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5,000 Miles from Home (2009)

They grew up in the rough-and-tumble ethnic neighborhoods of Chicago, speaking Italian at home, learning English at school and hanging out with friends of all backgrounds. Then war came ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Mario Avignone Mario Avignone ... Interview
Henry Basile Henry Basile ... Interview
Rudolph Basile Rudolph Basile ... Interview
Larry Battisti Larry Battisti ... Interview
Frank Clarizio Frank Clarizio ... Interview
Jerry Clarizio Jerry Clarizio ... Interview
Vito D'Alessandro Vito D'Alessandro ... Interview
Marie Davino Marie Davino ... Interview
John Del Medico John Del Medico ... Interview
Louis Dodaro Louis Dodaro ... Interview
Joseph Esposito Joseph Esposito ... Interview
Vincent Farin Vincent Farin ... Interview
Lawrence Farino Lawrence Farino ... Interview
John Ferraro John Ferraro ... Interview
Anthony J. Fornelli Anthony J. Fornelli ... Interview
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They grew up in the rough-and-tumble ethnic neighborhoods of Chicago, speaking Italian at home, learning English at school and hanging out with friends of all backgrounds. Then war came along and turned their world upside down. Through in-depth interviews and rare archival material, "5,000 Miles From Home" tells the riveting tale of how an entire generation of Chicago-area Italian boys became American men in the crucible of World War II. When you trade pasta and stickball for k-rations and an M1 rifle, something's got to give. Written by Distasio, Jim

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USA

Language:

English

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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$22,000 (estimated)
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Forward March Media See more »
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Stereo

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Color (NTSC Color)
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excellent story of role Chicago Italian-Americans played in War effort
27 October 2009 | by rootbeer331See all my reviews

Good stories, anecdotes...excellent narration.. great cross-section of viewpoints ..well-researched story. Detailed photos of old Chicago neighborhoods such as Little Italy . The narration by local TV-Radio personality Bob Sirott was outstanding. The focal point of the film was the old veterans who recollected their most vivid memories of their military service in World War II. The interview style was excellent. The video shifted from old photos of the young men and their families back to the present day veterans -this was a very effective technique. The footage of the holocaust sites and of the lynching of Benito Mussolini was very impressive and historical. The anecdotes and stories were delivered with grace and a sense of humor as well as dignity. A well-researched presentation. Kudos to the writer/producers.


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