It seems unfair to dismiss this film with a few words of skill and prolific Dmytryk (along with Colette), whose theme is an important historical event in the military campaign in Italy between the end of '43 and the liberation of Rome and so many young lives cost to both sides. How much of what is told in the film history and what is fantasy? In fact, the film speaks of the few survivors of the battalions of rangers, sent to take Cisterna.
The over-cautious initial cost dearly. The Germans could hardly drive out the allies at sea, and only after 4 ½ months of grueling fight the Allies managed to break through and arrive in Rome (just 50 km). The director describes the discharge as occurred and, with the eyes of a war correspondent, he mentions that, immediately after landing, you could get to Rome (this part is too fanciful: how could a jeep covering 50km without being seen and enter a city completely empty). Instead, well described the destruction of two battalions of Rangers. Certainly exceed the espionage activities by the 6 survivors who had already their fish to fry, to return to the bridgehead. But the substance of the story is true and who does not experience a surge of pity for so many young lives cut short in the struggle for liberation from Nazi-fascism, does not deserve respect. The film is thus the story of an act of war actually happened and the possibility of preventing many deaths if the command had been more suitable. I confess that when I saw the endless rows of white crosses in the cemetery of war Neptune had a lump of emotion. Overall the film is enriched by a beautiful photograph of Rotunno and supported by appropriate music Ortolani, although with some excess, flows and attentive despite the gender war content. Good and credible performance of the actors