1960s The Battle of El-Alamein (1968)

Published on November 5th, 2007 | by Chris

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The Battle of El-Alamein (1968)


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I can't say I enjoyed it much, but it did provide an interesting perspective that I hadn't considered before. And for that I will recommend watching The Battle of El-Alamein just once.

The Battle of El-Alamein (1968)Out of the blue comes an Italian produced film which "highlights" the Italian involvement in North Africa during the early days of World War II, most notably during The Battle of El-Alamein.  British forces mounted an offensive against Rommel and the Axis forces, and although Rommel retreated, the Italian forces did not, and were subsequently decimated.

Now really, I don't think this film's intent is to somehow "celebrate" Italy's involvement with the Reich.  That much is clear, especially as the film goes on and the Nazi powers, most notably Rommel himself, are portrayed as caring about nothing but their own well-being... leaving the Italians high-and-dry so to speak while preserving their own ranks.

I think this picture was made simply to pay some sort of homage and respect to the soldiers who did what they were told to do.  Yeah, that doesn't make it any better, but its a noble sentiment at least.

As for the picture itself, well, I have to say its actually rather dull.  Sure there are lots of battle scenes and the like, but overall it just plays out like a less-exciting docu-drama.  The focus lies on an Italian squadron, headed by a seemingly-poorly-trained and headstrong Lieutenant Giorgio Borri (Frederick Stafford) who learns in the end to stop being such a typical officer type and winds up sacrificing himself for the preservation of the rest of his squad.

Strangely enough I couldn't tell if I was watching a bad dub-job or if the audio was that badly synced to the picture.  If you've ever seen the Italian westerns with Eastwood like "The Good Bad and the Ugly" etc. it sort of looks like that.  To top it off the soundtrack takes on a distinctly Italian flavor, also along the same lines as those pictures.  Not your typical classical fare anyway.

Overall I can't say I enjoyed it much, but it did provide an interesting perspective that I hadn't considered before.  And for that I will recommend watching The Battle of El-Alamein just once.

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Binding: DVD
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Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
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Manufacturer: Miracle Pictures
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Actors:
  • George Hilton
  • Michael Rennie

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True account of Italian Bravery, July 5, 2002
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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... Read more
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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
This review is from: The Battle of El Alamein (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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Low Budget film with rare historical accuracy, July 4, 2005
This review is from: The Battle of El Alamein (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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The Battle of El-Alamein (1968) Chris

Summary: I can't say I enjoyed it much, but it did provide an interesting perspective that I hadn't considered before. And for that I will recommend watching The Battle of El-Alamein just once.

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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.



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