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The Good War (2002)

Texas 46 (original title)
During the final days of World War II, an Italian prisoner of war in Texas is left in the hands of the camp's commander, the only soldier remaining to guard the only prisoner until the arrival of a patrol force that may never come.


Giorgio Serafini




Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Scheider ... Colonel Gartner
Robert Farrior ... Lt. Donovan
Luca Zingaretti ... Luigi Manin
Vincent Riotta ... Italian POW
Sue Cremin ... Betty
Charles Fathy ... Luca
Giampiero Judica ... Fabio
Luciano Miele Luciano Miele ... Italo
Mario Opinato ... Lieutenant Carlo Ticinà
Asya Chakarova Asya Chakarova ... Ana
Christo Jivkov ... Gartner's Son
Malin Krastev Malin Krastev
Nikolay Mutafchiev ... American Commander
Laura Serafini Laura Serafini ... Farmer's Daughter
Julian Vergov ... Frank


Based on a true story its the untold story of Italian World War II POW"S in Jan 1946. Luca Zingaretti stars as one of over 50,000 Italian Prisoners of War detained at POW camps in the U.S. Roy Scheider stars as Colonel Gartner, the Commander of the camp. Things take a turn for the worse when Manin is brought back from his most recent escape by a patrol force, only to realize that the camp has been evacuated while he was gone. Gartner is forced to keep Manin at the camp until another patrol force can come pick him up. However, no one ever comes. The phone lines get cut, and the two men realize they are completely isolated from the outside world. It is up to each man now to escape the camp.An untold and rarely known fact of US held Italian POW"S Written by RdeMetz

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Drama | History | War

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Rated R for language, some violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Great Movie
25 March 2005 | by principlesSee all my reviews

Had some great dialog on propaganda vs truth. Is not the distribution of holocaust photos during WWII similar to right to life efforts today? Endng seemed depressing but probably representative of the futility of war. Raises good ethical questions about humane limits of persuasion. US prison camps did a lot better than German concentration camps but still had some abuses. A particular scene where a prisoner feigned illness but was treated anyway probably would have never happened in a German concentration camp. Amazing how much propaganda was fed to (and believed by) the German and Italian armies. The setting in TX was very realistic as I can verify from my time stationed in San Antonio when I was in the military. A "must see" movie.

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Release Date:

30 November 2004 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »


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$2,200,000 (estimated)

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