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The Ascent (1994)

A highly fictionalized real-life adventure of an Italian soldier who escapes a British prisoner-of-war camp to climb the challenging 17,000-foot Mt. Kenya and plant the Italian flag on the ... See full summary »

Director:

Donald Shebib

Writers:

Felice Benuzzi (novel), David Wiltse (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Spano ... Franco Distassi
Ben Cross ... Major Farrell
Tony Lo Bianco ... Aldo
Rachel Ward ... Patricia
Mark Ingall Mark Ingall ... Sergeant Thomas
John De Veillers John De Veillers ... Major Quinn (as John De Velliers)
Joe Valadez Joe Valadez ... Guido
Jon Freeman Jon Freeman ... Paulo
Rico Vanden Hurck Rico Vanden Hurck ... Kirst
Kenneth Mason Kenneth Mason ... Stewart
Nigel Kynaston Nigel Kynaston ... Carlo
Rodrigo S. Lacruz Rodrigo S. Lacruz ... Francesco
Leslie Cardillo Leslie Cardillo ... Ugo
Rory McGuinness Rory McGuinness ... Andrew
Asiba Asiba Asiba Asiba ... Kimbo
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A highly fictionalized real-life adventure of an Italian soldier who escapes a British prisoner-of-war camp to climb the challenging 17,000-foot Mt. Kenya and plant the Italian flag on the summit. The obsessive British camp commander pursues him, and the two men are locked in a battle of wills, fueled by honor and their love for the same woman. Written by ETO History Buff

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Genres:

Adventure | War

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1994 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

La ascensión See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A Nice True Story, With Action and Romance in the War
31 January 2004 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

In a English camp of Italians and Germans prisoners of war in Africa commanded by English Major David Farrell (Ben Cross), Franco Distassi (Vincent Spano) is a rebel Italian who tried to escape five times from the camp. Major Farrel tried countless times to climb a mountain close to the camp, and wants to marry Patricia (played the gorgeous and wonderful English actress Rachel Ward). However, Patricia falls in love with Franco. Meanwhile, Enzo, another Italian prisoner and leader, decides to invite Franco to climb the mountain, put the Italian flag on the top and return to the camp, to elevate the moral of the Italian prisoners. Based on a true story, this movie is a good entertainment for the whole family. A good cast, with Ben Cross and Vincent Spano disputing a mountain and a very beautiful widow, Rachel Ward, sexy as usual. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): `Fugindo do Inferno' (`Escaping From Hell')


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