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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review of film: “MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA” -- Problems ’midst those supposedly on the “SAME” side in a War

Review of film:  “MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA  --  Problems ’midst those supposedly on the “SAME” side in a War =   
                           [ Rating:  8.5 of 10 stars ]
Date Rated: Sep 24, 2008 | Rel. Date: Sep 26, 2008 =

[Based on an advance preview:]  I had an uncle, LAURIE, who’d been an American PILOT fighting the Axis in Italy in World War II. He’d once commented to me that, tho a number of his fellow pilots were fairly racist & disliked working with the all-black American TUSKEGEE AIRMEN, he’d found them to be EXCELLENT pilots & was always PLEASED to have them helping out on missions...

...  That same basic WWII racism is at the heart of Spike Lee’s new movie about a company of black SOLDIERS fighting and getting caught behind enemy lines in northern Italy...

...  DEREK LUKE plays Staff Sgt Stamps; MICHAEL EALY is Sgt Cummings; LAZ ALONZO is Cpl Negron; & OMAR BENSON MILLER is Pvt Train (around whom the story sort of revolves)...

...  The movie has some unnecessary scenes (& length to some)-- but it’s a very EFFECTIVE, hard-hitting and thought-provoking story of some of the difficulties faced in the way people of different nations and attitudes fight for their own country and its then-current supposed political goals.

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