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Anzio (1968)

Lo sbarco di Anzio (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, History, War | 24 July 1968 (USA)
One of WWII's bloodiest battles as the Allies smash through the German lines which have enclosed the Anzio beachhead. Four months and 30,000 casualties before the Allies finally march to Rome.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dick Ennis (war correspondent, International Press)
... Cpl. Jack Rabinoff
... General Carson
... Platoon Sgt. Abe Stimmler
... Wally Richardson
... Maj. Gen. Jack Lesley
... Pvt. Movie
... Doyle
... Pvt. Andy
... Pvt. Cellini
... Gen. Marsh
... Gen. Starkey
... Maj. Gen. Luke Howard
Tonio Selwart ... Gen. Van MacKensen
Elsa Albani ... Emilia
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Storyline

Allied forces land at Anzio unopposed but instead of moving inland and north to Rome their commanding officer decides to dig in. A battle-hardened war correspondent borrows a jeep and driver and drives to Rome and back encountering no significant German forces. The report on the absence of the enemy is discounted as the general is concerned about having the strength to hold Anzio and support the offensive. By the time it is finally decided to make a move the Germans have arrived in strength. A US Ranger assault on Cisterna is ambushed with most of the forces killed or captured. A small group of survivors, including the war correspondent, struggle to make their way back to Anzio and report on the German defenses. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Drama | History | War

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Rated PG-13 for war violence | See all certifications »

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24 July 1968 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 51479 delivered on 26-4-1968. See more »

Goofs

When the guy is trying to sell stockings to the soldiers, we can see numerous women rushing towards him, supposedly to look over the stockings, along with numerous children tagging along with the marching band. However, in the following shot, the guy's back is to us and he is still holding out a hand full of stockings to the soldiers calling for them to buy them and there are no hoards of women surrounding him. See more »

Quotes

Dick Ennis: [talking on the radio intercom] Hello beachhead. this is Dick Ennis.I'm somewhere in the Alban Hills with the survivors. Sorry to take you away from the gaming table general, but I thought you should know you lost a couple pins off your chart. 1st and 2nd Rangers battalions have been wiped out. Did you read that? Of 767 men, there are 7 survivors left to see the result of one more royal foul-up. but this one's unique. This didn't happen because a general was too reckless. But because a general ...
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Referenced in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Bye Bye Blackbird
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by Rabinoff with the prostitutes in the ambulance and with the girl in the house
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Weird
2 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

The music in this film is the tip off that something weird is afoot. I mean the cheery 1960s American sitcom style orchestrals. But there's also the singing scene in the back of the truck with Peter Falk. What the ... ? This is a weird war movie. Anyone know 'Kings Go Forth' with Sinatra and Martin? 'Anzio' is the 60s version. Or rather, 'Anzio' is one of the last war movies before filmmakers (in this case, Dino de Laurentiis) clued into Stanley Kubrick. (Better than Kubrick? See William Wyler's 'Thunderbolt'.)

With all this said, the history is right. The Americans could have entered Rome without problem. Their fear of casualties stopped them, leading to worse. The film clearly shows this.

Lastly, I have been to Anzio and walked through the American war cemetery at Nettuno. I smoked a cigarette over the gravestone of one guy - as I usually do in such places - and thanked them all for my right to be there to do it. God knows what they'd think of people today watching such silly war movies.


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