“Maybe the film is too long...
“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!
“ 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.
“ Enjoyable Sunday afternoon entertainment.
“ The characters are bores and are hardly sympathetic.
“ From that premise forward, the movie becomes dark and deeply compelling.
“ The Snoozer of Santa Vittoria .
“What makes this comedy-drama worth watching are the performances of Quinn, Anna Magnani, Virna Lisa, and Hardy Kruger.
“ Their turbulent relationship is quite intriguing.
“ Watching people bicker for two hours is not comedy, it's tiresome.
“ After the propaganda of "Mussolini is always right" the new times for Santa Vittoria come...
“ 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.