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

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31 January 1991 (Italy)  »

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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: Life isn't enough.One life isn't enough for me. There aren't enough days too many things to do, too many ideas. Every sunset upsets me because another day has gone by. Then I'm moved, because I'm alone, a tiny dot in the universe. I'd like to watch sunsets with my mother or with a woman I might love. I'd like to spend the nights alone, or maybe with a beautiful slut which is better than alone Did the Turk leave any of that stuff? "Dunno" was his name. If things were always this way, if they ...
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A funny, gentle story
10 June 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

A squad of Italian soldiers arrives to occupy a remote Greek island during WW2, but soon goes native as the immediacy of the war slowly recedes from their island paradise. I enjoyed this film immensely. I hope this is only available in the original Italian with subtitles. The dialog among the soldiers is so quintessentially Italian and funny, that a dubbed version would lose almost everything in translation. The locations are terrific, the plot development is subtle but never boring, and it's a joy to watch a film that encourages you to lean forward and savor it, rather than one that pins you in your seat with technology and effects.


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