MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 139 this week

Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 14,266 users   Metascore: 37/100
Reviews: 176 user | 149 critic | 31 from Metacritic.com

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

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 15 May 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 06 Jun 2012
 
a list of 23 titles
created 06 Apr 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

Miracle at St. Anna (2008) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Miracle at St. Anna.

User Polls

1 win & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Green Zone (2010)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Discovering covert and faulty intelligence causes a U.S. Army officer to go rogue as he hunts for Weapons of Mass Destruction in an unstable region.

Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: Matt Damon, Jason Isaacs, Greg Kinnear
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Three unconnected Brooklyn cops wind up at the same deadly location after enduring vastly different career paths.

Director: Antoine Fuqua
Stars: Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke
16 Blocks (2006)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An aging cop is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a fast-talking witness from police custody to a courthouse. There are however forces at work trying to stop prevent them from making it.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Bruce Willis, Mos Def, David Morse
Man on Fire (2004)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In Mexico City, a former assassin swears vengeance on those who committed an unspeakable act against the family he was hired to protect.

Director: Tony Scott
Stars: Denzel Washington, Christopher Walken, Dakota Fanning
Smokin' Aces (2006)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a Las Vegas performer-turned-snitch named Buddy Israel decides to turn state's evidence and testify against the mob, it seems that a whole lot of people would like to make sure he's no longer breathing.

Director: Joe Carnahan
Stars: Jeremy Piven, Ryan Reynolds, Ray Liotta
Hostage (2005)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A failed police negotiator turned small town cop, must save the lives of a family held hostage, which draws him into a much more dangerous situation.

Director: Florent-Emilio Siri
Stars: Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak, Serena Scott Thomas
Taken I (2008)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.

Director: Pierre Morel
Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen
Taken 2 (2012)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.

Director: Olivier Megaton
Stars: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace
Vantage Point (2008)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives.

Director: Pete Travis
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, Matthew Fox
Faster (2010)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An ex-con sets out to avenge his brother's death after they were double-crossed during a heist years ago. During his campaign, however, he's tracked by a veteran cop and an egocentric hit man.

Director: George Tillman Jr.
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Maggie Grace
Fast Five (2011)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Dominic Toretto and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to buy their freedom while in the sights of a powerful Brazilian drug lord and a dangerous federal agent.

Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Batman Begins (2005)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his war on crime to free the crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption that the Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.

Director: Christopher Nolan
Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Matteo Sciabordi ...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Omero Antonutti ...
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Some black people will live to tell the Story See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Spike Lee WWII Project  »

Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,477,996 (USA) (26 September 2008)

Gross:

$7,916,887 (USA) (21 November 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Naomi Campbell was originally cast in the film, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

Goofs

The statue head used as a plot device is described in the movie as "white marble". The density of marble is about 160 pounds per cubic foot. Throughout the movie it dangles off the pack of the actor, bouncing off his leg as he walks or runs. Also, the actors cradle it in their lap or on their chest made it clear the object was definitely not made of stone. See more »

Quotes

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

Connections

Referenced in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 22 August 2008 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Vandervoort In Ste-Mere-Eglise
From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack The Longest Day
Composed by Maurice Jarre
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
So much that equals to so little
28 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Miracle at St. Anna" brings up a very interesting point about black soldiers during World War 2, primarily that they were actually there. Sure, Spike Lee wrongly and probably strategically went after Clint Eastwood for not depicting as many black soldiers at Iwo Jima in his two films, but that whole controversy led me to discover things I had not originally thought of about segregated units. And isn't encouraging people to think about race exactly what Spike is all about? Now he's directing "St. Anna" from a screenplay from James McBride (who also wrote the novel), the first movie I recall that focuses on an all black unit during the war. I love hearing stories about a director who puts his actors through a grueling, depressingly miserable boot camp before filming. I think it shows a lot of heart from everybody involved. It also sounds like it worked to their benefit. Advanced word has it that this movie is masterful and destined for some award recognition and after "Inside Man", Lee is already flying high. But you always wonder with Spike. Are you going to get a provocative flick like "The 25th Hour" or are you going to get something long and rambling that doesn't really go anywhere like "She Hate Me?" So can this movie get the audience and the awards, or will it fail on both accounts?

Spike Lee's film has gone from powerful Oscar contender to merciless dud in the course of 2 short days. There is nearly nothing to latch on to in this movie and yet it's jammed full of three hours worth of random material. The bloody battles are there, complete with bullets and explosions flying through the air and limbs being torn from bodies. The racism and bigotry of white America towards black America is alive and well, including one scene where a diner serves German soldiers but refuses to serve coloreds. We get many side characters including a German traitor and a group of Italian revolutionaries. There's a cute sub-plot about the relationship between Private Sam Train and an Italian boy and another subplot where a love triangle arises between Bishop, Stamps, and Renata. And then there is the folklore stuff about "The Sleeping Man." But what's the point of all this? I started thinking about the significance of saving one man or the significance of one picture defining an entire war and how those films by Spielberg and Eastwood (you know which ones I'm talking about) managed to engage us and then I started thinking about this film. Out of all that's happening in Italy, what exactly is it that we're supposed to hold on to here. What makes these soldiers and their story special other than them being black? It all just feels like melodramatic filler to me.

It also doesn't help that the characters seem like types instead of real personalities. Most don't come through as memorable or terribly compelling and you really have to blame the script for giving them such bland characterizations. There's the guy that Derek Luke plays, filled with honor even though he knows America still will not accept him. The guy Michael Ealy plays, a suave but selfish ladies man. And the wide-eyed innocent giant that Omar Benson Miller plays. These actors do what they can with one-dimensional roles but the characters and scenes they're given never allow them to show any range past the very short character descriptions they're given. Laz Alonso is really the only one out of the four who gets to show any real emotional depth, and that's only because of the beginning and ending of the film take place in 1984 and there seems to be a much more exciting and rich opportunity for drama in those few scenes than in any of the two hours spent in the Italian countryside.

And another thing I wondered about this movie was whether it was really trying to be a true to life account of heroism during the war or if it was some kind of over-produced WW2 action film. There were times when I really thought Lee was making a war film reminiscent of "Indiana Jones." One scene that keeps nagging at me is the introduction of a Nazi general, complete with over-the-top ominous score to announce him by composer Terence Blanchard. As the movie gets more soap operatic with betrayals and hidden secrets, this only made that feeling grow more and more. I also didn't care for the movie trying to be funny at certain points, feeling that those moments disrupted the tone entirely.

"Miracle at St. Anna" disappointed me tremendously. I was expecting something along the lines of "Glory" but what I got was something overblown with material and execution but still so short on actual depth or emotional impact. It's not all Spikes fault. A lot of it also has to be laid at the feet of screenwriter James McBride, who really should have showed some restraint when it came to adapting his novel cause 3 hours of this is too much. When you're going to make something that long, it's got to be air-tight (ex. "The Dark Knight) but unfortunately this movie just doesn't hold together at all. So if you're keeping score. Get the red marker out, cross this off your awards list cause its done.


76 of 120 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Another Racist Movie by Spike Lee? motorsoft
So a Nazi hands a black guy a gun (not a joke setup) abutler127
Why does it seem like everyone hates this film? straydogg_ryde_or_die
How Italians viewed their american liberators... greymannn
Better than Flags of Our Fathers. Scarface8890
Did anyone else laugh out loud? ladydizziness
Discuss Miracle at St. Anna (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page