The Secret of Santa Vittoria
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The Secret of Santa Vittoria
Italo Bombolini (Anthony Quinn) is the mayor of the hillside village of Santa Vittorio. The wine-loving town leader erases a pro-Mussolini slogan when he hears of the fascist being killed and hanged from a meathook. His wife Rosa (Anna Magnani) throws him out of their wine shop when he and his friends celebrate and he gives away too much wine. When he hears the retreating Nazi Army will soon be in town, hundreds of villagers turn out to hide the wine in an old Roman cave. The people work day and night, hiding 1 million bottles just before the Nazis enter the town. SS officers threaten death to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Carrying charm, suspense, romance, the production offers Anthony Quinn at his seasoned best, a plot and unfoldment that holds the spectator."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"An amusing WW II story."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Lost without a message to sledgehammer home, Kramer turned to bombastic comedy with this World War II yarn."
‑ , Time Out
"Quinn, as always, is the highlight in this fine Stanley Kramer production."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"There's not one affecting, surprising or spontaneous moment in the picture."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The sort of film you usually fall asleep in front of on a Sunday afternoon -- later to wish you'd stayed awake for the outcome."
‑ , Film4
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