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The Secret of Santa Vittoria -- Anthony Quinn stars as Italo Bombolini, the mayor of Santa Vittorio, a hillside village in Italy, during World War II. When villagers hear that the retreating Nazis will be coming through their town, they hide 1 mil bottles In HD.


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27 February 1970 (Finland) See more »
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.
During WWII in Italy, a wine producing village hide a million bottles from the Germans Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Anthony Quinn ... Bombolini

Anna Magnani ... Rosa

Virna Lisi ... Caterina

Hardy Krüger ... Capt. von Prum
Sergio Franchi ... Tufa
Renato Rascel ... Babbaluche

Giancarlo Giannini ... 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
Aldo De Carellis ... Old Vines
Marco Tulli ... Mazzola
Chris Anders ... Cpl. Heinsick
Peter Kuiper ... Sgt. Traub
Dieter Wilken ... Hans

Karl-Otto Alberty ... Otto
Luigi Bonos ... Benedetti
Clelia Matania
Pippo Lauricella ... Pulci
Carlo Capannelle ... Capoferro
Renato Chiantoni ... Bracolini
Pino Ferrara ... Dr. Bara
Curt Lowens ... Col. Scheer
Tim Donnelly ... Holtzmann
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Valentina Cortese ... Gabriella (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Kramer 
Writing credits
Robert Crichton (novel "The Secret of Santa Vittoria")

Ben Maddow (writer) and
William Rose (writer)

Produced by
Georges Glass .... associate producer
Stanley Kramer .... producer
Original Music by
Ernest Gold 
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Rotunno 
Film Editing by
Earle Herdan 
William A. Lyon 
Production Design by
Robert Clatworthy 
Costume Design by
Joe King 
Makeup Department
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup artist: Italy
Production Management
Luciano Piperno .... production manager: Italy
Ivan Volkman .... production supervisor
Giorgio Zambon .... production manager: Italy
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Franco Cirino .... assistant director: Italy
Ray Gosnell Jr. .... assistant director (as Ray Gosnell)
Art Department
Joe LaBella .... property master (as Joe La Bella)
Ferdinando Ruffo .... set decorator: Italian crew
Italo Tomassi .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Aldo De Martino .... mike boom: Italy
David Hildyard .... sound
Clem Portman .... sound re-recordist
Samuel C. Crutcher .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Danny Lee .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Rodolfo Bramucci .... chief electrician: Italian crew
Giuseppe Maccari .... camera operator: Italian crew
Mazzini Salvatore .... company grip: Italian crew
Piero Servo .... first assistant camera: Italian crew
Editorial Department
Oscar Denenberg .... assistant editor
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
June Foray .... dubbed voice (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and language
139 min
Color (Technicolor)
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The phrase "Santa Vittoria" means "Saint Victoria" and the town of "Santa Vittoria" is named after this Catholic Saint. Due to the Saracen invasions, her relics were sent from the Piceno to Mount Matenano (which is near the town of Santa Vittora) in 827 by Abbot Peter of Farfa.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Italo Bombolini:[a drunken Italo Bombolini yells to the crowd, while sitting on top of the water tower:] What do you want? Go on home. Go on home. Your lunch is ready.See more »
The Song of Santa Vittoria (Stay)See more »


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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Very good Quinn, 3 November 2007
Author: celebes from United States

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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