Anzio (Lo sbarco di Anzio) Reviews
Early produced Dino De Laurentis film, which means respected director, Edward Dmytryk may had to compromise during it's entire shoot! Boring because it's muddled plot, almost plotless to say the least and pointless fabrication about the invasion of Anzio, Italy (one of the worst casualities in the history of Italy) that was supposedly come from a book written by Wynford Vaughan-Thomasin and is faithful by principal only, since the story throughout is inconsistent eg: on one scene, the Robert Mitchum character understands Italian language enough to speak it, then on the next scene, he doesn't understand it at all! Although much of the cast is by Italian casting playing both German and American roles, the movie stars Robert Mitchum as the war hero reporter, Peter Falk and Arthur Kennedy and veteran actor Robert Ryan (The Wild Bunch) whose only presence is for no more than 5 minutes throughout the entire film- 3 minutes at the beginning 2 minutes at the end! The only thing I can see that the well known actors got from this experience, is the free trip to beautiful Italy! It's borderline 'spaghetti western' tone because of dubbing and musical score timing!
What a waste of time to watch this, which if it wasn't for the short 'synopsis' at the back of the actual VHS case- I wouldn't been able to understand any of it at all!
1 out of 4
The military tactics were bizarre and very unrealistic. An ambush involving fake straw stacks, and then, rather than opening fire, the Germans tell the Americans to throw down their weapons and surrender. Sounds like a cop movie!
Then, of course, there is the obligatory appearance in a 1960s WW2 movie of 60s vintage American M-48 tanks, masquerading (very unsuccessfully) as both American Sherman tanks and German Panthers / Tigers / Panzer IVs.
The plot even involved Robert Mitchum as some sort of preachy anti-war type, going on in long diatribes about how war is wrong, sometimes to squad members in the middle of gunfire!
Some of the firefight scenes were fairly good though, especially the final one, with the German snipers.
Overall though, very disappointing.
It's rough action mixed with long philosophical discussions about the moral of killing and allmost everyone dies.
The scene in which the overaged rebel soldier is making his way throgh a crowd in a stolen ambulance with three hidden italian hookers shouting "make way - hot stuff coming through." made me think; Isn't that what Bart Simpson is shouting when he's skateboarding his way on the pavements of Springfield?