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The Battle of El Alamein


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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: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00067GHRC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,941 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Unlike the Italians, they threw themselves AND their bombs on or under the tanks.
wardog0129
One, they should have actually shown the Germans stealing the Italians' transportation so that they could save their own hides.
A. Simon
I like war movies and thought I would enjoy the film, unfortunately the quality was so bad, I did not really enjoy the movie.
Bwhami

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 5, 2002
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 By jono pollock on December 19, 2004
Format: DVD
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 By Rude Boy 1979 on 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 By Benjamin E. Cressy on 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 By John Edward White on July 4, 2005
Format: DVD
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 By wardog0129 on 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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