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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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On a magical Greek island a soldier is about to discover that it is better to make love instead of war [Australian theatrical] 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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Mediterráneo  »

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$4,532,791 (USA)
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The Italian Navy has had several ships named Giuseppe Garibaldi in its fleet over the years. During World War II a cruiser bore the name, but unlike it is shown in the movie no supply vessel was ever named after the national hero and general. 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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Poetry and the Sea

Mediterraneo is all about the sea.

It is actually part of a trilogy from Salvatores (with Marrakech Express and Turne') about those who run away.

It's about friendships, it's about people living their life in this beautiful planet. Enjoying the stars and the deep blue sea.

It's about the stupidity of war, and how soldiers are foremost people and they should never forget that. (Notice the line on how good it would be if you trade weapons for hashish)

It's about man being the same over millennia, since what makes him feel alive and happy has not changed a bit. Since what so many people fret about is the ugly uselessness of power. (Notice the ancient Greek poetries that are read at night)

This movie is all about the greatest sea there is, the sea that will always be at the center of everyone's life. It's the sea for man. The oceans are not for man's size.

It's the sun, it's blue and white.


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