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Massacre in Rome (1973)

Rappresaglia (original title)
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Rome, March 23, 1944: 33 German soldiers are killed by a bomb. Lt. Col. Herbert Kappler is ordered to execute ten times that Italians.

Director:

George P. Cosmatos (as George Pan Cosmatos)

Writers:

Robert Katz, George P. Cosmatos (as George Pan Cosmatos) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... Lt. Col. Herbert Kappler
Marcello Mastroianni ... Father Pietro Antonelli
Leo McKern ... Gen. Kurt Maelzer
John Steiner ... Col. Dollmann
Anthony Steel ... Maj. Domizlaf
Robert Harris ... Father Pancrazio
Peter Vaughan ... Gen. Albert Kesselring
Renzo Montagnani ... Questore Pietro Caruso
Giancarlo Prete ... Paolo
Renzo Palmer Renzo Palmer ... Giorgio
Duilio Del Prete ... Partisan
Dennis Burgess Dennis Burgess ... Maj. Dobbrick
Brook Williams ... Capt. Priebke
Guidarino Guidi Guidarino Guidi ... Guido Buffarini-Guidi
Douglas Hare Douglas Hare ... Young German Soldier
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Storyline

In the Nazi occupied city of Rome, an assault on an SS brigade draws retaliation from the military governship. "Massacre in Rome" is the true story of how this partisan attack led to the mass execution of Italian nationals under the orders of SS-Lieutenant Colonel Kappler. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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city | partisan | italian | ss | massacre | See All (30) »

Taglines:

Hitler ordered it. The Vatican wouldn't stop it. The world will never forgive it. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

24 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Hawkins was in the running for the Leo Mckern part. See more »

Goofs

The film portrays General Kurt Mälzer as an impulsive and hardcore Nazi, whilst Herbert Kappler is depicted as a tired worn out man who believes that the fall of Nazi Germany is imminent. In reality, Kappler was a zealous Nazi responsible for hundreds of round-ups, executions, and reprisals, whilst it was Mälzer who was a reserved officer, cautious about implementing harsh policies. See more »

Quotes

Father Pietro Antonelli: I would prefer a world that didn't need protecting.
Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Kappler: And I would prefer a religion that didn't need priests.
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Referenced in The Scarlet and the Black (1983) See more »

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A movie that reminds us of our humanity
25 January 2001 | by patrick.hunterSee all my reviews

People watch war movies for action, but rarely to be reminded of their humanity, and this film touches more to the latter. There's not much action, but there is a lot of character in this fact-based drama. Burton plays the same historical character that Christopher Plummer impersonated in the televison drama THE SCARLET AND THE BLACK, Col. Herbert Kapler, an art-loving, but genocidal, Nazi officer, who carried out the massacre. The real Kapler also authorized the execution of the priest that Rosselini's OPEN CITY was based on. Both films are worthy companions to this one, and together all three convey what Rome was like during the days of Nazi occupation.


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