The Biggest Battle (1978)
"Il grande attacco" (original title)

PG  |   |  War, Drama  |  7 February 1978 (Italy)
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How World War II affected the lives of a German family and an American family, both of whom had sons and fathers fighting in the war.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Kurt Zimmer
Annelise Ackermann
Giuliano Gemma ...
Captain Martin Scott
Sean O'Hara
Major Mannfred Roland
Ray Lovelock ...
Lt. John Foster
Aldo Massasso ...
Lt. William McShane
Venantino Venantini ...
General Whitmore
O'Hara's Aide
Ida Galli ...
Sybil Scott (as Evelyn Stewart)
General Foster
Aldo Barberito ...
SS major
Rik Battaglia ...
American commando (as Rick Battaglia)


How World War II affected the lives of a German family and an American family, both of whom had sons and fathers fighting in the war.

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The most awesome battle ever seen!


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7 February 1978 (Italy)  »

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The Biggest Battle  »

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Italian censorship visa # 71521 delivered on 7-2-1978. See more »


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Italian War Epic Without The Italians
22 April 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This film has the unmistakable whiff of tax write off about it and I can't believe the non-Italians in this Italian made World War II film weren't doing this one for nothing more than a paycheck and a European vacation.

For an Italian film you would think Italy would be mentioned somewhere in this story. The climax of the movie is the battle for Tunisia where the Italians had a lot of soldiers. The battle scenes are merely stock footage from other and better films.

The only tie in this whole story is a meeting in Berlin of retired army general Henry Fonda, war correspondent John Huston, German-Jewish actress Samantha Eggar and German major Stacy Keach. Meeting at the time of the Olympics there, the four dismiss the possibility of war.

After that it seems like you're watching four or five separate films all at once. Everyone seems to be just reciting the dialog by rote and hurrying off to do better things presumably. Even Orson Welles who narrates the English language version, can't whip up any excitement in his voice.

It's just another one done for the money.

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