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Massacre in Rome (1973)

Rappresaglia (original title)
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In the Nazi occupied city of Rome, an assault on an SS brigade draws retaliation from the military governship. "Massacre in Rome" is the true story of how this partisan attack led to the ... See full summary »

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Father Pietro Antonelli
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Gen. Kurt Maelzer
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Col. Dollmann
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Maj. Domizlaf
Robert Harris ...
Father Pancrazio
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Gen. Albert Kesselring
Renzo Montagnani ...
Questore Pietro Caruso
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Paolo
Renzo Palmer ...
Giorgio
Duilio Del Prete ...
Partisan
Dennis Burgess
Guidarino Guidi ...
Guido Buffarini-Guidi
Douglas Hare ...
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Storyline

In the Nazi occupied city of Rome, an assault on an SS brigade draws retaliation from the military governship. "Massacre in Rome" is the true story of how this partisan attack led to the mass execution of Italian nationals under the orders of SS-Lieutenant Colonel Kappler. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Filmed early in 1973, the film had a limited release in 1975. See more »

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The film portrays General Kurt Mälzer as an impulsive and hardcore Nazi, whilst Herbert Kappler is depicted as a tired worn out man who believes that the fall of Nazi Germany is imminent. In reality, Kappler was a zealous Nazi responsible for hundreds of round-ups, executions, and reprisals, whilst it was Mälzer who was a reserved officer, cautious about implementing harsh policies. See more »

Quotes

Father Pietro Antonelli: I would prefer a world that didn't need protecting.
Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Kappler: And I would prefer a religion that didn't need priests.
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Good, could be better, but really good movie
7 February 2010 | by (Sosnowiec, Poland) – See all my reviews

One of the first movies of George Pan Cosmatos, "Massacre In Rome" is a chilling story of German reprisal for the death of 32 German soldiers in a IED explosion in Rome in 1944. It is decided that for each dead German, 10 Italians must be executed.

Cosmatos was an excellent craftsman, and it shows here. The movie is cold and distanced: both protagonists, disillusioned German officer (Burton) and Italian priest (Mastroianni) are faced with the inescapable fate: Burton must follow his orders and carry on with the execution, while Mastroianni's attempt to make the Pope stop the Germans fails, because the Pope is not willing to get involved.

"Massacre In Rome" has one excellent scene: the briefing where Burton explains to his officers how the executions will be carried out. A really chilling sequence, thanks to Burton's maestry. The somewhat cheesy action sequences somewhat lower the vote. It would easily be a 8.


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