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Massacre in Rome (1973)
"Rappresaglia" (original title)

 -  Drama | History | War  -  24 October 1973 (USA)
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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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Father Pancrazio
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Gen. Albert Kesselring
Renzo Montagnani ...
Questore Pietro Caruso
Giancarlo Prete ...
Paolo
Renzo Palmer ...
Giorgio
Duilio Del Prete ...
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Dennis Burgess
Guidarino Guidi ...
Guido Buffarini-Guidi
Douglas Hare ...
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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 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 Police Battalion Bozen is shown in the film as a Waffen-SS formation, complete with full SS uniforms and insignia. In reality, this unit was a German Police unit and its members wore regular police uniforms and were not considered part of the Waffen-SS. See more »

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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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Excellent, but very dry, war drama
16 January 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I like this movie because of its accuracy and the excellent acting of the main cast, and also of the supporting characters. The film is very dry though, and slow, and presumably not meant as pure entertainment. It is, in my view, a more or less accurate depiction of what happened, not a star vehicle for the brilliant actors Richard Burton (Lt. Col. Herbert Kappler) and Marcello Mastroianni (Father Pietro Antonelli). John Steiner is also superb as Col. Dollmann.

This is not a film for thrill-seekers. It is a film for those who enjoy good acting, direction and historical accuracy. The main actors were serious artists, and I am sure they were very happy to participate in this well-crafted, very structured and chilling account of the German occupation of Rome. I give it 8 out of 10 stars, and that's me being conservative.


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