | See all certifications »
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27 February 1970 (Finland)  »

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Producer-director Stanley Kramer said of this film in his autobiography "A Mad, Mad, Mad Mad World: A Life in Hollywood": "I envisioned the picture as a celebration of principle and resistance as, led by their bibulous and colorful mayor, Anthony Quinn, the townspeople refuse to knuckle under to their oppressors. I wanted the story to represent one town's indomitable spirit". See more »

Quotes

Italo Bombolini: It's nice to have a hot meal before you die.
Rosa Bombolini: You aren't going to die.
Italo Bombolini: I'm the mayor, no? The Germans come. I greet them. They threaten me! I spit in their face! They put a pistol to my head and blow out my brains!
Rosa Bombolini: Why would they put a pistol to your head? The whole world knows Bombolini's brains are in his ass.
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The Song of Santa Vittoria (Stay)
Music by Ernest Gold
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Sung by Sergio Franchi
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A great mix of tense drama and comedy
8 June 2001 | by (Reading, England) – See all my reviews

This was the last film I saw with Anthony Quinn before his recent death, his performance is similar to that of his most famous role, Zorba the Greek, but not quite as good. He is often over the top playing the dirty town drunk finding himself elected Mayor but you gradually find yourself loving him as his character bounces off the excellently cast Hardy Kruger as the leader of a German platoon who settle in the small Italian town of Santa Vittoria during World War II. As the film centres upon the hiding of one million bottles of wine from the Germans there is great mix of tense drama and comedy with a reliable supporting cast including a very young Giancarlo Giannini, more recently seen as the Italian detective in Hannibal. Enjoyable Sunday afternoon entertainment.


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