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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 »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Paolo Briguglia Paolo Briguglia ... Pvt. Serra
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Sgt. Rizzo
Luciano Scarpa Luciano Scarpa ... Spagna
Emilio Solfrizzi ... Lt. Fiore
Thomas Trabacchi ... Capt. De Vita
Sergio Albelli Sergio Albelli ... Lt. Sforza
Piero Maggiò ... Tarozzi
Antonio Petrocelli Antonio Petrocelli
Giuseppe Cederna ... Capt. Medician
Roberto Citran ... The Colonel
Silvio Orlando ... The General
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Matteo Albano Matteo Albano ... Carabiniere Avamposto Munizionamento
Lorenzo Balducci ... Soldato Trincea
Massimiliano Cutrera Massimiliano Cutrera
Fabio Ferri Fabio Ferri
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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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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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Opening Weekend:

€243,057 (Italy), 10 November 2002, Limited Release
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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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Their uniforms don't show any wear or tear, although some practically lived in them for years. See more »

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A War movie, Italian Cinema way.
25 January 2009 | by Locomotiva1See all my reviews

How to make a film in Italy.

A script that has anything original or "important": war is bad, that's it. But it's a "liberal" point of view, so it's good and it's enough.

The same actors seen in every Italian film adding the usual comedian out of a night show (Favino) to have a "known one", and an homage to "bigger names" of the director's circle, giving a cameo to Orlando (Moretti's best one) and Cederna (Salvatore's own).

Bad acting: in Italian, every actor murmured in some local "patois", and hardly you can understand what they say. That's a cliché of every Italian war movie, that Italian soldiers uttered strong local accents: war movie or comic film. Not else.

Even budget wasn't SO low, no attempt to research what's the right uniforms, vehicles, terms, historical details, as none of the blue-nosed liberal producers wants to talk with the "militarist" who collect or study military history.

Spice all with "I'm an artist" attitude, and you have a typical Italian movie.


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