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The Assisi Underground Details


Set during World War II, The Assisi Underground deals with the efforts made by a handful of hardy European souls to rescue Jews from the Holocaust. [[Performer~P15905~Ben Cross~bencross]] plays a dynamic young Catholic priest who puts his own life on the line to save thousands of refugees from Nazi-occupied Italy. While the role of the Vatican in the war is still a matter of hot debate, there can be no denying that individuals like [[Performer~P15905~Cross~bencross]] existed: in fact, virtually every event depicted in this film is based on an actual event. Featured in the all-star cast are [[Performer~P101610~James Mason~jamesmason]], [[Performer~P54947~Irene Papas~irenepapas]], and [[Performer~P110140~Maximillian Schell~maximilianschell]]. When originally released, [[Feature~V179548~Assissi Underground~underground]] clocked in at 178 minutes, resulting in a well-intentioned but frankly boring wartime epic. The producers whittled the running time down to 118 minutes for its general release. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Ben Cross
as Padre Rufino
James Mason
as Bishop Nicolini
Irene Papas
as Mother Giuseppina
Maximilian Schell
as Col. Mueller
Karlheinz Hackl
as Capt. Von Velden
Riccardo Cucciolla
as Luigi Brizzi
Angelo Infanti
as Giorgio Kropf
Paolo Malco
as Paolo Josza
Tom Felleghy
as Gen. Bremer
Delia Boccardo
as Countess Cristina
Roberto Bisacco
as Prof. Rieti
Didi Ramati
as Mrs. Eva Rieti
Greta Vaillant
as Rita Maionica
Jorge Krimer
as Edward Gelb
Maurice Poli
as Vito "The Smuggler"
Geoffrey Coppleston
as Police Chief Bertolucci
Helmut Hagen
as Capt. Knabbe
Massimo Sarchielli
as Don Paolo
Roberta Manfredi
as Hella Gelb
Maya Ramati
as Hanna Gelb
Gian Carlo Prete
as Col. Gay
Alfredo Pea
as Gino Bartali
Max Turilli
as Prison Guard
Sergio Nicolai
as Don Brunacci
Carlos de Carvalho
as English Officer
Alexander Ramati
as Arrested Refugee
Pier Francesco Aiello
as Mario the Shoeshine Boy
Alfredo Varelli
as Monsignore
Luigi Marturano
as Interpreter
Paolo Giusti
as Lt. Podda
Venantino Venantini
as Pietro "The Smuggler"
Carlo Monni
as SS Sergeant, Prison
Francesco Carnelutti
as Forester
Margherita Sala
as Mrs. Gelb
Marne Maitland
as Rabbi
Alessandra Mussolini
as Sister Beata
Gabriella D'Olive
as Sister Amata
Mark Malicz
as Jacob Baruch
Renato Miracco
as Brother Felice
Edmund Purdom
as Cardinal Della Costa
Claudia Costa
as Girl in Cafe Assisi
Franco Trevisi
as Don Giovanni


Alexander Ramati
Menahem Golan
Yoram Globus
John Thompson
Alexander Ramati
Alexander Ramati
Book Author
Giuseppe Rotunno
Pino Donaggio
Composer (Music Score)
Dov Seltzer
Composer (Music Score)
Dov Seltzer
Musical Direction/Supervision
Luciano Spadoni
Production Designer
Nello Giorgetti
Set Designer
Adriana Spadaro
Costume Designer
Giovanni Corridori
Special Effects