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Italiani brava gente (1964)

Chronicle of the unheralded and unsuccessful invasion of the Soviet Union by the Italian army during World War II.

Director:

Giuseppe De Santis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Kennedy ... Ferro Maria Ferri
Zhanna Prokhorenko ... Katya
Raffaele Pisu ... Gabrielli
Tatyana Samoylova ... Sonya
Andrea Checchi ... Sermonti
Riccardo Cucciolla ... Sanna
Valeri Somov ... Giuliani
Peter Falk ... Medic Captain
Nino Vingelli ... Amalfitano
Lev Prygunov ... Bazzocchi
Grigory Mikhaylov ... Russian Partisan (as Grigorij Mikhailov)
Ivan Paramonov ... German Deserter (as I. Paramonov)
Gino Pernice ... Collidi
Boris Kozhukhov ... Major
Vincenzo Polizzi ... Sicilian
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Storyline

During the summer of 1941, Germany and its European allies invade the Soviet Union. Fascist Italy participates at the invasion. The first trains carrying Italian soldiers arrive in the Soviet Union during grain-harvest season. The Soviet Army withdrew during the initial German onslaught that spearheaded the invasion. The newly arrived Italian soldiers wonder at the size of the Soviet countryside that seems to never end. The soldiers also notice the Soviets withdrew so fast that many fields have not been harvested yet. Fields of wheat, sunflower and corn glow golden under the bright summer sun. The Italians attempt to make friends with the Soviet civilians whom they meet at various stopping points along the way. But the civilians are scared of the invaders and rightfully so. The German troops have already passed through, terrorizing the Soviet populace. The Italian soldiers even try to share their bread rations with the civilians and they try to cheer the Russians up by singing a ... Written by nufs68

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They were damned by fate and dogged by a deadly foe !

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

Italy | Soviet Union

Language:

Italian | Russian | German | Spanish

Release Date:

16 September 1964 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Italiani brava gente See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

The Russian tanks featured in the film are T-34/85's, which were not produced until early 1944, a full a year after the events in this film took place. See more »

Alternate Versions

The U.S. version omits several scenes, such as the first half of the battle on the Don which has the Italian soldiers returning the Russian artillery fire and putting up a spirited resistance for a few minutes. Instead, the U.S. version opens the battle with the Italians already in headlong retreat. See more »

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Very Moving Movie
12 October 2005 | by mack9201See all my reviews

An excellent movie especially if your interest is depicting the horrors of war. No war is ever easy or fun-producing, especially when you consider that the vast number of killed-in-action are from age 18 through age 23. Permanently maimed are in excess of 8 times the number of dead. This movie "Attack and Retreat" seems to depict the German soldiers more monsters than fighting men, and the Russians as gentle and kind - hardly a good description of either. Because of its excellent acting and moving scenes, I rated this movie an 8. It is true that the Italian soldier has been regarded generally as humane. It may be because Italian soldiers have strong family and Catholic values. Also, war is not Italy's strong point or sphere of interest. Too bad that no inference was made as to the many millions of Stalin's own people who were starved to death or killed in his murderous rampages. Of all the war pictures I have ever seen - this movie stands out as one of the most engrossing.


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