Miracle At St Anna - Preview & trailer
Preview by Jack Foley
MIRACLE at St Anna is a gripping, big budget war epic focusing on the famous Buffalo Soldiers – the segregated 92nd Infantry Division consisting of 15,000 American soldiers serving in Italy during the Second World War.
When four soldiers are caught up behind enemy lines and separated from their unit, they must soon form an allegiance with the villagers to stand up to the terrifying oncoming Nazi attack.
Directed by legendary filmmaker Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Inside Man) and featuring an all-star cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, Brick), John Turturro (Transformers, The Big Lebowski) and Kerry Washington (Ray), Miracle at St Anna is an explosive true story of heroism packed with drama, action and spectacular battles.
The film also stars Laz Alonso, Derek Luke, Omar Benson Miller and Michael Ealy.
Among the positive reviews the film received, Roger Ebert criticised its editing, but praised it overall and described it as “epic” with “one of the best battle scenes I can remember, on par with Saving Private Ryan.”
He added: “When you see one of his [Spike Lee] films, you’re seeing one of his films. Miracle at St. Anna contains richness, anger, history, sentiment, fantasy, reality, violence and life. Maybe too much. Better than too little.”
Historical fact: The 92nd Infantry Division was a unit of the United States Army in World War I and World War II. Organized in October 1917 at Camp Funston, Kansas, the unit was formed with African American soldiers from all states.
Before leaving for France in 1918, the buffalo was selected as the divisional insignia due to the Buffalo Soldiers nickname, given to African American cavalrymen by Native Americans in the 19th century.
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Extras: Behind-the-scenes featurette; B-roll; Cast and crew interviews; The Buffalo Soldier Experience (exclusive to Blu-ray).
Running time: 160mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: June 27, 2011