Miracle at St. Anna

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Released 2008

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Director:
Spike Lee
Released:
2008
Rating:
R

Miracle at St. Anna is a 2008 war drama from director Spike Lee. While investigating a shooting by a postal clerk, NYPD Detective Tony Ricci (John Turturro) finds an antique Italian marble head that has been missing since World War II. The clerk, Hector Negron (Laz Alonso), suddenly shot a customer for seemingly no reason but the artwork gives a clue. The story then shifts to Tuscany, Italy, to four Buffalo soldiers, the African-American unit during the war: Staff Sergeant Aubrey Stamps (Derek Luke), Sergeant Bishop Cummings (Michael Ealy), Private Sam Train (Omar Benson Miller) and Negron, then a young Corporal. In spite of enemy fire, they reach Colognora, a small village, with Angelo (Matteo Sciabordi), a shell-shocked young Italian boy. They receive orders to capture a German for military intelligence with the help of the villagers. Over the course of the night, the answer to Negron's shooting at the post office will be answered

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  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    It is in the fragile bonds that form between the black soldiers and the Italian villagers that Miracle at St. Anna breaks free of its own grandiosity and tells a grounded, moving, ...

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Pedestrian and awkward, this film is a disappointment not only in comparison with Lee's earlier epic, the underrated " Malcolm X," but also in comparison with another film with sim...

  • 20

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    This is a sloppy stew in which the ingredients of battle action, murder mystery, little-kid sentiment and history lesson don't mix well.

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    African-American Drama, Military & War