Miracle at St. Anna

September 26th, 2008


Miracle at St. Anna

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Set in 1944 Italy, the story of four black American soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.0/10 (10,652 voted)

Critic's Score: 37/100

Director: Spike Lee

Stars: Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso

Christmas, 1983. A New York postal clerk, a Buffalo Soldier in Italy in World War II, shoots a stranger. In his apartment, police find a valuable Italian marble head, missing since the war. Flashbacks tell the story of four Black soldiers who cross Tuscany's Serchio River, dodging German and friendly fire. With a shell-shocked boy in tow, they reach the village of Colognora. Orders via radio tell them to capture a German soldier for questioning about a counteroffensive. In the village, a beautiful woman, partisans that include a traitor and a local legend, the boy, and the story of a recent massacre connect to the postal worker's anguish forty years later. And the miracle?

Writers: James McBride, James McBride

Derek Luke - 2nd Staff Sergeant Aubrey Stamps
Michael Ealy - Sergeant Bishop Cummings
Laz Alonso - Corporal Hector Negron
Omar Benson Miller - Private First Class Sam Train
Pierfrancesco Favino - Peppi 'The Great Butterfly' Grotta
Valentina Cervi - Renata
Matteo Sciabordi - Angelo Torancelli (The Boy)
John Turturro - Detective Antonio 'Tony' Ricci
Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Tim Boyle
John Leguizamo - Enrico
Kerry Washington - Zana Wilder
D.B. Sweeney - Colonel Driscoll
Robert John Burke - General Ned Almond
Omari Hardwick - Platoon Commander Huggs
Omero Antonutti - Ludovico

Taglines: World War II Has Its Heroes And Its Miracles.


Official Website: Official site [Japan] | Official site [United States] |

Release Date: 26 September 2008

Filming Locations: Former Greenpoint Savings Bank Main Branch - 807 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $3,477,996 (USA) (28 September 2008) (1185 Screens)

Gross: $7,916,887 (USA) (23 November 2008)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Wesley Snipes was originally cast in the film, but was forced to drop out due to pending tax-evasion charges.

Anachronisms: Many of the German soldiers carry K98k rifles that are missing sight hoods and cleaning rods. These parts being missing indicate that the weapons were likely captured and stripped down by the Soviets during or after the war. A rifle in German service would have these parts.

Private First Class Sam Train: God don't like ugly...
Sergeant Bishop Cummings: Well, he don't seem to like pretty a whole helluva lot either.

User Review

Two Hours And Forty Minutes

Rating: 2/10

Endless, unbearable. Italian actors overacting shamelessly and Spike Lee losing track of his own talents. The self indulgence mixed with the confusion made this "epic" one of the most difficult films to sit through in long, long time. During my visit to Los Angeles I was invited to a few screenings but this one was the one I longed for. Terrible let down. It's been a long time since "Do The Right Thing" and I have the feeling that it has to do with Spike Lee's vision of himself as a filmmaker. There is a lack of humility that blurs everything he does and "Miracle At St Anna" is a perfect example of that. In a way "The Inside Man", his genre commercial outing, was more honest and disciplined than anything his done of late. I can't imagine this film making any money so maybe Mr Lee will have the space to reflect. I certainly hope so because I'm sure he still has some aces up his sleeve.


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