This Dino De Laurentiis-produced re-creation of the decisive Italian military operation top-bills Robert Mitchum as a battle-weary war correspondent. Robert Ryan and Arthur Kennedy play generals, Peter Falk is the lovable Brooklynese corporal, and Earl Holliman is the country-boy sergeant. Anzio was based on the book by Wynford Vaughan Thomas. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
I guess that this movie was supposed to be some kind of "social commentary". It surely wasn't anything one would label as a documentary, or even historically accurate. It used the war more as a backdrop for trying to preach some sort of message that ended up making no sense at all. Some good supporting acting is all that (partially) salvaged this movie for me. one for being given an impossible job to accomplish. The entire movie can be summed by Mitchum asking himself a question at the beginning of the movie, which he tells the answer to to a general at the end of the film. "Why do men go to war and kill each other?", is the question (I am paraphrasing). The answer at the end of the movie? "Because they enjoy killing each other!". Wow, what philosophy!!! I've seen more insight in a Chinese fortune cookie. That's really the "take-away" message of the movie, which makes the entire film seem like a waste of time when it's over.
I guess this is an Italian's view of what he thinks American solders are like. Ridiculous and not even entertaining. Don't waste your time. There are a lot of great war movies . This isn't one of them.
I am a war movie fan of sorts and enoy books on military history. I wondered why I had not seen or heard much about this one since I was kid. Now I know why. This is a pretty crummy war movie! Very slow paced at the beginning. Little better toward the end. 2 stars may be generous.