The Secret of Santa Vittoria

1969

Comedy / Drama / War

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 67%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 82%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 3378

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Virna Lisi as Caterina
Anthony Quinn as Bombolini
Anna Magnani as Rosa
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
2 hr 19 min
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PG-13
23.976 fps
2 hr 19 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Nazi_Fighter_David 8 / 10

'What kind of people are you?'

When Fabio (Giancarlo Giannini) came screaming Mussolini's death, the villagers of Santa Vittoria were quiet indifferent... But when he returned much later shouting that the Germans are coming to take the wine of Santa Vittoria, this was different! It was the beginning of an amazing adventure...

Italo Bombolini (Anthony Quinn), is the beloved mayor of the hillside village of Santa Vittorio... He is in terrible crisis... Where to hide his precious wine? l,317,000 bottles more or less...

Tufa (Sergio Franchi), who has deserted the crumbling Italian army and has returned home in despair, recommends him to conceal a million bottles of wine in the tunnels of an old Roman cave outside of Santa Vittoria, and to hide them in such a way, that "if" the Germans enter the cave looking for the wine, 'they will see an empty cave!'

Rosa (Anna Magnani) enlists the entire town for that purpose... When German commander Sepp Von Prum (Hardy Kruger) arrives, it becomes a battle of wits for the possession of the wine...

Von Prum is distracted in his search by Bombolini's protests of ignorance and by the Contessa's obvious charms... The local Contessa, Caterina Malatesta is played by the exquisite blonde Virna Lisi...

The last scene of the film is hilarious!

We see the German Officer leaving, and Bombolini – a bottle of wine in his hand – addressing him: 'To the captain, from the people of Santa Vittoria. It's not a great wine but it's not bad!'

The captain receives the bottle whispering to Bombolini: 'You're sure you can spare it?'

Bombolini replies: 'Oh, there's one million more where this came from.'

You can imagine the face of Hardy Kruger—extremely good as the German Captain...

Maybe the film is too long... But it is a great joy to see two legendary stars, Quinn and Magnani, dancing with the whole town of Santa Vittoria...

Great score... Great fun!

Reviewed by celebes 9 / 10

Very good Quinn

I missed the first half hour on Turner last night, but tuned in and was thoroughly entertained. This is top notch Anthony Quinn- he is terrific, and the entire cast is excellent. Looking forward to seeing the entire film now. Unlike another reviewer, I loved his over-the-top reaction to the German Captain's telling him he wanted the village's wine. Hardy Kruger, as the captain, gives a nuanced performance that adds a great deal to the film.

One of the great joys of this movie is the Italian location and extras. The economics of contemporary movie making rarely allow for true location shooting anymore, and its too bad. As these films from the 60s and 70s age, they become increasingly valuable as an historical record.

This movie also has a wonderful heart- it's a celebration of what makes life worth living. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by rlynch-5 8 / 10

Town idiot becomes mayor, Germans invade ... wine at risk

In short there is no other move quite like it. One of those that you might not think to rent, but if you find yourself at the beginning of it, you'll not leave until you see the ending. Quinn is excellent.

The nutshell is that The Germans are coming, and the town has lost all of its older boys and men to the Italian army. They're a wine-producing town, and elect the town-fool to be the "mock mayor". The problem is that they need to hide the wine from the Germans, being their only real treasure. From that premise forward, the movie becomes dark and deeply compelling. I believe that these are some of the best performances of the star-studded actors...

I recommend it, as one of life's "must see's".

(PS: I'm a tough critic, so an "8" for me is just about tops)

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