Anzio

  • 1968
  • 1 HR 57 MIN
  • NR
  • War

This disappointing WW II film stars Robert Mitchum as Dick Ennis, a cynical American reporter who lands at Anzio with the Allied invasion forces on June 22, 1944. Accompanied by two soldiers, Movie (Reni Santoni) and Rabinoff (Peter Falk), Ennis drives a jeep all the way to Rome without encountering a single German soldier. When this is reported to Gen....read more

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This disappointing WW II film stars Robert Mitchum as Dick Ennis, a cynical American reporter who lands at Anzio with the Allied invasion forces on June 22, 1944. Accompanied by two soldiers, Movie (Reni Santoni) and Rabinoff (Peter Falk), Ennis drives a jeep all the way to Rome without

encountering a single German soldier. When this is reported to Gen. Lesly (Arthur Kennedy), he decides not to advance, suspecting a trap; however, the Germans capitalize on this delay by reinforcing their positions. The fighting is slow and bloody, with the Nazis managing to stifle the Allied

advance. After four months of horrible fighting, the Allies finally break through the enemy lines and roll into Rome, although Gen. Lesly is relieved of his command. With a great cast and a veteran director, ANZIO should be a solid war film, but the picture seems to go wrong right from the

beginning, opening with an awful and inappropriate theme song sung by Jack Jones. From this point on the film is mostly a dull and feeble affair, plodding through what should be a gripping campaign. When soldiers aren't being picked off one-by-one by a Nazi sniper, they engage in overwritten

philosophical discussions on the meaning of war, leadership, and heroism. While many aspects of the battle for Anzio seem tailor-made for compelling drama--especially the headline-grabbing, incompetent top brass who seem to have no concern for their men--the screenwriters and director Edward

Dmytryk squander the potential.

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  • Review: This disappointing WW II film stars Robert Mitchum as Dick Ennis, a cynical American reporter who lands at Anzio with the Allied invasion forces on June 22, 1944. Accompanied by two soldiers, Movie (Reni Santoni) and Rabinoff (Peter Falk), Ennis drives a j… (more)

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