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Mediterraneo (1991)

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In WW2, an Italian Army unit of misfits occupies an isolated non-strategic Greek island for the duration of the war.

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Enzo Monteleone
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Complete credited cast:
Diego Abatantuono Diego Abatantuono ... Nicola Lorusso
Claudio Bigagli Claudio Bigagli ... Raffaele Montini
Giuseppe Cederna ... Antonio Farina
Claudio Bisio Claudio Bisio ... Corrado Noventa
Gigio Alberti Gigio Alberti ... Eliseo Strazzabosco (as Luigi Alberti)
Ugo Conti Ugo Conti ... Luciano Colasanti
Memo Dini Memo Dini ... Libero Munaron
Vasco Mirandola Vasco Mirandola ... Felice Munaron
Vana Barba ... Vassilissa
Luigi Montini Luigi Montini ... Pope
Irene Grazioli Irene Grazioli ... Iazu
Antonio Catania Antonio Catania ... Carmelo LaRosa
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Storyline

Greek Sea, World War II. An Italian ship leaves a handful of soldiers on a little island; their mission is to spot enemy ships and to hold the island in case of attack. The village of the island seems abandoned and there isn't a single enemy in sight, so the soldiers begin to relax a little. Things change when their ship is hit and destroyed by the enemy, and the soldiers find themselves abandoned there. Actually, the island isn't deserted and when the Greeks understand that those Italians are harmless, they come out of their hiding places in the mountains and continue their peaceful lives. Soon the soldiers discover that being left behind in a God-forgotten Greek island isn't such a bad thing, after all... Written by Flavio Rizzardi <spillo@maya.dei.unpid.it>

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Sent to invade a remote Greek island, eight misfit sailors discover a magical place where anything can happen! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Rated R for sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English | Greek | Turkish

Release Date:

31 January 1991 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Mediterráneo See more »

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Gross USA:

$4,532,791
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The plane that lands on the improvised football field is a German built Fieseler Fi 156 "Storch", a liaison aircraft. It was able to take off after just 50m of runway and remain airborne at speeds below 50km/h. It was used extensively on all fronts by all armies of the Axis Powers. See more »

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Pope: Italians... Greeks... my face, my race... One face, one race
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The small island in the Aegean
5 December 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

"Mediterraneo", which we saw during its debut run locally, has stayed fresh as when we first saw it. This small, endearing film has a lot going for it. In fact, it makes a perfect statement against WWII, or any war, for that matter, without being in one's face. The subtlety of this film stays long in the viewer's mind.

We are presented a group of Italian soldiers on a mission to set a base in a small, and apparently uninhabited island in the Aegean Sea, not too far from Italy, but millions of years away in the way it has stayed primitive enough to offer anything to these men. As soldiers, under the command of Raffaelle, these are not the typical professional soldiers. In fact, these men discover themselves and a world they didn't know existed during their time in the island.

What surprises the soldiers is not to encounter anyone living in the village facing the sea, where they disembark. It becomes clear everyone is hiding from them. When the populace discover these men are harmless they return and embrace the invaders with open arms. After all, they feel the Italians share a lot in common with them.

The men, obviously abandoned, and lacking means of transportation, get stuck in the island. In fact, they don't realize, but when the Italian aviator arrives in his one engine plane, he is amazed how many years have passed since they arrived at that remote spot.

This small film is a delight to watch. Diego Abatantuono makes a great Lorusso. Claudio Bigati, is Raffaele, the man with an artistic eye, who sees the beauty of the classical Greek design. Vanna Barba plays Vassilessa, the local whore who falls in love with the shy Farina(Giuseppe Cederna). The rest of the cast does a good job under Mr. Salvatores' direction.

Watch this film as it will delight fans of Mr. Salvatores and the Italian cinema.


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