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The Battle of El Alamein (1968)

George Hilton , Michael Rennie , Gorgio Ferroni  |  NR |  DVD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Hilton, Michael Rennie
  • Directors: Gorgio Ferroni
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Miracle Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2002
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00067GHRC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,174 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True account of Italian Bravery July 5, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I came across this little gem of a film over 20 years ago, although the dubbing is "B" rate and this version was mercilessly cut,it is still a very good war movie for anyone interested in the desert war to see in that it recounts one Italian chapter of the battle of El alamein that is not very well known to many English viewers.
It follows the actual British 8th army and Italian documented records of the account, which we get to see refreshingly this time from the Italians side.
This movie was produced as a low budget production portraying the heroic and desperate attempts of a bersaglieri regiment to stop the advancing hordes of allied armour from decimating the outnumbered Italian Infantry and remaining light tank division in the last few days of the battle of El alamein.
The great thing about this flick is that we actually get to see the Bersaglieri and ariete (two of Italy's elite divisions) in action.
Unfortunately for many the actual feats of bravery achieved by the Italians in WWII have been kept out of the English press for propaganda reasons for many a year and only recently are we finding modern historians acknowledging the Italians true fighting spirit during that war in better researched well balanced publications about WW2 using solid sources from both sides..
The ending to this movie is indeed awesome, facing superior armour we see the bad leadership that caused the Italians to eventually lose this conflict in the desert in effect, we also get to see some tank battle strategy in action.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and cheerful December 19, 2004
Well what can i say this is the first film ive seen which focus's on Italien troops for a change.It mainly focus's on an Italien company of soldiers who are fighting for survival during the battle of el alamien.The film is fairly cheap, half the tanks are obviously models n the others are Russian with an Iron cross put on them.It doesnt really stand up say to longest day or a bridge too far but is acurate to events.It watchable ill say that even though half the brits sound like they have got really bad colds and most of its dubbed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Italian WW2 Flick January 26, 2002
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This is a great movie for a war buff looking for a different twist, that being a heroic Italian war view. .... I saw it on tv a long time ago and the ending is awesome! The version I purchased was done in LP mode (jacket says HIGH Quality, LOL)and it was about 100 line resolution so little things like, say, peoples faces were a total blur, LOL. It was dubbed on the label Star Classics so definetly stay away from that version. Movie is worth going onto DVD escpecially considering some of the worthless garbage stuff they're putting out lately when it comes to vintage war flicks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie, Bad VHS January 28, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This was a really good Italian war movie. However, the copy ... is currently offering from Congress Entertainment, is of low quality. It is from an unrestored, bad-looking negative and runs only 80 minutes, rather than the 105 release time and the 92 minute length advertised. It's hard to follow; some scenes are obviously removed. In one part Rommel is recalled to Berlin for a long rest, only to be seen in Africa 10 minutes later! It's not worth the ... price for something this bad. If a full-length restored print is ever released then GO BUY IT! Until then, ignore this print.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Low Budget film with rare historical accuracy July 4, 2005
Too bad the producers did this one on the cheap as it is more of a documentary in content in that it gives an accurate picture of the actual role of the Italian army in North Africa under Rommell's comand. Rommell and his Panzer Corp is shown in the proper dependent relationship to the much maligned Italian army in Libya where it gave a good account of itself despite being ill equipped and ill supplied by Il Duce. We are spared the unhistorical, distorted and biased accounts of battle always rendered by Hollywood.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A very Italian 1960s war movie! July 12, 2011
Format:VHS Tape
I watched this movie for the first time recently on Pay-per-View, mainly because I was surprised to see a second Italian movie about the subject(I had seen the 2005 Alamein movie some years ago). Like many of these old movies on Pay-per-View, it didn't have a proper preview trailer just a short clip. I could predict what I would see in the rest of the movie: odd dubbing, yellowish film tone and both sides using post WW2 American vehicles and tanks(just like Patton, Battle of the Bulge and other movies of this period). Just for the heck of it I tried it out and was surprised to see even odder anachronisms. Although the producers took great pains to gather Italian WW2 weapons (although finding Carcano rifles and carbines and Beretta SMGs probably wasn't too hard for an Italian production team) the majority of equipment was supplied by the Italian Army of the 1960s(who are thanked profusely in the pre-film credits. Thus, almost all the armored vehicles are U.S. Army surplus. I say almost, because while we have American M24 Chaffees and M26 Pershings playing both Axis and Allied tanks, they also have modern-for the time-M113 APCs playing British personnel carriers. These APCs also look particularly odd as they have FN MAG 58 machine guns mounted on them. Ironically, against this backdrop of anachronistic armor, two genuine Italian WW2 AFVs show up in the last tank battle sequence; an M13/40 light tank and a Semovente 75/18 self propelled gun! The efforts of the Italian filmmakers are earnest and passionate but they end up looking ludicrous all the same. For example, an attempt to make up for the lack of genuine looking German tanks has remote control scale models being blown up. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars el amin
Good movie....I am a war historian and I enjoyed it, despite my slanted views for the Nazi's. worth it - get it!
Published 4 months ago by Walter
1.0 out of 5 stars Just plain awful.
I love WWII movies, but this was hard to sit through. It was slow, the story didn't have any clear development, and it seemed to focus on a reckless Italian officer rather than the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. Ritchie
1.0 out of 5 stars I was cheated
It's a great movie if you con't care about it's being accurate. It doesn't stand up to the facts. Don't buy it!! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kendal Cheesman
2.0 out of 5 stars The Battle of bad color
The story was told from the Italian point of view, but then again it is an Italian movie. The quality was very bad and looked washed out. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bwhami
2.0 out of 5 stars Old Italian movie
This is an old Italian movie with dubbed dialogue that does not move with the lips. It's a rip off and has a very catchy advertisement to let the buyer think they are buying a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hilgeebaby!
2.0 out of 5 stars If you like spagetti movies
Old movie with bad acting , and bad props. The tanks used were not from that era . I fell asleep less than midway through this film. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joe Bimmer
1.0 out of 5 stars C Grade Movie
C grade movie, boring, probably why it didnt go far. But if you ever been with Del Griffinth,,shower curtain ring salesman,,you probably could watch it.
Published 10 months ago by Dale M, Gray
3.0 out of 5 stars Different!
The description and photo is a little misleading, the movie IS about the batle of El Alamein but from the Italian perspective and the British and Germans just happen to be around. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Biged
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy
This was a fictionalized account of the brave warriors of the Italian Army who withstood the onslaught of Montgomery's 8th Army at the (assumed because Monty was not at the first... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kevin K
3.0 out of 5 stars Two Brothers but no Band
Giorgio Ferroni `s "The Battle of El Alamein" is a rollicking laugh-riot typical of `60s camp-comedy classics like Batman and Casino Royale. Read more
Published 16 months ago by d. Moondog 63
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