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½ June 18, 2017
Anzio is a decent film. It is about one of WWII's bloodiest battles as the Allies smash through the German lines which have enclosed the Anzio beachhead. Robert Mitchum and Peter Falk give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Edward Dmytryk did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama.
February 28, 2016
A run of the mill war movie of its day.
March 4, 2015
Typical 1960's WWII foreign-produced (Italy) actioner.
February 18, 2013
The movie is stupid beginning with the theme song. At first I thought it was Anzio-The Musical. It didn't show the real drama of the conflict with soldiers pinned down on the beach. It was released in 1968 and I thought it had an anti-war message.
½ September 2, 2012
run of the mill WWII drama post WWII
August 27, 2011
La batalla de Anzio [1968]
August 15, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

(1968) Anzio

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
½ April 30, 2011
What a sentimental mess.
Super Reviewer
April 19, 2011
A excellent WWII movie about the Battle of Anzio (Italy) showing the landing and the days leading up to the pushing back of the German troops. Robert Mitchum plays a war news paper reporter who no only brings back much needed intelligence but he is also responsible for the removal of a General who drops the ball and could have march troops all the way to Rome with little if any resistance. Excellent overall War Movie, just don't make them like this anymore. Peter Falk also plays an excellent part in this movie , No less then5 stars.
February 7, 2011
"Anzio" is an action packed war movie which balances the action with just the right amount of "pre-game war talk", character study, and plot development. What this means in layman's terms is, you get your money's worth. You'll be excited, with never a dull moment, while being interested in what the characters have to say at the same time. This also means you care about the characters, one way or another. "Anzio" might be best understood as having three dimensions in the story line. First, it's an all out blood bath series of shootings, with an extremely riveting fight against snipers in the end. Second, it's the story of military strategy, which is supplied by Robert Ryan, Arthur Kennedy, and Arthur Franz, among others, doing the "high ranking officers making decisions" bit. Third, and most importantly, it's the story of why men have wars. The war correspondent who links these all together is played by Robert Mitchum. His character is one of the most well defined characters ever written in a war movie. The third dimension really grips the story, with Peter Falk playing a veteran ranger who is famous for his exploits in the unit, a man who seems to enjoy the killing, but has a softer side, too. His character may be the second best defined character of war movies (if you omit "Jungle Fighters".) The final shootout is an emotionally gripping sniper attack that leaves you on the edge of your seat. Possibly the best filmwork for any war movie ever done, and it would be the best film editing, too, if not for one glitch in which the sniper attack comes from out of the blue in sequence. But that may be just what the director intended. It is effective, but leaves you wondering "Where am I"? more than anything else. And these troopers know where they are. The music really doesn't suit the subject matter, even in contrast. It's like one of the early MTV videos. Music and video don't match. Just ignore the music and enjoy the show.
½ June 27, 2010
It has some fantastic War Scenes, as well as some great performances by Robert Mitchum and Peter Falk. However, I feel that Robert Mitchum is forever typecast as Reverand Harry Powell from Night of the Hunter. That isn't so much a fault with the film though as it is with the audience. One of the weaknesses of the film was the romance. True, it was brief, but it was really dull when it was on screen. Also, the German Dialogue was awful. They were speaking English, but I feel that it would have worked much better if they spoke German and we were provided with English Subtitles. Finally, some of the early action scenes were unintentionally funny, with Peter Falk skipping around while fighting. It's a decent War film, but it's not too memorable.
April 3, 2010
story was fairly accurate from what I have read up on the battle, but average is just about as good as the film gets. Mitchum's character is laughable - just a 60's anti war demonstrator dressed up a war news reporter
January 12, 2010
You know that you are in trouble when the protagonist in a World War II movie is a newspaper correspondent who is still trying to figure out why men kill each other. No, ANZIO is not a traditional big-picture acti
August 19, 2009
the anti-sniper action towards the end is the only interesting point in this "war" movie...
May 4, 2009
well umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch...its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie...i think that anthony steel, arthur kennedy, earl holliman, patrick magee, mark damon, giancarlo giannini, peter falf, reni santoni, robert mitchum play good roles/parts throughout this movie,,,i think that the director of this action/adventure/drama/war movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie its a good movie 2 watch its really well filmed..its a good war movie 2 watch
December 28, 2008
Another potentially great historic war drama sacrificed on the alter of commercial expediency. Don't be fooled by the appearance of Robert Mitchum - The Longest Day this is not. Historically inaccurate. Why on earth did the script writers replace Generals Clarke and Lucas with Generals "Carson" and "Lesley"? Were they worried that they would be sued for portraying the real generals as incompetent?

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.
½ November 24, 2008
Pretty weird warmovie.
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?
½ September 18, 2008
I've seen many a war film lately, and this one didn't stack up.
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