The Greatest Battle
The Greatest Battle (Italian: Il grande attacco, lit. 'The Great Attack') is a 1978 Euro War film co-written and directed by Umberto Lenzi and starring an all-star ensemble cast, including Helmut Berger, Giuliano Gemma, Stacy Keach, Samantha Eggar, Henry Fonda, John Huston, Guy Doleman, and the voice of Orson Welles. The Italian-West German-Yugoslavian co-production was produced by Mino Loy and Luciano Martino for Titanus. It was also released under the titles The Biggest Battle and Battle Force
|The Greatest Battle|
Italian DVD cover
|Directed by||Umberto Lenzi|
|Produced by||Mino Loy|
|Story by||Umberto Lenzi|
|Narrated by||Orson Welles|
|Music by||Franco Micalizzi|
|Edited by||Eugenio Alabiso|
The plot follows two families, one American and one German, and how their lives are affected by World War II.
- Helmut Berger as Lt. Kurt Zimmer
- Samantha Eggar as Annelise Hackermann
- Giuliano Gemma as Captain Malcolm Scott
- Henry Fonda as Brig. Gen. Harold Foster
- John Huston as Sean O'Hara
- Stacy Keach as Lt. Manfred Roland
- Ray Lovelock as John Foster
- Aldo Massasso as Jean
- Guy Doleman as Brig. Gen. Whitmore
- Venantino Venantini as Michael
- Patrick Reynolds as Christopher
- Ida Galli as Miss Scott
- Rik Battaglia as Yves
- Edwige Fenech as Danielle
- Andrea Bosic as Mimis Parnat
- Mirko Ellis as Captain Hans Becker
- Giacomo Rossi Stuart as Batelli
- Michele Soavi as Ted Foster
- Orson Welles as the Narrator
For Mick Martin and Marsha Porter it shows "lots of phony battle scenes, bad acting, and a poor script". Leonard Maltin writes: "Amateurish muddle about WW2 combines tired vignettes with well-known stars, dubbed sequences with others, and newsreel footage narrated by Orson Welles. A waste of everybody's time".
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- Mick Martin, Marsha Porter. DVD & video guide 2005. Ballantine Books, 2004. ISBN 0-345-44995-9.
- Leonard Maltin. Leonard Maltin's TV movies and video guide. Plume, 2003. ISBN 0-452-28478-3.