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

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26 September 2008 (USA)  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

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An Unbelievably sloppy mess.
22 February 2009 | by (S. Lake Tahoe, CA) – See all my reviews

Unbelievably sloppy. That sums up this mess of a film. The Buffalo soldiers are a fascinating bunch of men it's a shame that this is the end product. "Saving Private Ryan" tells a great story about men storming the beaches & the liberating Europe & you would hope this would do the follow a similar story. Every time you think this story might move forward into a comprehensible story, it doesn't. I understand that racism was huge, but my god Spike Lee seems to add just a little bit more. This is quite possibly one of the nicest looking bad movies I've seen this year. The dialog is ridiculous & it proves again that a poor script can make a good actor such as Michael Ealy from the excellent show "Sleeper Cell" sound like an idiot. Whoever cast Omar Benson Miller should be fired because he sticks out like a sore thumb in a bunch sore fingers. It's not all his fault, because the absurdity of some of things he is spewing is laughably bad. I'm a WWII history buff although admittedly the Italian Campaign is one of the areas I know the least. You keep hoping that there is going to be some truth & maybe even some information about exactly what might have happened, it fails to deliver a resemblance of anything. Spike Lee needs to get w/the time & stop exaggerating everything. I don't just mean race. It's called a script. The 1st hour of this film could have been cut to 10 minutes MAXIMUM & you would have gotten the gist. Instead you have a rambling & meandering film that you have know idea where it's going & once it's there you can't believe you spent almost 3 hours on nothing! This is a huge misstep & does not do justice to those Men who were involved. I would be ashamed to show this to those that fought in Italy no matter what there color because it's that bad. I love WWII films when they are done well, & you would think I'm being overly critical because of my knowledge of the war but I assure you that you should skip this. Apparently they have yet to do a good film about this subject which is a shame, but maybe someday someone will approach this subject with the seriousness it deserves.


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