Massacre in Rome

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Released 1973

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Massacre in Rome

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Released:
1973
Rating:
PG

Massacre in Rome is a 1973 Italian historical drama based on the book by Robert Katz. It tells the true story of the Roman Catholic priest Pietro Antonelli (Marcello Mastroianni) and the Nazi Lieutenant Colonel Kappler (Richard Burton) in the Nazi occupied Rome of 1944. After a partisan attack on a group of SS military police results in the death of 32 officers, Colonel Kappler orders Father Antonelli to gather a group of 320 innocent civilians to be massacred in retribution - ten Italians for every one German. Father Antonelli must struggle with his barbaric orders, which are being supported even by his superiors in the Vatican, and his own beliefs of pacifism and compassion. Meanwhile, Colonel Kappler's superior, Colonel Dollmann (John Steiner), becomes more and more difficult to work with, and General Kurt Maelzer (Leo McKern) begins to organize the civilians in preparation for the mass murder. Features a musical score by Ennio Morricone.

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