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Many Wars Ago ()

Uomini contro (original title)
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On the Italian/Austrian front during World War I, a disastrous Italian attack upon the Austrian positions leads to a mutiny among the decimated Italian troops.

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sottotenente Sassu
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generale Leone
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tenente Ottolenghi
Giampiero Albertini ...
capitano Abbati
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tenente Santini
Franco Graziosi ...
maggiore Ruggero Malchiodi
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Colonello medici
Alberto Mastino ...
soldato Marrasi
Brunetto Del Vita ...
colonello Stringari
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Soldato presunto autoferito
Zdravko Smojver
Antonio Pavan ...
Lt. Pavan
Emilio Bonucci
Franco Acampora ...
(as Francesco Acampora)
Luigi Pignatelli ...
Avellini
Spartaco Conversi
Maurizio Mastino
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Crocerossina
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(as Mario Pischiutta)
Gianni Pulone ...
Wounded Soldier from Rome
Franca Sciutto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Conroy ...
Italian Soldier (uncredited)
Francesco D'Adda ...
Assistant of Colonel Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by

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Francesco Rosi

Written by

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Tonino Guerra ... (screenplay) (as Antonio Guerra) and
Raffaele La Capria ... (screenplay) and
Francesco Rosi ... (screenplay)
 
Emilio Lussu ... (novel)

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Luciano Perugia ... producer
Francesco Rosi ... producer

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Piero Piccioni

Cinematography by

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Pasqualino De Santis

Film Editing by

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Ruggero Mastroianni

Editorial Department

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Lea Mazzocchi ... assistant editor

Production Design by

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Andrea Crisanti

Set Decoration by

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Ezio Di Monte

Costume Design by

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Franco Carretti
Gabriella Pescucci

Makeup Department

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Massimo De Rossi ... makeup artist
Sukrija Sarkic ... makeup artist (as Suco Sarkic)

Production Management

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Donko Buljan ... production manager
Paolo De Andreis ... unit manager
Carlo Lastricati ... production manager
Marko Vrdoljak ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Marco Guarnascheli ... assistant director
Svetislav Pavlovic ... assistant director

Art Department

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Tihomir Piletic ... property master

Sound Department

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Italo Cameracanna ... foley artist / sound effects editor
Vittorio Massi ... sound
Erik Molnar ... sound
Mario Morigi ... sound mixer

Special Effects by

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Zdravko Smojver ... special effects (as Smojver Zdravko)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Josip Akcic ... assistant camera
Francesco Brescini ... electrician
Mario Cimini ... camera operator
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci ... assistant camera (as Gianni Fiore)
Marcello Mastrogirolamo ... assistant camera
Alberto Pizzi ... still photographer

Music Department

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Luigi Urbini ... conductor (as Pierluigi Urbini)

Other crew

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Marina Cicogna ... presenter
Gianna Di Michele ... administrator (as Giovanna Di Michele)
Nino Ferrero ... military consultant
Franca Invernizzi ... continuity
Mario Maldesi ... dubbing director
Luciano Perugia ... presenter
Roberto Bertea ... voice dubbing: Brunetto Del Vita (uncredited)
Carlo D'Angelo ... voice dubbing: Alain Cuny (uncredited)
Giancarlo Giannini ... voice dubbing: Mark Frechette (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

In Northern Italy, WWI has turned into a bloody stalemate. Bogged down in their trenches on a barren highland, the men of an Italian infantry division have been given one objective: retake a commanding height from the enemy. Unfortunately, the tactical ingenuity of general Leone, the unpopular division commander, consists of supplementing frontal attacks against machine-guns with medieval fighting schemes. His dispirited troops must be prodded with ever harsher measures into storming the Austrian positions. As casualties mount, indignation spreads amongst the rank and file. Disturbed by the decisions of his superiors, lieutenant Sassu is progressively led to question the purpose of the war and to reconsider where his real duties lie. Written by Eduardo Casais

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Taglines they fought by the rule book ... and died by the thousands ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Godinu dana na visoravni (Yugoslavia, Serbian title)
  • Many Wars Ago (Canada, English title)
  • Many Wars Ago (United States)
  • Men Against... (World-wide, English title)
  • Les hommes contre (France)
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  • 101 min
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Movie Connections Referenced in Unico - Francesco Rosi racconta Gian Maria Volonté (2014). See more »

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