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Miracle at St. Anna (2008)

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Set in 1944 Italy, the story of four black American soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII.

Director:

Spike Lee

Writers:

James McBride (screenplay), James McBride (novel)
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Luke ... 2nd Staff Sergeant Aubrey Stamps
Michael Ealy ... Sergeant Bishop Cummings
Laz Alonso ... Corporal Hector Negron
Omar Benson Miller ... Private First Class Sam Train
Pierfrancesco Favino ... Peppi 'The Great Butterfly' Grotta
Valentina Cervi ... Renata
Matteo Sciabordi Matteo Sciabordi ... Angelo Torancelli (The Boy)
John Turturro ... Detective Antonio 'Tony' Ricci
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Tim Boyle
John Leguizamo ... Enrico
Kerry Washington ... Zana Wilder
D.B. Sweeney ... Colonel Driscoll
Robert John Burke ... General Ned Almond
Omari Hardwick ... Platoon Commander Huggs
Omero Antonutti ... Ludovico
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Storyline

Christmas, 1983. A New York postal clerk, a Buffalo Soldier in Italy in World War II, shoots a stranger. In his apartment, police find a valuable Italian marble head, missing since the war. Flashbacks tell the story of four Black soldiers who cross Tuscany's Serchio River, dodging German and friendly fire. With a shell-shocked boy in tow, they reach the village of Colognora. Orders via radio tell them to capture a German soldier for questioning about a counteroffensive. In the village, a beautiful woman, partisans that include a traitor and a local legend, the boy, and the story of a recent massacre connect to the postal worker's anguish forty years later. And the miracle? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

World War II Has Its Heroes And Its Miracles. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong war violence, language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Italy

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

26 September 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Spike Lee WWII Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,477,996, 28 September 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,916,887, 23 November 2008
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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Samuel L. Jackson turn down the offer to play as Corporal Hector Negron to work on Lakeview Terrace (2008). See more »

Goofs

One of the soldiers was playing with Italian kids saying Up High, Down Low, Too Slow. According to Wikipedia, high fives started in the 60s. It also says, "The 'low five' had already been known, during the 1940s, in African-American Vernacular English (AAVE) as 'giving skin' or 'slapping skin'." This scene wouldn't have happened in the 1940s. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Bishop Cummings: Girl, let me trim your garden.
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Connections

Referenced in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 27 June 2008 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

He's Got The Whole World In His Hand
Traditional Negro Spiritual
Vocal Arranged by David Morrow
Orchestral Arrangement by Terence Blanchard
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From Another Perspective
23 September 2008 | by af_xanderSee all my reviews

Length is a factor for this film, and it's not the normal action driven war film. I was lucky enough to attend the premier in NY and from the perspective of a Cadet at West Point, I would say that I respected this film BECAUSE it "jumped around." It showed all perspectives and that there were people with good intentions on all sides. The bad intentions were included as well, and though it doesn't grab you the entire time, it tells an interesting tale. Sadly, most people don't go to see a war film for this reasons, they all want Saving Private Ryan these days. But that's not what war is always about, and this film shows the other aspects. The black soldiers are each equally representative of varying perspectives that these men had. With a lot of duality also represented, this film leaves a lot to think about if you watch it with the right eye. It seems most people I've talked to have a problem with length and action, but if you don't pay so much attention to that and just enjoy it, you'll find a nice film that takes a different approach.


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