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  • Actors: Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani, Virna Lisi, Hardy Krüger, Sergio Franchi
  • Directors: Stanley Kramer
  • Writers: Ben Maddow, Robert Crichton, William Rose
  • Producers: Stanley Kramer, Georges Glass
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: United Artists
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014BJ1D6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,405 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Secret of Santa Vittoria" on IMDb

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Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani, Virna Lisi. In the closing days of WWII, a worthless drunk becomes a small-town hero, by becoming the mayor and hiding a million bottles of wine from the Germans. Directed by Stanley Kramer. 1969/color/139 min/PG-13/widescreen.

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The bestseller from The Great Impostor's Robert Crichton inspired this leisurely serio-comedy, which takes up where Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist left off--with the death of Benito Mussolini. The dictator's departure should come as good news for the hilltop town of Santa Vittoria, but new problems lay ahead (Federico Fellini favorite Giuseppe Rotunno shot the sun-drenched movie in Italy). Feeling betrayed by Il Duce, wine merchant Italo Bombolini (La Strada's Anthony Quinn) drinks his disappointment away to the consternation of his rolling pin-wielding wife, Rosa (The Rose Tattoo's Anna Magnani). Nonetheless, the townspeople like the "drunken, stupid clown," as Rosa calls him, enough that they appoint Bombolini mayor. To prepare him for duty, the college-educated Fabio (Swept Away's Giancarlo Giannini) introduces the new civic leader to Machiavelli, who wrote, "Things are never what they seem." When Fabio brings news that the Nazis plan to raid their wine reserves, Bombolini and Tufa (Sergio Franchi), a former soldier, heed those words and arrange to hide one million bottles in a Roman cave. Capt. Von Prum (Hardy Krüger) suspects subterfuge, and orders a search of every nook and cranny, while attempting to woo war widow Contessa Caterina (Queen Margot’s Virna Lisi). At 139 minutes, Judgment at Nuremberg producer/director Stanley Kramer’s Golden Globe-winning picture seems longer than necessary, but Quinn, Magnani, and Krüger provide just enough nuance to prevent their characters from slipping into caricature, and the film’s celebration of solidarity lends it an enduring appeal. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Customer Reviews

Cute story, lots of action, great acting.
Mary Judson
The newly installed mayor, viewed as a buffoon by his wife and the saner citizens of the town, is faced with saving the wine from the Germans.
Alexander Brown
This is definitely one of Anthony Quinn' best performances.
Ramster

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By sedonaman on August 28, 2005
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I read the book as well, and this one breaks the usual "the-book-was-better" pattern. The movie replaces the allied bomber crew member, who bailed out of his plane, with the Italian army deserter, a great improvement for the plot. Being a third generation Italian who has seen the first generation who came to the US before 1920, I can say, the director must have gone to great lengths to find a village and extras to fit the story because I have seen them and they are priceless.
PS. And in the book, the Germans were more ruthless.

Update: It has been issued on DVD, and I obtained a copy from amazon in March of 2008.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By www.virtualitalia.com on June 22, 2000
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I saw this film in the 70s and it still remains with me. It's World War II and an Italian village famous for its wine is celebrating the overthrow of Mussolini's government. Villagers arrest the local fascist officials and, in a silly mood, elect the town drunk Bombalini, played brilliantly by Anthony Quinn, to be mayor. Later the party is spoiled when German army move in to occupy the territory. The occupiers want to steal the village wine supply and send it to Germany for the enjoyment of the Nazi officer troops. Bombalini must now rise to the challenge of taking his job seriously in order to outsmart the Germans and protect the wine -- his town's livelihood. This is a charming and inspiring story and telling of Italian ingenuity. Other cast members are Giancarlo Giannini and Sergio Franchi.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joseph F. Persinger on December 6, 2002
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Wine enthusiasts will enjoy this movie as will those familiar with small town politics whether in the USA or abroad. This movie features a top flight cast in a unique story. It falters only near the climax if the viewer cannot ignore the probability that real life Nazis would have been more ruthless in their pursuit of one million bottles of wine the villagers are attempting to hide. Still, it's worth the trip for the performances of Anthony Quinn, et al. A shame that this film is no longer available on VHS.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 2001
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This is a real tongue in cheek humor film. Set in WWII Italy, the villiage "bobo" is set up to be a foil with the occuping German forces who wish to accquire the town's supply of wine. Anthony Quinn plays the part of the "bobo" and is an excellent foil against the German officer and his men. Complete with twists and turns at every corner, everyone wins, no one looses and the viewer is left with warm fuzzy feelings and a smile on her/his face.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Frangie on August 6, 2008
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When Fabio (Giancarlo Giannini) came screaming Mussolini's death, the villagers of Santa Vittoria were quiet indifferent... But when he returned much later shouting that the Germans are coming to take the wine of Santa Vittoria, this was different! It was the beginning of an amazing adventure...

Italo Bombolini (Anthony Quinn), is the beloved mayor of the hillside village of Santa Vittorio... He is in terrible crisis... Where to hide his precious wine? l,317,000 bottles more or less...

Tufa (Sergio Franchi), who has deserted the crumbling Italian army and has returned home in despair, recommends him to conceal a million bottles of wine in the tunnels of an old Roman cave outside of Santa Vittoria, and to hide them in such a way, that "if" the Germans enter the cave looking for the wine, 'they will see an empty cave!'

Rosa (Anna Magnani) enlists the entire town for that purpose... When German commander Sepp Von Prum (Hardy Kruger) arrives, it becomes a battle of wits for the possession of the wine...

Von Prum is distracted in his search by Bombolini's protests of ignorance and by the Contessa's obvious charms... The local Contessa, Caterina Malatesta is played by the exquisite blonde Virna Lisi...

The last scene of the film is hilarious!

We see the German Officer leaving, and Bombolini - a bottle of wine in his hand - addressing him: 'To the captain, from the people of Santa Vittoria. It's not a great wine but it's not bad!'

The captain receives the bottle whispering to Bombolini: 'You're sure you can spare it?'

Bombolini replies: 'Oh, there's one million more where this came from.'

You can imagine the face of Hardy Kruger--extremely good as the German Captain...

Maybe the film is too long... But it is a great joy to see two legendary stars, Quinn and Magnani, dancing with the whole town of Santa Vittoria...

Great score... Great fun!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CJ du PLESSIS on January 10, 2007
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This is one of the most memorable movies of the 1960's. The performances are outstanding - Quin and Lisi are an excellent combination. I am watching Amazon for the release of this movie on DVD but to no avail. PLEASE make it available in dvd. It will be a trip down memory lane.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James R. Wolf on January 6, 2000
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The movie sticks very close to the book and Anthony Quinn portrays the town clown so well that it is surprising that he can fool the Germans into thinking "There is no wine." The Italian villagers (because of their very simplicity) make excellent opponents to the German officer who tries to find the wine. Altogether a pleasing movie for the whole family.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Artemis on June 1, 2006
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This is a must see movie that is a true Anthony Quinn classic. And all the actors are great in this movie that is both hilarious and dramatic since it takes place during the Second World War. I, and many of my friends and family, would love to see this movie come on DVD. I could see this movie over and over again and never get tired of it.
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