Il Grande Attacco (1977)

Grande Attacco, Il (1977, ITA) C-101m. SCOPE ** D: Humphrey Longan (=Umberto Lenzi). Starring Helmut Berger, Samantha Eggar, Giuliano Gemma, John Huston, Stacy Keach, Ray Lovelock, Aldo Massasso, Venantino Venantini, Edwige Fenech, Henry Fonda, Rik Battaglia, Guy Doleman, Andrea Bosic, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Michele Soavi. Incredible cast in quite ambitious war movie recounts the major events in World War Two from the perspective of several characters: A Jewish actress (Eggar), a British correspondent (Huston), a German general (Keach), a British soldier/father (Gemma) and an American general (Fonda), who ultimately learns that having one son is better than having none. Stars are wasted, of course, in somewhat hurried plot development (which leaves you wanting), but generally not-bad (if a little unmotivated) war drama. English version is narrated by Orson Welles. Reportedly uses footage from Lenzi's LA LEGIONE DEI DANNATI (1969). Alternative titles: BATTLE FORCE, THE BATTLE OF THE MARETH LINE, THE BIGGEST BATTLE, THE GREAT BATTLE, THE GREATEST BATTLE.


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