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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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El secreto de Santa Vittoria  »

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Set constructions for this movie by the film's art department in the Italian township of Anticoli Corrado included just a few constructions. Producer-director Stanley Kramer said of this in his autobiography "A Mad, Mad, Mad Mad World: A Life in Hollywood": "Architecturally, the contours and dimensions of the square and the adjoining streets, made me settle on this town. The art department added a bell tower, one single facade, and a water tower for one particularly funny (and it turned out, dangerous) scene". 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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it's the only one movie I ever worked in!
19 July 2003 | by (Anticoli Corrado, Italy) – See all my reviews

Think you just turned 10 in a very small and provincial little village in the outskirts of Rome when one day of June 1968 the "AMERICANI" litterally take possession of the place. The only thing you know is they have chosen the place, ANTICOLI CORRADO, as a set for the latest Stanley Kramer's movie. Most of the peasants will work in it (average pay 5,000 Lira of those day, about 25 Euros nowdays), some of them will get big money for big troubles: the innocent place will never be the same eversince. Yet, even 35 years later, we Anticolani of those days still watch the movie with unlimited joy and endless nostalgia!!!


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