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The Garden of Redemption (1997)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Drama, War  |  25 May 1997 (USA)
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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.

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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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Aldo: I'm like a fox! They'll never catch me!
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18 October 2005 | by (Oxford, UK) – See all my reviews

What a dull film which only really perked up towards the very final stages. So much more could have been made of this narrative - and there was some decent acting talent on board too: Anthony La Paglia is almost always a stalwart; Peter Firth is generally good value; and Jorge Sanz is a charismatic actor and a big star in his native Spain. However Sanz was woefully under-used here, and the lead female Embeth Davidtz, while undoubtedly a reasonable actress, is best when arch and witty, but is badly miscast here as too soft and winsome.

The plot meandered, the script was lifeless, the actors had assumed horribly phony sounding accents which grated after the first five minutes: this was really was a case of direction-by-numbers. The La Paglia/Davidtz will they, won't they 'romance' was mildly intriguing - carried by LaPaglia who has to grapple with his inner conscience throughout, as he is a Catholic Priest but is clearly very attracted to Adriana (Davidtz). So this gets a 4 for LaPaglia, and for a minor fillip of interest due to a suspenseful and tragic finish.


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