Anzio The Beast A Soldier's Story

  |  Buy to Own: 06/09/2004
  |  315 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Trio of war films. In 'Anzio' (1968), American war correspondent Dick Ennis (Robert Mitchum) lands with the Allied forces at Anzio, commandeers a jeep, and drives all the way to Rome and back without encountering the enemy. When he reports this to the commanding officer, he learns that the Allies intend to build a beach stronghold before pressing on to Rome. However, this delay gives the German forces time to build their strength, and soon the Allies finds themselves trapped on the beachhead, engaged in a ferocious confrontation which will go down in history as one of the bloodiest battles of the Second World War. 'The Beast' (1988) is set in Afghanistan in 1981. The Russians are locked in a long and difficult combat with the fearsome Mujahedeen guerillas. A group of Soviet tanks becomes separated from the rest of its unit, causing a trigger-happy tension among the Russian crew. But when the bloodthirsty commander Daskal (George Dzundza) vents his frustration on a helpless Afghani village, he pushes the moral qualms of his soldiers to breaking point, potentially leading to an outright mutiny. 'A Soldier's Story' (1984) is based on Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize winning play, and features most of the cast from the original stage production. Captain Davenport (Howard E. Rollins) is a US army attorney assigned to tackle the case of Sergeant Waters (Adolph Caesar), a black man who was brutally murdered at a training camp in Fort Neal, Louisiana. Davenport soon discovers that the murdered man was a ruthless and vicious bully, and begins to question the widely-held assumption that the murder was racially motivated.