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Anzio (1968)

Lo sbarco di Anzio (original title)
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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H.A.L. Craig (screenplay) (as Harry Craig), Wynford Vaughan-Thomas (book) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Dick Ennis (war correspondent, International Press)
Peter Falk ... Cpl. Jack Rabinoff
Robert Ryan ... General Carson
Earl Holliman ... Platoon Sgt. Abe Stimmler
Mark Damon ... Wally Richardson
Arthur Kennedy ... Maj. Gen. Jack Lesley
Reni Santoni ... Pvt. Movie
Joseph Walsh ... Doyle
Thomas Hunter ... Pvt. Andy
Giancarlo Giannini ... Pvt. Cellini
Anthony Steel ... Gen. Marsh
Patrick Magee ... Gen. Starkey
Arthur Franz ... Maj. Gen. Luke Howard
Tonio Selwart Tonio Selwart ... Gen. Van MacKensen
Elsa Albani 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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Italy | USA

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English | Italian | German

Release Date:

24 July 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anzio See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The meaning and relevance of this movie's title "Anzio" refers to the Battle of Anzio on January 22, 1944 during the Italian Campaign of the Second World War. The Battle of Anzio was an amphibious assault against the Axis allies of Germany and Italy in the Italian regions of Nettuno and Anzio. The name of the World War II military mission that resulted in this combat was Operation Shingle. This operation was aimed at outflanking the German army on the Winter Line and as such allow for an assault on the capital city of Rome, Italy. Operation Shingle was lead by Major General John P. Lucas See more »

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Two different figures are given for the casualties suffered by the Rangers during the ambush - 776 and 767 (+ 7 survivors). See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Movie: An ad, and ad. I'll take out an ad that describes her. Really describes her.
[cups both hands in front of his chest]
Dick Ennis: It'll never work Movie.
Pvt. Movie: Why?
Dick Ennis: [simulates Movie's gesture] Must be a thousand girls in Rome with hands like that.
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Connections

Referenced in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Bye Bye Blackbird
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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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Too bad
21 September 2005 | by cpurvisSee all my reviews

It's a shame that the makers of a movie made about one of the bloodiest battles of WWII chose to make a semi-fictional work. The real story is far more gripping than this movie. Anzio was a four month struggle, which for the Allies, had no rear area. There was nowhere an Allied soldier could go that was out of range of German artillery and planes.

The real battle for Anzio was a true Allied effort with the British and Americans locking in a duel to the death with the best German troops Hitler could put in Italy. It was supposed to break the deadlock of the Gustav line by flanking but was doomed from the start because it lacked sufficient landing strength. True, the road to the Rome WAS uncontested on D-Day, but Kesselring himself said later he would have easily cut off and destroyed any such small force if it extended itself even to the Alban Hills, let alone Rome.

The story of the loss of Darby's Rangers is covered in other movies better; of the 767 Rangers sent on a mission, only six returned. It is but one of many stories of horrific sacrifice of young lives. Further south, in a diversionary mission designed to take pressure off the Anzio landing, the US 36th division lost 1600 men in a single night trying to cross the Rapido river. The British took terrible losses, especially in the German offensive of 18-19 Feb 1944, mainly due to their bad luck of being placed in the line in the area in which Hitler personally chose to concentrate the main German offensive, which came within about 1000 yards of breaking the last line of defense.

Such losses are unimaginable today, yet they were accepted then as the price that must be paid to rid Europe of Hitler.

There are no films that I know of that do justice to Anzio. One would be better served by reading any of the numerous books about Anzio or even reading the write-up at http://www.army.mil/cmh/brochures/anzio/72-19.htm -- it is infinitely more interesting than this movie.


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