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The Battle of El Alamein (1969)

La battaglia di El Alamein (original title)
PG | | Action, Drama, History | 1971 (USA)
World war two drama about the 1942 North Africa battle at El Alamein between the Allies and the Axis forces.

Director:

Giorgio Ferroni (as Calvin Jackson Padget)

Writers:

Remigio Del Grosso (screenplay), Ernesto Gastaldi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frederick Stafford ... Lt. Giorgio Borri
George Hilton ... Lt. Graham
Michael Rennie ... Gen. Bernard Law Montgomery
Marco Guglielmi Marco Guglielmi ... Capt. Hubert
Ettore Manni ... Italian Captain
Gérard Herter ... Gen. Schwartz
Ugo Adinolfi Ugo Adinolfi
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Gen. Georg Stumme
Ira von Fürstenberg ... Marta (as Ira Furstenberg)
Sal Borgese ... Kapow (as Salvatore Borgese)
Manlio Busoni Manlio Busoni
Giuseppe Castellano ... Truck Driver
Mario Chiocchio Mario Chiocchio
Massimo Righi ... Italian Soldier (as Max Dean)
Giulio Donnini Giulio Donnini
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Storyline

June 1942 El Alamein: Rommel swept towards the River Nile. The fall Egypt and the all important Suez Canal seems inevitable. Italian and German scouts race towards Alexandria. Mussolini has given explicit orders that Italy's forces were to reach the city first. Written by LiamDaAussie93

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Montgomery's Iron Back 8th Army ... Rommel's Crack Africa Korps ... they met head on and tore the earth apart !

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Battle of El Alamein See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Rennie, playing Gen. Bernard Montgomery, is dubbed by an actor who sounds like neither Rennie nor Montgomery. See more »

Goofs

British troops are led into an attack on Italian positions by bagpipers. But the music being played is not bagpipe music. Instead, organ music is heard. See more »

Quotes

Gen. Bernard Law Montgomery: [addressing his staff officers] I'm taking over command of the Eighth Army. I had best tell you immediately what I think; they'll be no more retreating. I want all the plans for pulling back prepared by my predecessor to be burned. I want all non-operative vehicles returned to the rear lines. No one will be moving out of here. We're staying on, dead or alive, until Rommel surrenders. That's all for the moment.
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Edited into The War Devils (1969) See more »

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Spectacular battles and noisy action by the Italian craftsman director , Giorgio Ferroni
8 November 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The opening prologue states : June 1942, as general Erwin Rommel swept toward the Nile , the fall of Egypt and the capture of the Suez canal seems inevitable . Italian and German advance units raced toward Alejandria . Mussolini had given explicit orders : The Italians must arrive first! . In this one , the Italians and Germans, united in a difficult Alliance , fight the British in the North Afican desert . The Italians are the good guys and the British are the bad guys , including a point blank execution of prisoners . The protagonists are two brothers , a tough lieutenant (Frederick Stafford) and a sergeant (Enrico Maria Salerno) fighting the British military . Furthermore, a brave English lieutenant (George Hilton) and , of course , Erwin Rommel (Robert Hossein) and General Montgomery (Michael Wilding).

This movie gets lots of action , crossfire , gunplay and explosion . The all-star-cast formed by known European actors give decent interpretations . It displays several extras and tanks , in fact , the production wishes thanks the Italian Ministry of defense and the Italian Army general staff for their collaboration in making this film .

The picture is based on the real battles , the true events were the followings : Alamein in WWII are two decisive battles in the western desert , north Egypt , in 1942 resulting in British victory over Axis forces under Field Marshal Erwin Rommel : 1- 27 July 1942 the British 8th Army under General Sir Claude Auchinleck held off the German and Italian forces . Neither side can be said to have won , but the British had the strategic advantage of short supply lines and so could reinforce faster than Germans . 23 Oct-4 Nov 1942 General Bernard Montgomery launched a diversionary British attack in the south , aiming to draw Axis forces into the area so that the main attack in the north could cut two corridors through the extensive minefields , enabling British armoured divisions to pass through and exploit the gaps . Progress was slow however and Montgomery decided to change tactics to fight what he called a 'crumbling battle' constantly switching the main emphasis to chip away at Rommel's front line and keep him guessing. Australian Division attacked along the coastal road , drawing the Axis forces toward them . Montgomery promptly launched a fresh attack further south, forcing the German armour to react in what became a major tank battle . By 3 Nov Rommel had only 30 serviceable tanks in action and on the next day began organizing his withdrawal. He was able to disengage and escape as the British were hampered by heavy rain and shortage fuel .


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