R.P.M. stands for (political) revolutions per minute. Anthony Quinn plays a liberal college professor at a west coast college during the hedy days of campus activism in the late 1960s. ... See full summary »
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Dick Van Dyke,
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
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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. See more »
The secret, as in this movie's title, The Secret of Santa Vittoria, was that Italian villagers during Nazi German occupied Italy during World War II were able to keep secret from them one million bottles of wine which were hidden underground. See more »
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 »
[Young Fabio has been caught making love to Bombolini's daughter, Angela]
I'm going to punish that boy so that he remembers it for the rest of his life.
[In the next scene, Fabio and Angela leave the church, having just been married]
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I missed the first half hour on Turner last night, but tuned in and was
thoroughly entertained. This is top notch Anthony Quinn- he is
terrific, and the entire cast is excellent. Looking forward to seeing
the entire film now. Unlike another reviewer, I loved his over-the-top
reaction to the German Captain's telling him he wanted the village's
wine. Hardy Kruger, as the captain, gives a nuanced performance that
adds a great deal to the film.
One of the great joys of this movie is the Italian location and extras.
The economics of contemporary movie making rarely allow for true
location shooting anymore, and its too bad. As these films from the 60s
and 70s age, they become increasingly valuable as an historical record.
This movie also has a wonderful heart- it's a celebration of what makes
life worth living. Highly recommended.
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