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Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  26 September 2008 (USA)
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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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$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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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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