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Salvo D'Acquisto (1974)

This is the true story of Carabinieri (Italian Police) vice-sergeant Salvo D'Acquisto. The story takes place after Mussolini fall (Jul 25th '43) and the armistice (Sept. 8th '43). Italy is ... See full summary »


Romolo Guerrieri


Giuseppe Fina


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Credited cast:
Massimo Ranieri ... Salvo D'Acquisto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carla Calò Carla Calò ... Laundress
Dino Cassio Dino Cassio ... Hostage
Isa Danieli ... Tatina
Giustino Durano Giustino Durano ... Riccardo
Jole Fierro Jole Fierro ... Nun
Lucretia Love ... Baroness
Enrico Marciani Enrico Marciani ... Pub owner
Furio Meniconi Furio Meniconi ... Alvaro
Fabrizio Moroni Fabrizio Moroni ... German Lieutenant
Lina Polito Lina Polito ... Martina
Ivan Rassimov ... German Sergeant
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Rubino
Ezio Sancrotti Ezio Sancrotti ... Carabiniere
Massimo Serato ... Halder


This is the true story of Carabinieri (Italian Police) vice-sergeant Salvo D'Acquisto. The story takes place after Mussolini fall (Jul 25th '43) and the armistice (Sept. 8th '43). Italy is occupied by Germans (former allied) and invaded by new Allies (US, UK etc.). Civilians have two options: wait till Allies arrive or participating actively to the 'Resistance'. Many, like socialist Rubino choose the Resistance and run to the mountains to fight Germans. Salvo decides to stay near the population as required by his role. Meanwhile he starts falling in love for Martina. But an accidental explosion kills two German soldiers inside their barracks. Germans decide to take reprisal and going to kill 20 Italians (civilians). At this point Salvo decides to save innocent people by declaring he is the guilty for the explosion. Germans will execute him, and 20 persons are saved. After WWII he received the Gold medal to memory. Written by 1felco

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Drama | War







Release Date:

8 October 1977 (Poland) See more »

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Cineriz See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Salvo D'Acquisto: A martyr for the 1940s
5 March 2009 | by mistymountainSee all my reviews

I don't want to compare Salvo D'Acquisto as a modern-day savior, but that's the only way I can describe this movie. Legendary pop singer Massimo Ranieri gives a STELLAR performance as the title character, Salvo D'Acquisto, a young Italian Carabinieri police officer, who sacrificed his very young life to save the lives of 22 men in a Nazi concentration camp. Isa Danieli was equally impressive as Martina. The setting takes place during World War II. After a couple of Nazi soldiers are accidentally killed by a bomb, the Nazis are about to vengefully execute the 22 Italian men being held captive in a beach side concentration camp. Salvo decides to make the ultimate sacrifice, by telling the German soldiers that he is responsible for the bombing, although he and a Nazi soldier both know his innocence. For me the most powerful part of the movie is the last 10 minutes of the film. It's a shame that I can't seem to find this movie anywhere on DVD. I have seen and heard Ranieri's singing abilities online and it's very good. However, I honestly feel that his acting is extremely extraordinary. I wish I could find ANY of his films on DVD.

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