Miracle at St. AnnaDirector: Spike Lee, Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso
Spike Lee's World War II film Miracle at St. Anna begins in 1983 with Hector Negron, a veteran of that war, unexpectedly shooting a customer dead. Police discover that the suspect, a quiet postal worker, kept a statue head worth millions of dollars in his apartment. An eager young reporter (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) interviews Negron in his cell about the mysterious artifact. While serving in the all-minority 92nd "Buffalo Soldier" Division, Negron and three comrades managed to sneak deep into enemy territory in Italy. One of the men, Sam Train (Omar Benson Miller), picked the head up while they were serving in Florence and believes it brings him good luck. Negron (Laz Alonso), Train, and Bishop Cummings (Michael Ealy), along with their sergeant, Aubrey Stamps (Derek Luke), take refuge in the Italian village of St. Anna, harbored by locals who are resisting the Nazis -- who themselves surround the area. Train also protects an injured Italian boy he discovers while investigating a seemingly abandoned dwelling. Eventually, the soldiers make contact with their superiors, and are ordered to capture a German so that he may be interrogated about an upcoming attack. Lee adapted Miracle at St. Anna from a novel by James McBride, who also penned the screenplay.
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- Touchstone / Disney
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Derek Luke||2nd Staff Sergeant Aubrey Stamps|
|Michael Ealy||Sergeant Bishop Cummings|
|Laz Alonso||Corp. Hector Negron|
|Omar Benson Miller||Private First Class Sam Train|
|Matteo Sciabordi||Angelo Torancelli -- the Boy|
|Joseph Gordon-Levitt||Tim Boyle|
|John Turturro||Detective "Tony" Ricci|
|Kerry Washington||Zana Wilder|
|D.B. Sweeney||Colonel Driscoll|
|Robert John Burke||General Ned Almond|
|Alexandra Maria Lara||Axis Sally|
|Pierfrancesco Favino||Pepi "the Great Butterfly" Grotta|
|Terence Blanchard||Score Composer|
|Barry Alexander Brown||Editor|
|Kim Taylor Coleman||Casting|
|Jon Kilik||Executive Producer|
|Matthew J. Libatique||Cinematographer|
|Carlo Poggioli||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Marco Valerio Pugini||Executive Producer|
|Donato Tieppo||Art Director|
|Tonino Zera||Production Designer|
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Miracle at St. Anna is a wonderful film adaptation of the novel which inspired it. There are however two things which really turned me off. The first occurs at the beginning of the film when Director Lee shows one of the main characters watching John Wayne in "The Longest Day" on tv. Mr. Lee use this as an opportunity to bash John Wayne and make a racial statement which is uncalled for & has absolutely nothing to do with the story. The second is the "jump here/jump there" filming which make s the story difficult to follow. Beyond that is the obligatory nudity & sex scene which again has nothing to do with the story. Better editing might have remedied that however the sweeping visuals, beautiful location, acting & suspense take up the slack. In conclusion I give the film 4 out of 5 stars.
My father IS a WWII vet and has a difficult time sharing much of what he experiended in Europe. This movie inspires me to find out historical facts related to that particular time in our history and I wanted to thank everyone who made it possible for us to see it through this particular medium. Aside from that significant personal point of reference, the movie is good. Better than good.
It was one of a few films I have seen that actually followed the plot as it is writen in the book. A little long for viewing but they managed to do it tastefully and the actors and plot were exceptional. The visualization was excellent and the scenery fantastic. I bought two copies of the movie and cherish them and they shall remain a favorite of mine for years to come. It is on par with A Soldiers Story. both portray the African American soldier as it truly was back then. My father served in the army and the movie only served to confirm the facts of life in the Amry for the black man in World War II. We need more of these films to show our children and let them know we are proud to be American and very much participate in protecting the freedoms we so readily enjoy.
This movie is a must see. You have to stay with it or you will loose the reasons for the way it is put together.