The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)

The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)




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In this comedy, based on Robert Crichton's novel, the members of an Italian village endeavor to hide their only source of income, one million bottles of wine, from the German invaders during WW II.


Anthony Quinn
as Italo Bombolini
Anna Magnani
as Rosa Bombolini
Virna Lisi
as Caterina Malatesta
Hardy Kruger
as Sepp Von Prum
Renato Rascel
as Babbaluche
Eduardo Ciannelli
as Luigi Lunghetti
Gigi Ballista
as Padre Polenta
Carlo Caprioli
as Giovanni Pietrosanto
Francesco Mulé
as Francocci
Wolfgang Jansen
as Sgt. Zopf
Aldo de Carellis
as `Old Vines'
Marco Tulli
as Mazzola
Chris Anders
as Cpl. Heinsick
Peter Kuiper
as Sgt. Traub
Gigi Bonos
as Benedetti
Pino Ferrara
as Dr. Bara
Timothy Donnelly
as Pvt. Holtzmann
Curt Lowens
as Col. Scheer
Tim Donnelly
as Pvt. Holtzmann
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Critic Reviews for The Secret of Santa Vittoria

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Carrying charm, suspense, romance, the production offers Anthony Quinn at his seasoned best, a plot and unfoldment that holds the spectator.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
Top Critic

Lost without a message to sledgehammer home, Kramer turned to bombastic comedy with this World War II yarn.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

There's not one affecting, surprising or spontaneous moment in the picture.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

An amusing WW II story.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
TV Guide

Quinn, as always, is the highlight in this fine Stanley Kramer production.

July 27, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

The sort of film you usually fall asleep in front of on a Sunday afternoon -- later to wish you'd stayed awake for the outcome.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Secret of Santa Vittoria

An amusing WW II story, but the sort of film you usually fall asleep in front of on a Sunday afternoon.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

A charming cast invigorates this predictable tale of small town Italian mountain villagers outwitting the mean old greedy Nazis at the end of WWll, hiding a lot of wine that the Krauts want to appropriate. Quinn, Magnani, and Giannini shine.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


This is a thoroughly charming little movie. I'd never heard of it and didn't know what it was at all going into it, but the characters really captured my attention, especially Anthony Quinn as Bombolini. The subplot with the Contessa and the soldier was uninteresting and unnecessary, but it took up only a tiny portion of the movie, and the rest of it told a great story.

Hannah Megill
Hannah Megill

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