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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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One of the most realistic historical movie. See more (5 total) »


  (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
Franco Acampora (as 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 ... Italian 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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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
One of the most realistic historical movie., 1 July 2000
Author: emilian77 from Italy

About me, this is a masterpiece of the genre.It is a story about the brutality of war, telling the terrible events happened in the Italian front during world war I. Here we have General Leone, a cruel high official that, without any respect of human life, send his men to the slaughter armed only with guns against the austrian-asburgic machine guns. He is an imaginary personage, but is probably inspired to the real existed General Cadorna.He sadly famous for similar behaviors(such as collective executions of his soldiers for insignificant motivations,like for example thefts by an unknown),and for this,after an heavy defeat at Caporetto, he was replaced by much more able and honest General Armando Diaz. All of this represented with heartbreaking realism in this movie, that unlike other similar, prefer the historic accuracy instead that unrealistic heroism.

I have to signal the excellent photography.

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