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The Battle of El Alamein (1969)

La battaglia di El Alamein (original title)
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 Giuseppe Addobbati ... Gen. Georg Stumme
Ira von Fürstenberg ... Marta (as Ira Furstenberg)
Sal Borgese 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 !

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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The Italian Point Of View
23 September 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of these days the Battles of El Alamein, first and second, will get an epic film like The Longest Day, worthy of the sacrifice of the men who fought it. La Battaglia di El Alamein concentrates on the second battle which comes after Claude Auchinleck was replaced as Eighth Army Commander by Bernard Law Montgomery. English actor Michael Rennie whom I never would have chosen to play Montgomery is the only name the English speaking world will recognize from this cast. Funny thing is that a year earlier Rennie played American Fifth Army commander Mark Clark in The Devil's Brigade and Rennie actually even looks a bit like Clark. In fact I'm not sure his voice was used for Montgomery, it didn't sound like him.

The film is thrown together with some stock footage of other and better war films and it tells the story of El Alamein from the Italian point of view. Poor dubbing doesn't help matters either.

The Italians were there at El Alamein, but it seems as though Mussolini sent his troops in without any armored transport, so when Erwin Rommel orders the retreat of the Axis forces, the Italians had no way to get out of harm's way. Not that the Germans really cared because if that was the case they could fight a rear guard action. Some did and some didn't and this story centers on a small group of soldiers who did not.

As a historical side note La Battaglia di El Alamein does serve a useful purpose. But the film is hardly worthy of the story it tells let alone of the scope of the battle itself.


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