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The Garden of Redemption (1997)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | TV Movie 25 May 1997
A priest struggles with his religious beliefs as he sees his countrymen murdered in Nazi occupied Italy and as he becomes attracted to a woman operating in the resistance.

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(short story) (as Anthony DiFranco), (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marta Amaro ...
Adrianas Granddaughter
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Don Paolo Montale
João Arouca ...
Porter in Modena Station
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Adriana
Rui Pedro Cardoso ...
Partisan
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Capt. Zito
Manuel Castro e Silva ...
Renata's lover in cafe
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Nazi commandant
Brad Cherry ...
American paratrooper
Jorge Sanz ...
Aldo
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American OSS officer
Diogo Lagoa ...
Boy on train (as Diogo Costa)
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Mayor of Vaiano
Carla Cruz ...
Aldo's sister
Carlos Curto ...
Partisan
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A priest struggles with his religious beliefs as he sees his countrymen murdered in Nazi occupied Italy and as he becomes attracted to a woman operating in the resistance. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Drama | War

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Rated PG-13 for war violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »
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25 May 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Erotas kai polemos  »

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1.33 : 1
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Aldo: I'm like a fox! They'll never catch me!
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WW2 story of callow priest caught up in something beyond his capabilities
19 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Saw this film the other night on BBC 1. It was timed for transmission shortly after an episode of "Without a Trace" being screened on Channel 4. As Anthony LaPaglia was the starring role in the film and the TV show it made for an interesting comparison. In the event LaPaglia was in sensitive mode in both, which though he is admirably capable of chewing up the scenery as good as Al Pacino, that he didn't, instead investing the characters with warmth and an amazing depth of feeling, just served to indicate what an excellent actor he is(see "Without a Trace - Malone v. Malone" for comparison). The film in question was good, and very understated, much to its credit. The cinematography was beautiful. The acting by all the cast was good throughout. Though this kind of story (priest suffering a crisis of conscience) has been done before I don't think I have ever seen a version of this theme executed in such a restrained yet tender manner. For this the credit must go equally to the scriptwriter and the wonderful sense of callowness mixed with sensitivity with which LaPaglia endowed the role of Don Paolo.


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