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Massacre in Rome

  • Drama
  • 1973
  • George Pan Cosmatos
  • 99 mins
  • 15

Summary

Fact-based Second World War drama about the infamous mass execution in Rome in March 1944, when more than 300 Italian prisoners, partisans and citizens were put to death by the Nazis in retaliation for a roadside bomb attack on a German patrol. A troubled German officer is ordered to carry out the killings, while a priest is outraged by the Vatican's refusal to intervene. Starring Richard Burton, Marcello Mastroianni and Leo McKern.

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Review

Rating: 1 out of 5.

This war drama stars Richard Burton as the German commandant in Rome and Marcello Mastroianni as a priest trying to prevent mass executions in retaliation for the death of German troops at the hands of the partisans. The two fine actors have to gargle with some awful dialogue, and the pace would make a snail itch with impatience. A resounding flop everywhere except Italy, the film made headline news when a niece of Pope Pius XII sued the author of the original novel, as well as director George Pan Cosmatos and producer Carlo Ponti for claiming her uncle was a Nazi collaborator. She won the case, and all were sentenced to 18 months in jail, though legal entanglements ensured they never went inside.

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Credits

Cast

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Col KapplerRichard Burton
Father Pietro AntonelliMarcello Mastroianni
General Kurt MaelzerLeo McKern
Colonel DollmannJohn Steiner
ElenaDelia Boccardo

Crew

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DirectorGeorge Pan Cosmatos

Details

Theatrical distributor
Grand National Pictures Ltd
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, some swearing.
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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