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Mediterraneo (1991)

In WW2, an Italian Army unit of misfits occupies an isolated non-strategic Greek island for the duration of the war.

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Eliseo Strazzabosco (as Luigi Alberti)
Ugo Conti ...
Memo Dini ...
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Greek Sea, World War II. An Italian ship leaves a handful of soldiers in a little island; their mission is to spot enemy ships and to hold the island in case of attack. The village of the island seems abandoned and there isn't a single enemy in sight, so the soldiers begin to relax a little. Things change when their ship is hit and destroyed by the enemy, and the soldiers find themselves abandoned there. Actually, the island isn't deserted and when the Greeks understand that those Italians are harmless, they came out of their hiding places in the mountains and continue their peaceful lives. Soon the soldiers discover that being left behind in a God-forgotten Greek island isn't such a bad thing, after all... Written by Flavio Rizzardi <spillo@maya.dei.unpid.it>

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Sent to invade a remote Greek island, eight misfit sailors discover a magical place where anything can happen! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Rated R for sexuality, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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31 January 1991 (Italy)  »

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Mediterráneo  »

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$4,532,791 (USA)
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The plane that lands on the improvised football field is a German built Fieseler Fi 156 "Storch", a liaison aircraft. It was able to take off after just 50m of runway and remain airborne at speeds below 50km/h. It was used extensively on all fronts by all armies of the Axis Powers. See more »

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Nicola Lorusso: Know what this reminds me of? When the vacation was over. That's when we went back to school. Vacation was over and we headed home. This atmosphere here reminds me of that moment. I wonder if it's right. The world changes, and we're here. Right or not, that' how it is.Destiny can be manipulated. You can try to have things go as you'd like. One can change destiny.
Luciano Colasanti: It's not easy. Sometimes one has to obey destiny.
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What a beautiful work of art
17 August 2000 | by (Bogota, Colombia) – See all my reviews

Whatever you can ask for in a film is sure to be found in Mediterraneo. This is certainly one of the best European films of the decade; very warm, appealing, and hilarious. The story of a small group of Italian soldiers (they're not actually very soldier-like) stranded on a beautiful Greek island during Second World War is very nicely depicted by director Gabriele Salvatores. The characters of Nicola Lorusso, Raffaele Montini and the soldier in love with Vassilisa are great. The island itself is beautiful, which calls to some incredible cinematography. The musical score is spectacular, a delicious medley of Italian and Greek folkloric music. My verdict: 10 / 10


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