The Battle of San Pietro (1945)

The Battle of San Pietro





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The Battle of San Pietro was Hollywood filmmaker John Huston's first effort for the U.S. War Department. Scripted by British novelist Eric Ambler, the film, largely comprised of on-the-spot combat footage, concentrates on a grueling battle in the Italian stronghold of San Pietro. The Germans, making full use of the town's natural fortifications, dug in and began defending their position by slaughtering hundreds of Allied troops. The 143rd infantry regiment lost 12 of its 16 tanks in the bloody … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary
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Written By: John Huston
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All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

A great film, and certainly among Huston's best work.

Full Review… | April 6, 2010
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Gritty, realistic, extraordinary World War II documentary.

Full Review… | May 2, 2010
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Audience Reviews for The Battle of San Pietro

An early and unflinching war documentary on a minor but bloody battle fought in Italy in 1943. The realism is balanced with a deserved sense of hope.


I couldn't understand the narration, the audio quality on my VHS copy bought used from a library was not great, but that's what I get for not noticing this is in the National Film Archive or something for free anyway. The picture quality remained intact, though, and the visuals are astounding.

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