Miracle at St. Anna (2008)



Critic Consensus: Miracle at St. Anna is a well-intentioned but overlong, disjointed affair that hits few of the right notes.

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"Miracle at St. Anna" chronicles the story of four African-American soldiers who are members of the U.S. Army as part of the all-Black 92nd Buffalo Soldier Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy, during World War II. They experience the tragedy and triumph of the war as they find themselves trapped behind enemy lines and separated from their unit after one of them risks his life to save an Italian boy.
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Derek Luke
as 2nd Staff Sergeant Aubrey Stamps
Michael Ealy
as Sergeant Bishop Cummings
Laz Alonso
as Corporal Hector Negron
Omar Benson Miller
as Private First Class Sam Train
Pierfrancesco Favino
as Peppi 'The Great Butterfly' Grotta
Matteo Sciabordi
as Angelo Torancelli
John Turturro
as Detective Antonio 'Tony' Ricci
D.B. Sweeney
as Colonel Driscoll
Kerry Washington
as Zana Wilder
Robert John Burke
as General Ned Almond
Omero Antonutti
as Ludovico
Omari Hardwick
as Platoon Commander Huggs
Sergio Albelli
as Rodolfo
Lidia Biondi
as Natalina
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Lee is a filmmaker who, through talent, accomplishment, and a constant working of the refs in the Hollywood system, has earned autonomy over his films. I'm all for artistic freedom, but here he could have used a bit of oversight.

Full Review… | November 10, 2008
Top Critic

It's impressive that a filmmaker of Lee's distinction is willing to continue to push boundaries.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
At the Movies
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Clocking in at 160 minutes, this interminable movie comes across like a rough cut. Perhaps Lee believed its length would give it gravitas. The opposite is true.

Full Review… | September 29, 2008
Christian Science Monitor
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Given the importance of that subject, the real mystery of Mr. Lee's movie is why it's so diffuse, dispirited, emotionally distanced and dramatically inert.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Overwrought, overproduced, overbusy and overlong, Miracle at St. Anna finally suffers from the worst filmmaking sin of all: the failure of trust, in the story and the audience.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Washington Post
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[Lee] resorts to many of the same hoary clichés and fantasy situations he so frequently condemns.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Toronto Star
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Alex roy
Alex roy

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whoever wrote the script should be sentenced to 10 courses in remedial scriptwriting 101. What a mess - dialogue right out of a high school play, while beating us over the head with its message, and being completely unable to decide what type of film it wants to be. We take a prommissing start, with some nice cinematic touches, sprinkle in some odd noir (Torturo and the reporter are right out of a Chandler novel), and then do a 180 into a not very intense war piece that is more about snafus and human frailties than anything else (the writer even feels compelled to explain snafu - good grief!). In attempting to explain all the bizarre situations, there are still holes a mile wide in the narrative, and often actors are left either over emoting or trying to get some kind of feel for the lousy dialog they have to speak. The final payoff is contrived and ridiculous, and the little "sermon" given by the savior's servent is laughable and cringe worthy (closeup into the camera - as if we didn't already know that this drivel was the "message"). What a disappointment!

paul sandberg
paul sandberg

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2 hours and 40 minutes is a long time to endure a barrage of one-dimensional characters. Unlike other recent war films that vividly capture the chaos and mayhem of battle, Miracle at St. Anna seems contrived and overly scripted. This isn't combat through the eyes of soldiers, this is a perception of combat through the eyes of a director. As much as I admire Spike Lee, and as much as I really (REALLY) wanted to like this film, I just couldn't. This one is far too cliche to be taken seriously.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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