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El Alamein - The Line of Fire (2002)
"El Alamein - La linea del fuoco" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  8 November 2002 (Italy)
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War seen through the eyes of Serra, a university student from Palermo who volunteers in 1942 to fight in Africa. He is assigned to the Pavia Division on the southern line in Egypt. Rommel ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Paolo Briguglia ...
Pvt. Serra
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Sgt. Rizzo
Luciano Scarpa ...
Spagna
Emilio Solfrizzi ...
Lt. Fiore
Thomas Trabacchi ...
Capt. De Vita
Sergio Albelli ...
Lt. Sforza
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Tarozzi
Antonio Petrocelli
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Capt. Medician
Roberto Citran ...
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The General
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Fabio Ferri
Simone Spinazze ...
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War seen through the eyes of Serra, a university student from Palermo who volunteers in 1942 to fight in Africa. He is assigned to the Pavia Division on the southern line in Egypt. Rommel and the Axis forces are bogged down; it's October, the British prepare an offensive. At first, boredom, heat, hunger, and thirst bedevil the Italians; then the Brits attack, and there's no luck or heroism in death. Finally, it's retreat in confusion. Serra, his sergeant Rizzo, and his lieutenant Fiori take a last walk toward home. It's said that each soldier gets three miracles; when Serra's are used up, what then? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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North African WWII as seen from "the other side"
21 February 2008 | by (Almere, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

No heroism. No victory in the end. Only the uneasy feeling of the omnipresent heat, the lack of anything else required for whatever war you're fighting and a growing feeling of despair. Yet the story touched me because it was brought in a way that made it quite believable. The optimistic student who goes to war in the belief that the Italian army will be in Caïro in no time at all, because he believed the public opinion and the promises of Il Duce back home like everybody else did. I must hereby add, that that feeling of believing the story was very much fed by the fact that in my opinion the director and his camera crew knew exactly what they were doing and I also would like to give a big compliment to the casting people. Maybe over the years I have seen better war movies, but not many and certainly not from Italy.


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