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Anzio (1968)

Lo sbarco di Anzio (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, History, War | 24 July 1968 (USA)
One of WWII's bloodiest battles as the Allies smash through the German lines which have enclosed the Anzio beachhead. Four months and 30,000 casualties before the Allies finally march to Rome.

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H.A.L. Craig (screenplay) (as Harry Craig), Wynford Vaughan-Thomas (book) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Dick Ennis (war correspondent, International Press)
Peter Falk ... Cpl. Jack Rabinoff
Robert Ryan ... General Carson
Earl Holliman ... Platoon Sgt. Abe Stimmler
Mark Damon ... Wally Richardson
Arthur Kennedy ... Maj. Gen. Jack Lesley
Reni Santoni ... Pvt. Movie
Joseph Walsh ... Doyle
Thomas Hunter ... Pvt. Andy
Giancarlo Giannini ... Pvt. Cellini
Anthony Steel ... Gen. Marsh
Patrick Magee ... Gen. Starkey
Arthur Franz ... Maj. Gen. Luke Howard
Tonio Selwart Tonio Selwart ... Gen. Van MacKensen
Elsa Albani Elsa Albani ... Emilia
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Storyline

Allied forces land at Anzio unopposed but instead of moving inland and north to Rome their commanding officer decides to dig in. A battle-hardened war correspondent borrows a jeep and driver and drives to Rome and back encountering no significant German forces. The report on the absence of the enemy is discounted as the general is concerned about having the strength to hold Anzio and support the offensive. By the time it is finally decided to make a move the Germans have arrived in strength. A US Ranger assault on Cisterna is ambushed with most of the forces killed or captured. A small group of survivors, including the war correspondent, struggle to make their way back to Anzio and report on the German defenses. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Where the end of World War II began. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English | Italian | German

Release Date:

24 July 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anzio See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Location filming for this movie was conducted in and around the environs of Rome, Italy. See more »

Goofs

Maj Gen Lesley is seen on the deck of the transport putting on a parka on top of his greatcoat. Shortly afterwards, he is on the bridge and the parka has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Movie: An ad, and ad. I'll take out an ad that describes her. Really describes her.
[cups both hands in front of his chest]
Dick Ennis: It'll never work Movie.
Pvt. Movie: Why?
Dick Ennis: [simulates Movie's gesture] Must be a thousand girls in Rome with hands like that.
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Connections

Referenced in Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Bye Bye Blackbird
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by Rabinoff with the prostitutes in the ambulance and with the girl in the house
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Weird
2 February 2004 | by August1991See all my reviews

The music in this film is the tip off that something weird is afoot. I mean the cheery 1960s American sitcom style orchestrals. But there's also the singing scene in the back of the truck with Peter Falk. What the ... ? This is a weird war movie. Anyone know 'Kings Go Forth' with Sinatra and Martin? 'Anzio' is the 60s version. Or rather, 'Anzio' is one of the last war movies before filmmakers (in this case, Dino de Laurentiis) clued into Stanley Kubrick. (Better than Kubrick? See William Wyler's 'Thunderbolt'.)

With all this said, the history is right. The Americans could have entered Rome without problem. Their fear of casualties stopped them, leading to worse. The film clearly shows this.

Lastly, I have been to Anzio and walked through the American war cemetery at Nettuno. I smoked a cigarette over the gravestone of one guy - as I usually do in such places - and thanked them all for my right to be there to do it. God knows what they'd think of people today watching such silly war movies.


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