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17 September 1970 (Italy) See more »
On the Italian/Austrian front during World War I, a disastrous Italian attack upon the Austrian positions leads to a mutiny among the decimated Italian troops. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Mark Frechette ... Lt. Sassu
Alain Cuny ... Gen. Leone

Gian Maria Volonté ... Lt. Ottolenghi
Giampiero Albertini ... Capt. Abbati

Pier Paolo Capponi ... Lt. Santini
Franco Graziosi ... Maj. Malchiodi
Mario Feliciani ... Colonel Doctor
Alberto Mastino ... Marrasi
Brunetto Del Vita ... Col. Stringari
Nino Vingelli ... Wounded Soldier from Naples
Zdravko Smojver
Antonio Pavan ... Lt. Pavan
Emilio Bonucci
Francesco Acampora
Luigi Pignatelli ... Avellini
Spartaco Conversi
Maurizio Mastino
Daria Nicolodi ... Nurse

Bruno Pischiutta (as Mario Pischiutta)
Gianni Pulone ... Wounded Soldier from Rome
Franca Sciutto
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stavros Tornes
William Conroy ... Austrian Soldier (uncredited)
Francesco D'Adda ... Assistant of Colonel Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Francesco Rosi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tonino Guerra 
Raffaele La Capria 
Emilio Lussu  novel
Francesco Rosi 

Produced by
Marina Cicogna .... producer
Luciano Perugia .... producer
Francesco Rosi .... producer
Original Music by
Piero Piccioni 
Cinematography by
Pasqualino De Santis 
Film Editing by
Ruggero Mastroianni 
Production Design by
Andrea Crisanti 
Set Decoration by
Ezio Di Monte 
Costume Design by
Franco Carretti 
Gabriella Pescucci 
Makeup Department
Massimo De Rossi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Donko Buljan .... production manager
Paolo De Andreis .... production manager
Carlo Lastricati .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marco Guarnascheli .... assistant director
Svetislav Pavlovic .... assistant director
Art Department
Tihomir Piletic .... property master
Sound Department
Italo Cameracanna .... foley artist
Italo Cameracanna .... sound effects editor
Vittorio Massi .... sound
Erik Molnar .... sound
Mario Morigi .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Zdravko Smojver .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Josip Akcic .... assistant camera
Francesco Brescini .... electrician
Mario Cimini .... camera operator
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci .... assistant camera (as Gianni Fiore)
Marcello Mastrogirolamo .... assistant camera
Alberto Pizzi .... still photographer
Editorial Department
Lea Mazzocchi .... assistant editor
Music Department
Luigi Urbini .... conductor (as Pierluigi Urbini)
Other crew
Gianna Di Michele .... administrator (as Giovanna Di Michele)
Franca Invernizzi .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Uomini contro" - Italy (original title)
"Men Against..." - International (English title) (literal English title)
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Germany:97 min | Italy:101 min | USA:100 min
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23 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
One of the best war movies ever, 11 December 2004
Author: latinese from Italy

I am a bit of a war movie buff. I am also interested in military history, and W.W.I is one of my specialties, since I even got my PhD with a dissertation on W.W.I narratives. I also discussed Emilio Lussu's novel (Un anno sull'altipiano) Rosi's film is based on. Well, sometime when they make a film out of a novel you love, you may get disappointed. I wasn't. In many points Rosi wasn't faithful to the novel, but hey, that's what screenplays must be. The film is gorgeous nonetheless. What makes me rather sad is the horrible fact that there is no DVD version of this authentic masterpiece of world cinema, one of the most intelligent and impressive war films ever. This is a shame for Italy. Low-level Italian B-movies of the 70s have been made into DVDs, but this film hasn't. It's a real shame.

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