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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 ... Gen. Bastico
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 !

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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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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Connections

Edited into The War Devils (1969) See more »

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An Italian war film with heart
17 February 2004 | by leagueofstruggleSee all my reviews

Usually Italian films of the 60's, 70's, and 80's are considered sub par products primarily made for export to foreign markets. In many cases the WWII film followed the same formula. Take the plot of The Dirty Dozen, recycle it, add a trampoline and you have an entirely new and exportable film! (Yes, this is a dig at Cinque per l'inferno aka Five for Hell)

La Battaglia di El Alamein struck me as different in that it focuses on the Italian army rather than German or American as usual for Italian war cinema of the time. The movie shows the Italian forces in a patriotic light. Some may balk at this portrayal as the Italian forces are generally characterized historically as inefficient units dogged by low morale. The movie has a generality of historical accuracy, embellished for cinematic reasons. The British are characterized as cold unfeeling soldiers, no worse than American directors portray Axis forces, though. Perhaps Battle of El Alamein portrays the Italian as a little too brave and heroic but this is the same heavy-handed treatment heroes in American films were given up until recently. The film stands out as an Italian production made for Italy's own populace. In this light any shortcomings can be overlooked. Yes, even miniature remote controlled model tanks that rumble across the desert can be overlooked. An Italian production heads and shoulders above many b-grade counterparts of this time period.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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