Massacre in Rome


Massacre in Rome

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In March of 1944 the Thied-Reich's stronghold over Europe was weakening, and the swelling resistance in Nazi-occupied Rome would spark one of the most devastating wartime atrocities in modern history. When thirty-three members of the SS military police were ambushed and gunned down by the Roman underground, an enraged German High Command ordered the death of ten Roman civilians for each of the thirty-three SS soldiers killed. A decree issued directly from the Pope states that Roman priest Pietro Antonelli (Marcello Mastroianni) must collaborate with Nazi Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Kappler (Richard Burton) in gathering 330 Roman citizens for systematic execution. Torn by his faith and devoted to pacifism, Father Antonelli must choose between defying direct orders from the highest seat in the Catholic church, or remaining true to his vows and standing by as 330 innocents are gunned down on the orders of history's most notorious dictator.


Richard Burton
as Lt. Col. Herbert Kappler
Marcello Mastroianni
as Father Pietro Antonelli
Leo McKern
as Gen. Kurt Maelzer
John Steiner
as Col. Dollmann
Renzo Montagnani
as Police Chief Caruso
Robert H. Harris
as Father Pancrazio
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  • Sep 22, 2013
    Massacre in Rome is a well crafted movie that recounts the events of the Fosse Ardeatine massacre, a massacre committed by the German SS during the Second World War. Although it could have been a bit better, the film is highly engaging and well acted. This is a retelling of a dark part of history during the war, and Cosmatos does a good job at capturing effective performances with the sheer brutality of the Nazi regime. This film will surely intrigue the war or history buff, and it is a film that is short, but manages to be a riveting piece of work. I find that this film is overlooked and it deserves to be rediscovered. George P. Cosmatos made a more dramatic film with Massacre in Rome than his later work. This is a film with a great cast, a well thought out story and a well written script that makes it standout among Cosmatos' best efforts. Although not perfect, this is still worth seeing and there is enough tension to keep you entertained for its runtime. I really thought it was a well made movie, one that tells a story with subtle overtones of the chaos of war. War dramas like this are rare, and if you enjoy a well made genre movie, then this is for you. Massacre in Rome is short, but it tells a story that needs to be told, and it doesn't overdo anything either. There are parts that could have been done a bit better, but overall this is a very good film that is worth checking out.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2008
    a depressing war story about the partisans fighting off the jerrys in italy and what the german army did in retaliation for an attack. however the most interesting part was not played by richard burton as the no nonsense colenel but by marcello mastroianni as father pietro antonelli who's struggling to come to terms with the lack of interest and help from the vatican (a religious order he believes in). mostly this film is about the different characters struggling with what's happening in it. more psychological than action packed. another solid film from george p. cosmatos, the director of the cassandra crossing
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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