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Genres Drama War
Running Time 160 min
Release Date Sep 26, 2008
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Miracle at St. Anna

During World War II, members of the U.S. Army's all-black division are stationed in the Tuscany region of Italy. Four of the soldiers (Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller) become trapped behind enemy lines and separated from the rest of their unit after one of them risks his life to save an Italian boy.

Derek Luke 2nd Staff Sergeant Aubrey Stamps
Michael Ealy Sgt. Bishop Cummings
Laz Alonso Corporal Hector Negron
Omar Miller PFC Sam Train
Pierfrancesco Favino Peppi `The Great Butterfly' Grotta
Valentina Cervi Renata
Matteo Sciabordi Angelo Torancelli
John Turturro Det. Tony Ricci
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Tim Boyle
John Leguizamo Enrico

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Oct 03, 2008 - genglefins on Miracle at St. Anna
great story, but a little on the long side

I don't understand why so many people don't like Spike Lee. I guess they disagree with his politics or don't like his ferocious support of the New York Knicks. Whatever their ignorance is, they're missing out on a fantastic story.

Framed as a flashback, Miracle of St. Anna tells the story of four members of George Company, an all-black "Buffalo Soldier" army company in World War II Italy. They arrive in a remote Tuscan village surrounded by skirmishing Nazi soldiers and Partisan Rebels. In tow, the Americans bring an injured Italian boy and the head of a priceless marble statue salvaged from a destroyed bridge in Florence.

The film deals with the racism of the American army and the United States. The irony that black soldiers are fighting for the freedom of Europe while they themselves are second class citizens back home in the USA. At one point one of the characters remarks that he feels more free in occupied Italy than he does back home in America.

It's very important to see World War II depicted in film realistically. Films like "Saving Private Ryan," "Schindler's List," and "The Thin Red Line" have become recommended viewing for high school history students.

Miracle of St. Anna should be added to the curriculum, because it tells a story about how black soldiers were treated during a time in history that is often depicted as hyper- heroic or romantic.

Oct 03, 2008 - mbrdf2 on Miracle at St. Anna
Sad, but interesting movie

This movie touches base with many social issues, racism, war, relationships, etc.

It was a bit long, and some parts of the movie were fairly unnecessary in regards to plot development, but those portions definitely didn't make it a bad movie. The emphasis on the racial barrier between Caucasian and African American soldiers during WWII is touching. I haven't seen many movies that touched upon that subject, and this was a saddening portrayal of insensitivity to human life in regards to war. I found that it didn't glorify any army, showing good and bad among each participating nation, showing that people are put in situations simply because of circumstance, and not all people of an 'evil army' are genuinely bad people.

I didn't understand why the main character in the beginning played a fairly insignificant role in his two hour flashback, but it seems as if it was through his perspective, so the emphasis wasn't on him, rather the relationship between the soldiers in his company and the Europeans they meet along the way.

It had a number of disturbing scenes, and has some fairly graphic gun scenes, but if you can handle that, it is a very touching and sad movie.

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