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Italiani brava gente (1964)

Chronicle of the unheralded and unsuccessful invasion of the Soviet Union by the Italian army during World War II.

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Giuseppe De Santis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Kennedy ... Ferro Maria Ferri
Zhanna Prokhorenko ... Katya
Raffaele Pisu ... Gabrielli
Tatyana Samoylova ... Sonya
Andrea Checchi ... Sermonti
Riccardo Cucciolla ... Sanna
Valeri Somov ... Giuliani
Peter Falk ... Medic Captain
Nino Vingelli ... Amalfitano
Lev Prygunov ... Bazzocchi
Grigory Mikhaylov ... Russian Partisan (as Grigorij Mikhailov)
Ivan Paramonov ... German Deserter (as I. Paramonov)
Gino Pernice ... Collidi
Boris Kozhukhov ... Major
Vincenzo Polizzi ... Sicilian
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During the summer of 1941, Germany and its European allies invade the Soviet Union. Fascist Italy participates at the invasion. The first trains carrying Italian soldiers arrive in the Soviet Union during grain-harvest season. The Soviet Army withdrew during the initial German onslaught that spearheaded the invasion. The newly arrived Italian soldiers wonder at the size of the Soviet countryside that seems to never end. The soldiers also notice the Soviets withdrew so fast that many fields have not been harvested yet. Fields of wheat, sunflower and corn glow golden under the bright summer sun. The Italians attempt to make friends with the Soviet civilians whom they meet at various stopping points along the way. But the civilians are scared of the invaders and rightfully so. The German troops have already passed through, terrorizing the Soviet populace. The Italian soldiers even try to share their bread rations with the civilians and they try to cheer the Russians up by singing a ... Written by nufs68

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They were damned by fate and dogged by a deadly foe !

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

Italy | Soviet Union

Language:

Italian | Russian | German | Spanish

Release Date:

16 September 1964 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Italiani brava gente See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

The Russian tanks featured in the film are T-34/85's, which were not produced until early 1944, a full a year after the events in this film took place. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original version ran 155 minutes. See more »

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Edited from The Victors and the Vanquished (1949) See more »

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Worth watching to see Someone Else's War
21 December 2005 | by rudge49See all my reviews

I will start by noting that I like to watch historical movies for the history and I think this one gives you a lot, not so much names, places, battles, dates as the "feel" of what it was like for the foot sloggers, details of uniforms, etc., and this movie does a good job. At times I felt the icy winds howling across the Russian Steppes, the T-34 tanks advancing against Italians caught out in the open, with no properly prepared positions or anti-tank weapons. I confess I missed the subtle anti-Fascist/pro-Soviet allusions other viewers referred to, I did feel for the poorly trained and equipped Italian soldiers fighting a tough and determined and better equipped enemy.


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