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The Secret of Santa Vittoria (Blu-Ray)

Anthony Quinn , Anna Magnani , Stanley Kramer    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anthony Quinn, Anna Magnani, Giancarlo Giannini, Leopoldo Trieste, Virna Lisi
  • Directors: Stanley Kramer
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Mediawith Classics
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0057L6MFO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,891 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Germany released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), German ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Italo Bombolini (Anthony Quinn) is the mayor of the hillside village of Santa Vittorio. The wine-loving town leader erases a pro-Mussolini slogan when he hears of the fascist being killed and hanged from a meathook. His wife Rosa (Anna Magnani) throws him out of their wine shop when he and his friends celebrate and he gives away too much wine. When he hears the retreating Nazi Army will soon be in town, hundreds of villagers turn out to hide the wine in an old Roman cave. The people work day and night, hiding 1 million bottles just before the Nazis enter the town. SS officers threaten death to anyone who withholds the wine. Italo presents a single bottle to the irate general (Hardy Kruger), as the hapless Germans are powerless to force the villagers to produce the coveted bottles. Not even a pistol to the head of their beloved mayor is effective as the town stands by, watching in complete silence. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Golden Globes, Oscar Academy Awards,


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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Santa Vittoria review 29 July 2009
By Mr. S. J. Matthews VINE VOICE
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I waited a long time for this to be available on DVD, only had it before as a copy of TV. One of those classic films that seemed to me to have never received it's full appreciation, great acting and presentation and recommended to anyone who likes a good film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb Fun 19 Nov 2010
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Anthony Quinn playing a drunken clown of a mayor, who surprises his fellow villagers. The superb Anna Magnani as his long-suffering, loud-mouthed wife and based on a true story of Nazis trying to steal 1 million bottles of their wine while the villagers attempt to keep it from them. Add a bit of love interest and a great Italian location and you have all ingredients for a rollicking, funny film you will play and play.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anthony Quinn fan 20 April 2009
By HK
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Never laughed so much. What an enjoyable film, but then again, for me, any film of Anthony Quinn is brilliant because I think he is an excellent first class actor. In this film his portrayal of Bombolini, coupled with Ana Magnani as his long suffering wife was excellent!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "What kind of people are you?" 28 Feb 2009
By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Bombolini (Anthony Quinn) is Santa Vittoria's resident fool, drunk, and lazy good-for-nothing, but everybody in town loves him. He becomes the new mayor just as the Germans are coming to occupy the village and confiscate over a million bottles of wine. Bombolini comes up with a plan to hide most of it, but will everyone keep the secret?

This drama with comedic elements has a lot going for it, especially Anthony Quinn in a happy-to-lucky role similar to his in Zorba The Greek with the wonderful Anna Magnani playing his long-suffering wife. Their scenes are full of earthy charm and raucous energy. Handsome Hardy Kruger plays the German captain who tries to find the wine; he's quite charming but his playfulness and non-violent approach to war are a bit hard to believe. Virna Lisi gives a solid performance as a troubled, snooty Countess who catches the captain's eye.

The movie, unfortunately, is too long by half, with the first hour moving at a snail's pace, and the energy fades when Quinn isn't on the screen. Still, I liked it a lot because the characters are real and endearing and the message of solidarity is a good one. Nicely photographed in Italy.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the secret of santa vittoria 24 Sep 2009
Format:DVD
very funny & sad at the same time,based on a true story which actually did happen as my in-laws are from that part of italy.worth watching for a evening in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
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Many thanks .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and beautiful 17 April 2014
By Ed
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At the start I was a bit miffed at an Italian film in English, but once I got over that it was a delicious voyage of charaterful light sprinkled charm, wish there were films made like this still.
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Have not seen this movie in such a long time, absolutely enjoyed it, Anthony Quinn and a great cast make this movie a hidden gem.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What do you do if you need a scapegoat? Choose an idiot!
Just a good story. (Based on a true one.....?)
Anthony Quinn always worth watching.
Good action - "will they, won't they get away with it.? Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The secret of santa vittoria.
Anthony Quinn is great in this film have not seen it in years, was looking at movies on amazon and saw it and thought i,ll have to have it,just as good as it was all those years... Read more
Published 10 months ago by stormtrooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Bought as a gift . Was warmly recieved as a great funny heart warming film, would reccomeneded to any one who has a heart
Published 14 months ago by Theresa Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars For any lover of History and Wine
Anthony Quinn is superb in this film about the tyranny of war and the possibility that a beautiful Italian town of Santa Vittoria could loose its lifeblood to the Germans 'Wine'. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Caroline O'Dowd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I saw this film years ago and thought it approppriate at this time with the election fo the new pope.an exellent movie gives a very good insight on how the pope is elected
Published 16 months ago by david harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Can remember seeing this film when I was young and it was a treat watching it again, very funny film
Published 18 months ago by S. Revill
3.0 out of 5 stars The Secret of the Missing Editing of Santa Vittoria
I watched this movie when I was a kid and, like some films do, it had an enduring appeal to me. I didn't know what it was called but I just remembered the funny film where they hid... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Merlin's Owl
1.0 out of 5 stars review
This DVD was not suitable for England. I expected as it was on Amazon UK it would have obviously been for the UK market. Clearly a waste of money and time. Read more
Published on 31 May 2011 by Carole
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
I remember seeing this delightful film years ago and was very pleased to get the DVD of it.
Published on 26 July 2010 by Mr. S. Redhead
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