The Assisi Underground (1985)





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Scenes of the Italian city enhance this account of the Church harboring Jews during WWII. James Mason, Ben Cross, Irene Papas, Maximilian Schell. Velden: Karl-Heinz Hackl. Brizzi: Riccardo Cucciolla. Kropf: Angelo Infanti. Paolo: Paolo Malco. Directed by Alexander Ramati.
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Cannon Films Inc


James Mason
as Bishop Nicolini
Ben Cross
as Padre Rufino
Irene Papas
as Mother Giuseppina
Maximilian Schell
as Col. Müller
Karlheinz Hackl
as Capt. Von Velden
Riccardo Cucciolla
as Luigi Brizzi
Angelo Infanti
as Giorgio Kropf
Paolo Malco
as Paolo Josza
Tom Felleghy
as Gen. Bremer
Delia Boccardo
as Countess Cristina
Edmund Purdom
as Cardinal Della Costa
Roberto Bisacco
as Prof. Rieti
Didi Ramati
as Mrs. Eva Rieti
Geoffrey Copleston
as Police Chief Bertolucci
Venantino Venantini
as Pietro, the Smuggler
Maurice Poli
as Vito, the Smuggler
Alfredo Pea
as Gino Bartali
Samuel Goldzader
as Carlo Maionica
Eurilla del Bono
as Franca Covarelli
Giancarlo Prete
as Col. Gay
Sergio Nicolai
as Don Brunacci
Alessandra Mussolini
as Sister Beata
Gabriella D'Olive
as Sister Amata
Gianni Williams
as Nino Maionica
Riccardo Salvino
as Otto Maionica
Lucia Mollaioli
as Little Maionica
Tom Johnson
as Ovra Man
Pee Bee de la Cruz
as Irma, the Bishop's Niece
Mark Malicz
as Jacob Baruch
Roberta Manfredi
as Hella Gelb
Stefania Maccari
as Deborah Gelb
Jorge Krimer
as Edward Gelb
Margherita Sala
as Mrs. Gelb
Maya Ramati
as Hanna Gelb
Alfredo Varelli
as Monsignore
Rita Guerrieri
as Sister Alfonsina
Renato Miracco
as Brother Felice
Carlo Monni
as SS Sergeant, Prison
Fabio Meyer
as SS Man, Station
Luigi Marturano
as Interpreter
Max Turilli
as Prison Guard
Helmut Hagen
as Capt. Knabbe
Carlos De Carvalho
as English Officer
David Cain Haughton
as English Officer
Neil Hansen
as Lt. Philip Garrigue
Mike Knevels
as Train Gestapo Man
Al Ramati
as Arrested Refugee
Franco Trevisi
as Don Giovanni
Pier Francesco Aiello
as Mario the Shoeshine Boy
Geoffrey Coppleston
as Police Chief Bertolucci
Matteo Corvino
as Brother Euralio
Claudia Costa
as Girl in Cafe Assisi
Paolo Giusti
as Lt. Podda
Alexander Ramati
as Arrested Refugee
Ricardo Salvino
as Otto Maionica
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THE ASSISI UNDERGROUND An amazing story about a horrible time in history that is said to be based upon documented evidence and actual experience. Not without its moments of irony and even subtle humor. Well acted. Good script. This wartime drama set in Italy after the Nazi occupation in 1943, captures the courageous spirit of a dedicated network of local resistance workers in their efforts to rescue scores of European Jews trying to escape deportation and certain death by the Fascists. A young friar of peasant background, Father Rufino, belonging to the local monastery of St. Francis, is appointed to lead the dangerous rescue operation by the local Roman Catholic bishop. In time the resourceful Franciscan priest enlists the aid of individuals in town, including the Sisters of St. Claire, a printer, and several Jewish leaders, to outwit the enemy. However, as the rescue operation continues to succeed over many months and larger numbers of Jews are moved out of harm's way, the Gestapo becomes more and more suspicious. Tension builds. The Germans suspect Father Rufino, but conclusive evidence has so far been lacking. Can the friar continue to pull it off or will he be discovered and sent before a firing squad in the same way as thousands of other priests doing work with the Italian resistance against the Fascists were executed before him?

Ann Lorraine
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