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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. See more »

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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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El secreto de Santa Vittoria  »

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Trivia

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 »

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: 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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"There is No Wine" Says the Town Drunkard/Mayor; Wonderful Underrated Film
11 January 2006 | by (Oakland, CA) – See all my reviews

The book that this movie is based was one of the biggest best-sellers of the 1960's by the author of "The Great Imposter" (also adapted into a movie starring Tony Curtis). The book was hailed by one critic as giving a sense hope in a crazy world. And that's what this story is about, a kind of modern David and Golliath. Or maybe the town-drunkard-turned-mayor versus Nazi Germany.

The village of Santa Vittoria is no Rome. It's just a small town in Italy where the townspeople live very simple lives. They would be almost destitute except for one small commodity they all share: the town makes and exports wonderful wine to all parts of the world. They may not make as much as Mondavi, but it's a good living. Now, it's War World II, and the Germans have infiltrated the town. Not because they love the small-town folk of Santa Vittoria and want to protect them. They want their world-famous wine to help finance the war. But of course, the townspeople are dependent upon the wine for their livelihoods. So Anthony Quinn, perfectly cast as the town drunkard who ends up mayor, comes up with a plan. They give the Germans some of the wine and insist that they have given all the town possesses.

Hardy Kruger as the German officer in charge of the operation is unconvinced. They seemed too happy and too willing to give up their wine. He knows the townspeople are hiding more wine, and he will use all means at his disposal to retrieve every last bottle. The cat and mouse game is on! Can a bunch of simple-folk led by their clownish mayor in rural Italy outwit the likes of the German army? I vastly underrated movie that is mostly hilarious from beginning until end. There are a couple of references to torture but mostly it is quite a fun plot. Will Anthony Quinn and the town through sheer determination wear down the stubbornness of Hardy Kruger and the Germans, who seem absolutely relentless in their conviction that more wine exists? And now out on DVD!

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