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    Added on: 2/4/2010 14:27
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    Massacre in Rome (Rappresaglia)

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    Certificate: 15
    Running Time: 100min
    Retail Price: 8.99
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    Content Type: Movie

    MASSACRE IN ROME depicts one of the worst atrocities of the War which took place in Nazi occupied Rome sparking a searing political outrage: did the Vatican, then led by Pope Pius XII (referred to by some as "Hitler's Pope"), kowtow to Nazism?

    After Italian Partisans killed 33 German soldiers by exploding a roadside bomb, Hitler ordered the immediate execution of 10 Roman citizens for each dead soldier. When the Vatican withdrew from the matter, a deadly confrontation ensued between a priest, (Mastroianni) and a Nazi Officer Kapler (Burton at his best) who had been ordered to administer what would become one of the most heinous war crimes: the massacre of 335 civilians.­

    Director Cosmatos and writer Robert Katz crank up the tension in this nerve-wracking dramatisation of Katz's own, highly contentious, 1967 best-seller "Death in Rome" in which he blamed Pope Pius XII for the massacre; and for which the author was sued, upon the film's release, by the Pope's heirs and sentenced to jail. The controversy continues to date as the present Pope, Benedict, has just declared Pius XII "venerable" - the first step towards Sainthood.­

    Special Features:
    • Original English & Italian Theatrical Trailer

    • "Argent Trailer Park" - trailers for all Argent releases.

    Directed By:
    George P. Cosmatos

    Written By:

    Richard Burton
    Marcello Mastroianni
    Leo McKern
    John Steiner
    Anthony Steel
    Robert Harris

    Soundtrack By:
    Ennio Morricone

    Director of Photography:
    Marcello Gatti

    Françoise Bonnot
    Roberto Silvi

    Production Designer:
    Morton Haack

    Carlo Ponti

    Argent Films

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