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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Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA)  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Wesley Snipes was originally cast in the film, but was forced to drop out due to pending tax-evasion charges. See more »


Many of the German soldiers carry K98k rifles that are missing sight hoods and cleaning rods. These parts being missing indicate that the weapons were likely captured and stripped down by the Soviets during or after the war. A rifle in German service would have these parts. See more »


Sergeant Bishop Cummings: Girl, let me trim your garden.
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Great Story, But Execution Could Have Been Better
28 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Let me begin by saying that this movie was okay. But it could have been way better.

The story itself is great and kept me interested until the end, but it's execution could have been much better. Throughout the movie, some of the acting ranged from good to bad to downright lame. Jon Turturro's cameo as a detective was extremely disappointing, for instance. The acting picks up when the flashback begins, but every so often it rockets down.

The battle scenes were, for lack of a better word, comical. They were over the top and stereotypical of any other war movie, complete with bodies being flung from explosions in an exaggerated fashion and people sobbing over amputated rubber limbs.

The characters were all over the place on the sympathy scale. Stamps and Trey (or is it Train?) elicit plenty of sympathy, whereas Bishop and whatever the girl's name was only brought out anger from me.

The worst part of the movie is the editing, though. Some of the battle scenes are choppy, and there are entire cuts to different scenes for split seconds that we could have done without (they serve no purpose whatsoever).

My biggest problem was the stereotypical racism of the white characters in the movie. The only American white people in the movie are shown as black-hating jerks who's ignorance leads them to destruction.

Overall, the movie was good. Not amazing, not great, definitely not a masterpiece, but it wasn't terrible or bad or crappy. It was a great story, but it could have been executed much better.

6.5 Stars.

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