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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.


George P. Cosmatos (as George Pan Cosmatos)


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


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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330 Cold Blooded Executions! It happened once...it could happen again! See more »


Drama | History | War


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Release Date:

24 October 1973 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Lt Col Herbert Kappler's second in command was Erich Priepke. He was arrested in South America and extradited to Italy where he was released from trial, due to his age. After public outcry, he was placed under house arrest in Italy until his death. Kappler was imprisoned after the war and, in old age, contracted cancer. He was refused release under medical grounds. His second wife, a nurse, smuggled him out of prison in a suitcase, yet due to his health was very frail. She got him to East Germany where he lived out his remaining days. During his imprisonment in Italy, Fr. Hugh O'Flaherty visited Kappler regularly. See more »


The Police Battalion Bozen is shown in the film as a Waffen-SS formation, complete with full SS uniforms and insignia. In reality, this unit was a German Police unit and its members wore regular police uniforms and were not considered part of the Waffen-SS. See more »


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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Good, could be better, but really good movie
7 February 2010 | by 807See all my reviews

One of the first movies of George Pan Cosmatos, "Massacre In Rome" is a chilling story of German reprisal for the death of 32 German soldiers in a IED explosion in Rome in 1944. It is decided that for each dead German, 10 Italians must be executed.

Cosmatos was an excellent craftsman, and it shows here. The movie is cold and distanced: both protagonists, disillusioned German officer (Burton) and Italian priest (Mastroianni) are faced with the inescapable fate: Burton must follow his orders and carry on with the execution, while Mastroianni's attempt to make the Pope stop the Germans fails, because the Pope is not willing to get involved.

"Massacre In Rome" has one excellent scene: the briefing where Burton explains to his officers how the executions will be carried out. A really chilling sequence, thanks to Burton's maestry. The somewhat cheesy action sequences somewhat lower the vote. It would easily be a 8.

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