Miracle At St. Anna

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Miracle at St. Anna is a 2008 American–Italian epic war film directed by Spike Lee, and adapted by James McBride from his eponymous 2003 novel. The film stars Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, Pierfrancesco Favino and Valentina Cervi. Miracle at St. read more
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Miracle at St. Anna is a 2008 American–Italian epic war film directed by Spike Lee, and adapted by James McBride from his eponymous 2003 novel. The film stars Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, Pierfrancesco Favino and Valentina Cervi. Miracle at St. Anna is set primarily in Italy during German-occupied Europe in World War II. It tells the story of four Buffalo Soldiers of the 92nd Infantry Division who seek refuge in a small Tuscan village, where they form a bond with the residents. The story is presented as a flashback, as one survivor reflects upon his experiences in a frame story set in 1980s New York. Several real-life events that occurred during the war, such as the Sant'Anna di Stazzema massacre, are re-enacted, placing Miracle at St. Anna within the genre of historical fiction. Lee first learned of the novel in 2004 and approached McBride with the idea of a film adaptation. In Europe, the film's development attracted the attention of Italian film producers, and Lee’s reputation as an acclaimed filmmaker helped secure the $45 million budget. A majority of the film was shot in Italy, on several locations affected by World War II. Other filming locations included New York, Louisiana and The Bahamas. Frequent Lee collaborator Terence Blanchard composed the score, and the visual effects were created by Industrial Light & Magic. Miracle at St. Anna premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival before it was released on September 26, 2008. It was met with mostly negative reviews from critics and drew controversy in Italy over historical inaccuracies. During its theatrical run, Miracle at St. Anna was a box office disappointment, grossing only $9.3 million worldwide.

Original Release

09/26/2008

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Cast

John Leguizamo Enrico
Derek Luke 2nd Staff Sergeant Aubrey Stamps
Laz Alonso Corporal Hector Negron
Michael Ealy Sergeant Bishop Cummings
Omar Benson Miller Private First Class Sam Train
Matteo Sciabordi Angelo Torancelli (The Boy)
John Turturro Detective Antonio 'Tony' Ricci
Valentina Cervi Renata
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Tim Boyle
Kerry Washington Zana Wilder
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Spike Lee

Writers

James McBride

Cast

John Leguizamo Enrico
Derek Luke 2nd Staff Sergeant Aubrey Stamps
Laz Alonso Corporal Hector Negron
Michael Ealy Sergeant Bishop Cummings
Omar Benson Miller Private First Class Sam Train
Matteo Sciabordi Angelo Torancelli (The Boy)
John Turturro Detective Antonio 'Tony' Ricci
Valentina Cervi Renata
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Tim Boyle
Kerry Washington Zana Wilder
D.B. Sweeney Colonel Driscoll
Omari Hardwick Platoon Commander Huggs
Omero Antonutti Ludovico
Christian Berkel Captain Eichholz
Alexandra Maria Lara Axis Sally
Waldemar Kobus Colonel Pflueger
Oliver Korittke Fritz Bennecke
Alexander Beyer Nazi Soldier
Walton Goggins Captain Nokes
John Hawkes Herb Redneck

Producers

Jon Kilik Executive Producer
Marco Valerio Pugini Executive Producer
Roberto Cicutto Producer
Spike Lee Producer
Luigi Musini Producer
Beatriz Eliza Producer
David Pomier Producer
Butch Robinson Producer

Editors

Barry Alexander Brown

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