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Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

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Set in 1944 Italy, the story of four black American soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII.



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Zana Wilder
Colonel Driscoll
General Ned Almond
Platoon Commander Huggs


Christmas, 1983. A New York postal clerk, a Buffalo Soldier in Italy in World War II, shoots a stranger. In his apartment, police find a valuable Italian marble head, missing since the war. Flashbacks tell the story of four Black soldiers who cross Tuscany's Serchio River, dodging German and friendly fire. With a shell-shocked boy in tow, they reach the village of Colognora. Orders via radio tell them to capture a German soldier for questioning about a counteroffensive. In the village, a beautiful woman, partisans that include a traitor and a local legend, the boy, and the story of a recent massacre connect to the postal worker's anguish forty years later. And the miracle? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong war violence, language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Spike Lee WWII Project  »


Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,477,996, 28 September 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,916,887, 23 November 2008
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2.35 : 1
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Samuel L. Jackson turn down the offer to play as Corporal Hector Negron to work on Lakeview Terrace (2008). See more »


General Ned Almond's Colt 1911 is a post-war gun. The grip medallions are of postwar style. See more »


Livingston: Safety is the greatest risk of all, because safety leaves no room for miracles and miracles are the only sure thing in life.
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References Inside Man (2006) See more »


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From Another Perspective
23 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

Length is a factor for this film, and it's not the normal action driven war film. I was lucky enough to attend the premier in NY and from the perspective of a Cadet at West Point, I would say that I respected this film BECAUSE it "jumped around." It showed all perspectives and that there were people with good intentions on all sides. The bad intentions were included as well, and though it doesn't grab you the entire time, it tells an interesting tale. Sadly, most people don't go to see a war film for this reasons, they all want Saving Private Ryan these days. But that's not what war is always about, and this film shows the other aspects. The black soldiers are each equally representative of varying perspectives that these men had. With a lot of duality also represented, this film leaves a lot to think about if you watch it with the right eye. It seems most people I've talked to have a problem with length and action, but if you don't pay so much attention to that and just enjoy it, you'll find a nice film that takes a different approach.

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