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El Alamein - The Line of Fire (2002)

El Alamein - La linea del fuoco (original title)
War seen through the eyes of Serra, a university student from Palermo who volunteers in 1942 to fight in Africa. He is assigned to the Pavia Division on the southern line in Egypt. Rommel ... See full summary »

Director:

Enzo Monteleone

Writer:

Enzo Monteleone
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paolo Briguglia Paolo Briguglia ... Sold. Serra
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Serg. Rizzo
Luciano Scarpa Luciano Scarpa ... Sold. Spagna
Emilio Solfrizzi ... Ten. Fiore
Thomas Trabacchi ... Capor. De Vita
Giuseppe Cederna ... Cap. medico
Roberto Citran ... Colonnello
Piero Maggiò ... Tarozzi
Silvio Orlando ... Generale
Antonio Petrocelli Antonio Petrocelli ... Autista camion acqua
Sergio Albelli Sergio Albelli ... Tenete 'Folgore'
Ivan Bacchi Ivan Bacchi ... Autista camion cavallo
Lorenzo Balducci ... Soldato trincea
Antonio Berardinelli Antonio Berardinelli ... 1° bersagliere motociclista
Attilio Cucari Attilio Cucari ... Serra anziano
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War seen through the eyes of Serra, a university student from Palermo who volunteers in 1942 to fight in Africa. He is assigned to the Pavia Division on the southern line in Egypt. Rommel and the Axis forces are bogged down; it's October, the British prepare an offensive. At first, boredom, heat, hunger, and thirst bedevil the Italians; then the Brits attack, and there's no luck or heroism in death. Finally, it's retreat in confusion. Serra, his sergeant Rizzo, and his lieutenant Fiori take a last walk toward home. It's said that each soldier gets three miracles; when Serra's are used up, what then? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | War

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The motorcycle which delivers volunteer Private Serra at the beginning and then rescues him at the end is a Moto Guzzi SuperAlce. See more »

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The car wreck where the sniper was hiding is clearly a post WWII Land Rover (a series-II or III build after 1958) See more »

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Great little war film on a BIG subject
25 July 2007 | by Bry-2See all my reviews

Given its small budget, this is a fine little film about Italian troops abandoned in the face of the British counter attack at El Alamein in late 1942.

More films and books need to be made about this sad chapter in the history of Italy, whose international military reputation is somewhat lower than that of the French.

Italian troops gave no less to their cause than did Germans or the British, the Russians, the Americans, and the Japanese. But because of poor leadership from Mussolini on down, they were forced to surrender in droves, and as much as we don't want to admit it, we Westerners hold those who surrender in pretty low esteem.

This film goes a long way toward correcting the historical record through its touching story, beautiful acting, wonderful art direction, and absolutely stunning cinematography.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

8 November 2002 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

El Alamein See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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$975,881
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Dolby

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2.35 : 1
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