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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

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 straight inland their commanding officer decides to dig in. A battle-hardened war correspondent borrows a jeep and drives to Rome and back without meeting any German forces, but his report on this absence of the enemy is discounted. By the time it is finally decided to make a move the Germans have arrived in strength and a prolonged and bloody fight ensues. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Based on true events. On January 30, 1944, about a week after the initial landing, two battalions of Rangers did indeed try to infiltrate German lines and take Cisterna. They did in fact walk into a trap. All but a few of the 700-odd men (Earl Holliman's character and Robert Mitchum's character both cite the number '767') involved were killed or captured. 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 »

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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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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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Anzio is a weird film. Made at the height of the Viet-Nam War, it's clear this Italian film is trying to be anti-war. Robert Mitchuim, who looks like he hadn't slept for a month, and was on a week-long drinking binge, rambles on about the waste of war. He sounds like a drunk at a upscale cocktail party. Yet, the movie also uses the basic Hollywood heroics to attract the viewing public. The sniper shoot-out is done realistically and is somewhat exciting. Aside from that, the film is way to talkative, way too long, and the action in general is dull.

The best thing about this movie are the performances of Mark Damon and Reni Santoni as two U.S. Army Rangers. Peter Falk was stereotyped with this type of anti-establishment role in the late 1960s and played the exact same role in Castle Keep. Falk also looks beat, drunk, and bored. Arthur Kennedy and Robert Ryan are totally wasted and it's clear they were hired for their names. Earl Holliman gives a modest performance.


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