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El Alamein - La linea del fuoco (2002)

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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Paolo Briguglia ...
Pvt. Serra
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Sgt. Rizzo
Luciano Scarpa ...
Spagna
Emilio Solfrizzi ...
Lt. Fiore
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Capt. De Vita
Sergio Albelli ...
Lt. Sforza
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Tarozzi
Antonio Petrocelli
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Capt. Medician
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The Colonel
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The General
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Carabiniere Avamposto Munizionamento
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Soldato Trincea
Massimiliano Cutrera
Fabio Ferri
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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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The motorcycle which delivers volunteer Private Serra at the beginning and then rescues him at the end is a Moto Guzzi SuperAlce. See more »

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The car wreck where the sniper was hiding is clearly a post WWII Land Rover (a series-II or III build after 1958) See more »

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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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