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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!


War | Drama


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


German in Danielle's room: A French whore should work with her hips and not her lips!
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Edited from Battle of the Commandos (1969) See more »

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Average Italian warlike with big name actors and impressive battles
12 May 2009 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

This spectacular movie starts in Berlin during Oympic Games 1936 with the African-American Jesse Owens as champion . There reunites a Nazi officer (Stacy Keach) , a veteran American journalist (John Huston), a famous actress (Samantha Eggar) and an US General (Henry Fonda). Keach gives gifts to the hosts captioning : 'In God we trust' . The group of different nationalities vows to meet five years later but WWII interrupts their lives . Los Angeles 1942 , the upright General incarnated by Henry Fonda is assigned to West Point Academy and his son (Ray Lovelock) takes the ranks to North African campaign . After the action is placed on several locations , as London , West Point, Le Hauvre (France) . Island of Creta , October 1942, an official (Giuliano Gemma) whose mission is to destroy a German installation before being used against the Allied forces . Following the feats about Partisans and a parachuted squadron (led by Giacomo Rossi Stuart) attacking a train (commanded by Helmut Berger) transporting a big German-built cannon (whose scenes are taken from ¨Battle of commands¨). Meanwhile the German actress (Samantha Eggar)for the reason his Jewish origin is detained by SS and Nazi official Berger is enamored to prostitute (gorgeous Edwige Fenech) . Posteriorly , it tells battles in Mareth line March 14, 1943 and Gabes , North Africa , engaging war German Army against British VIII army . There a captain (Gemma) neutralizes a bomb camp and Nazi officer (Berger) impersonates Allied soldier to destroy supplies . Taking place spectacular battles with miniaturized tanks (whose footage is taken from ¨Battle of Alaimen¨ by Giorgo Ferroni and the same producer Mino Loy) .

This is a regularly conceived WWII with action filled , studio character , drama and exciting battles , but nothing special . Packs inaccurate details and an extremely talented though wasted cast make this one of all-time great Italian epic productions though failed . The film contains news-reel documentary , stock-shots vignettes and miniatures , however lost continuity with several cuts and zooms . The battle scenes were shot in desert of Tabernas (Almeria) where in the 60s and 70s were filmed lots of Westerns . Furthermome, a prestigious cast , as Fonda , Eggar , Keach and appears as narrator the great Orson Welles . Numerous Italian secondaries as Jack Stuart , Andrea Bosic , Venantino Venanti , Ken Wood , Ida Valli and Rick Battaglia habitual of Peplum and Spaghetti . The tale was middlingly directed by Umberto Lenzi , he often used the pseudonym Hank Milestone and Humphrey Logan . He's an expert on wartime genre such as he proved in ¨ Desert commandos¨ , ¨Battle of commandos¨, ¨From hell to victory¨, and ¨Bridge to hell¨.

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