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The Biggest Battle (1978)

Il grande attacco (original title)
PG | | War, Drama | 22 September 1978 (USA)
How World War II affected the lives of a German family and an American family, both of whom had sons and fathers fighting in the war.

Director:

Umberto Lenzi (as Humphrey Longan)

Writers:

Umberto Lenzi (story), Umberto Lenzi (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helmut Berger ... Lt. Kurt Zimmer
Samantha Eggar ... Annelise Ackermann
Giuliano Gemma ... Capt. Martin Scott
John Huston ... Sean O'Hara
Stacy Keach ... Maj. Mannfred Roland
Ray Lovelock ... Lt. John Foster
Aldo Massasso Aldo Massasso ... Lt. William McShane
Venantino Venantini ... Michael
Guy Doleman ... Gen. Whitmore
Patrick Reynolds ... O'Hara's Aide
Evelyn Stewart ... Sybil Scott
Edwige Fenech ... Danielle
Henry Fonda ... Gen. Foster
Aldo Barberito Aldo Barberito ... SS major
Rik Battaglia ... French Partisan (as Rick Battaglia)
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How World War II affected the lives of a German family and an American family, both of whom had sons and fathers fighting in the war.

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The most awesome battle ever seen!

Genres:

War | Drama

Certificate:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Biggest Battle See more »

Filming Locations:

Venice, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 71521 delivered on 7-2-1978. See more »

Quotes

German in Danielle's room: A French whore should work with her hips and not her lips!
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Alternate Versions

The American releases (both 'Battleforce' and 'The Greatest Battle') are considerably abbreviated - they are missing several subplots including most of Edwidge Fenech's scenes in which she becomes involved with the French resistance, a flashback detailing Milos Parnac the Greek actor, and what becomes of John Huston's character. The German DVD release has all of these scenes intact, but has no narration (hence Orson Welles is not credited). See more »

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Referenced in The Big Box: To the Devil a Daughter (2009) See more »

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WW2 drama takes the Purple Heart.
15 December 1998 | by emmSee all my reviews

For a low-budget movie set during World War II, it does have a rough and violent edge. Above all, BATTLE FORCE surrenders to a non-existent plot and storyline that's been duped hundreds of times repeatedly. Don't expect much here as there's no specific meaning. Explosions and body counts are nothing new! Adding to the troop casulty count is of Orson Welles' annoying and interrupting narration, making it feel like a made-for-television documentary. War movies are instant classics in the grade "A" Hollywood circuit, and SAVING PRIVATE RYAN triumphs realism today. Despite a fairly good replica of those WW2 days, BATTLE FORCE is another run-of-the-mill production without enough substance. Anyone who grew up watching Hollywood war dramas in their lifetimes probably avoided this one while history was made.


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