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  • Actors: Richard Burton, Leo Mckern, Marcello Mastroianni
  • Directors: George P. Cosmatos
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Argent Films
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar. 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037Z96AU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,412 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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MASSACRE IN ROME depicts one of the worst atrocities of the War which took place in Nazi occupied Rome sparking a searing political outrage: did the Vatican, then led by Pope Pius XII (referred to by some as Hitler's Pope ), kowtow to Nazism? After Italian Partisans killed 33 German soldiers by exploding a roadside bomb, Hitler ordered the immediate execution of 10 Roman citizens for each dead soldier. When the Vatican withdrew from the matter, a deadly confrontation ensued between a priest, (Mastroianni) and a Nazi Officer Kapler (Burton at his best) who had been ordered to administer what would become one of the most heinous war crimes: the massacre of 335 civilians.¬ Director Cosmatos and writer Robert Katz crank up the tension in this nerve-wracking dramatisation of Katz s own, highly contentious, 1967 best-seller Death in Rome in which he blamed Pope Pius XII for the massacre; and for which the author was sued, upon the film s release, by the Pope s heirs and sentenced to jail. The controversy continues to date as the present Pope, Benedict, has just declared Pius XII venerable - the first step towards Sainthood.¬ For 1st time on UK DVD, this film is presented as originally created: this is the complete version, now 4 min longer than ever, restored to its sumptuous original widescreen format. Directed by George P. Cosmatos (Rambo II, Tombstone) Starring Richard Burton, Leo Mckern & Marcello Mastroianni. Cinematography by award winning Marcello Gatti (Battle of Algiers). Music by Oscar ® winner Ennio Morricone EXTRAS Original English & Italian Theatrical Trailer "Argent Trailer Park" trailers for all Argent releases.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
Massacre in Rome aka Rappresaglia is a surprisingly sober look at the bureaucracy of evil. Focussing on the murder of 335 Italian civilians as reprisal for the killing of 33 SS men, it shows how the moral questions were submerged under the purely practical problems of logistics - where do you find them at such short notice? What if there aren't enough prisoners in jail or Jews in custody to make up the numbers? Where do you carry it out? Where do you dispose of the bodies? Who pulls the trigger? How drunk do you have to get your men to finish the whole operation in 24 hours? Throughout, moral implications and guilt are sidelined by paperwork, not just by the Nazis but also the Vatican, reluctant to get involved and still clinging to the belief that the Nazis are their only defense against the atheist threat of communism. This being an Italian film, however, a fictional composite of those priests who did attempt to avert the atrocity is included to avoid offending the faithful (Marcello Mastroianni's priest meeting his crisis of faith in a similar way to Kassovitz's in Amen. that can be interpreted as either rejection or vindication of his faith). Ironically, the only voices raised in moderation against the reprisal are Germans, because "We don't want our names read out on the BBC, do we?"

For someone who spent most of his career churning out hackwork, George Pan Cosmatos' direction is more than solid enough to avoid most of the usual international co-production pitfalls, trusting the material and, for the most part, keeping the cast from grandstanding.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine Prentice on 27 Aug. 2013
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Excellent film in memory of those who perished during the Nazi regime with Richard Burton & great cast of actors.
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By lycidas on 5 Feb. 2013
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I was really disappointed with this film which distinctly lacked any atmosphere. The Italian partisans and clergy were played mostly by Italian actors of whom only Mastroianni really impressed as the priest with principles. The Germans were played by Englishmen (or Welshmen if you want to be fussy). Leo McKern as the luftwaffe general did not convince, and who in the world would select Peter Vaughan to play the part of Kesselring ? The one person who could have had a decisive role in the story is not even seen - the Pope. The pious Catholic resignation not to 'upset the applecart' speaks volumes for the Vatican's attitude to the fate of 335 of its congregation. The twist in the final scene adds a touch of irony to the plot. The film concludes with a detailed list of the unfortunate hostages who met such a tragic fate in the grotto at Ardeatine. If only to emphasise their plight, the film was worth making.
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It was important that a book and a film were devoted to this terrible atrocity and my problem with the movie may say more about me. There were no English subtitles and I now seem to need them to hear everything, plus, although I love Mastroianni, I found it sometimes hard to understand his English. For example, at one point he looks out the window and starts saying something supposedly wise and heartfelt, but it took me several back-ups - and the context - before I realized he was talking about the dawn. Also, the surprise shocker at the end was so contrived that it lost its impact.
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By W. HALL on 11 Jan. 2014
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I was delighted to get this DVD as my only other copy is on VHS! On a visit to Rome long ago I visited the street where the action took place and then later to the caves where the Italians were shot.
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Although now a little dated and probably a low budget film Richard Burtons and Mastroiannis performances are superb.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graeme on 5 Aug. 2011
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Bought as part of research for a battlefield tour I was 'guiding' on. The film itself is ok if a little laboured and like most films is economical with the truth of what actually happened, and in particular what the actual characters were like in real life.

Take the film with a 'pinch of salt' and it is worth watching. I would reccommend it particulary if you intend to visit Rome and then go to the caves where the major event happened. Things like this should never be forgotten or swept away by the apologists!
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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Prof TBun on 17 Dec. 2004
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This is more like a dramatised documentary than a piece of entertainment. Some stories have to be told and this is one of them. Thankfully there is none of the opera of a Speilburg movie. It is a tastleful presentation throughout.
If you prefer the Discovery channel to Eastenders give it a go.
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