The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969) - Comedy, Drama, War

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During WWII in Italy, a wine producing village hide a million bottles from the Germans

IMDB: 7.4
Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani
Length: 139 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 4 out of 28 found boring (14.28%)

One-line Reviews (12)

After the propaganda of "Mussolini is always right" the new times for Santa Vittoria come...

Enjoyable Sunday afternoon entertainment.

Watching people bicker for two hours is not comedy, it's tiresome.

Maybe the film is too long...

The characters are bores and are hardly sympathetic.

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!

Their turbulent relationship is quite intriguing.

Despite the renown of some of the actors (primarily Anthony Quinn and Anna Magnani) this movie suffers from over-acted cliche Italian characters and a central story line that offensively glosses over German atrocities in Italy during World War II.

Anthony Quinn looks like he is play "Zobra the Greek" again as a clownish Italian in director Stanley Kramer's predictable but entertaining comedy-drama "The Secret of Santa Vittoria," a World War II story that takes place in a hill town where wine is the chief virtue.

The Snoozer of Santa Vittoria .

What makes this comedy-drama worth watching are the performances of Quinn, Anna Magnani, Virna Lisa, and Hardy Kruger.

From that premise forward, the movie becomes dark and deeply compelling.