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The Great War (1959)

La grande guerra (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, War | 28 October 1959 (Italy)
The Italian Army fought against the Austrians during World War I.

Director:

Mario Monicelli

Writers:

Agenore Incrocci (story and screenplay) (as Age), Furio Scarpelli (story and screenplay) (as Scarpelli) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alberto Sordi ... Oreste Jacovacci
Vittorio Gassman ... Giovanni Busacca
Bernard Blier ... Capitano Castelli
Folco Lulli ... Bordin
Vittorio Sanipoli ... Maggiore Venturi
Romolo Valli ... Tenente Gallina
Mario Valdemarin ... Sottotenente Lorenzi
Nicola Arigliano Nicola Arigliano ... Giardino
Livio Lorenzon Livio Lorenzon ... Sergente Barriferri
Tiberio Mitri Tiberio Mitri ... Mandich
Carlo D'Angelo ... Capitano Ferri
Tiberio Murgia ... Rosario Nicotra
Marcello Giorda Marcello Giorda ... Generale
Achille Compagnoni Achille Compagnoni ... Il cappellano
Geronimo Meynier Geronimo Meynier ... Il portaordini
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Storyline

Italy, 1916. Oreste Jacovacci and Giovanni Busacca are conscripted, as all the Italian youths, to serve the army in the WWI. They meet at the recruiting office where Giovanni bribes Oreste in the hope of securing a medical deferment, however the joke is on him when Oreste pulls off a hilarious double cross. Destine to serve as comrades in the same unit, they meet again on the train to the front. Despite the rocky beginning and the stolen money, they become friends and the comedic duo experience everything from blustery sergeants to bureaucratic requisition officers to the war weary lieutenant Hen. While in the village of Tigliano they spend some months in relative peace, and Giovanni attempts to gain the graces (and favors) of overworked prostitute Costantina, who also turns the tables to lighten his wallet. But war also brings with it gruesome sights and harrowing dangers. During the most important battle among Italians and Austro-Hungarians, as the Italians in retreat, Giovanni and ... Written by 1felco

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Captured with raging realism...filmed on a breathtaking scale! The monumental story of the giant men who fought the Great War...and the women who followed them into hell! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 30261 delivered on 16-9-1959. See more »

Connections

Referenced in 1960 (2010) See more »

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the war as it is
6 May 1999 | by Fritte-3See all my reviews

La Grande guerra is a real lucid vision of the war that's because the point of view is moved on two characters of the common people with real emotions and feelings, so their military adventures at first creates a sense of funny but step by step everything becomes more dramatic because the war shows absurdities and contradictions that creates real human destruction. The maximum point is touched at the end. Because of this antimilitary soul in 1959 the movie was a real proof of intelligence.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | German

Release Date:

28 October 1959 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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