Massacre in Rome

Rome's Gestapo chief (Burton) and a Catholic priest (Mastroianni) size up over the problem of reprisals during the last days of the Nazi occupation in WWII. Although based on fact, the film invents Mastroianni's character for the dramatic purposes of face-to-face confrontation. The ensuing debate, cumbersome and full of doughty moralising about non-involvement and complicity, results in a hands down victory for Burton's well-modulated vowels over Mastroianni's limited machine-gun English. Cosmatos' cripplingly emphatic direction reveals every creak in the plot and displays no whit of faith in an audience's intelligence.

Release details

Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: George Pan Cosmatos
Screenwriter: Robert Katz, George Pan Cosmatos
Cast: Richard Burton
Marcello Mastroianni
Leo McKern
John Steiner
Robert Harris
Delia Boccardo
Peter Vaughan
Anthony Steel

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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HowardT

I saw this last night and didn't think it was half bad at all. Burton's a little bit keen on himself, and some of the characters are charicatures, but it was worth a watch.

HowardT

I saw this last night and didn't think it was half bad at all. Burton's a little bit keen on himself, and some of the characters are charicatures, but it was worth a watch.

mohan jadhav

The best film 'the superb acting by the two legendary actors Rischard Burton and marcello mastr0ianni

mohan jadhav

The best film 'the superb acting by the two legendary actors Rischard Burton and marcello mastr0ianni

Rich

I remember this film and it moved me. Maybe I was too young to be jaded like this reviewer.

Rich

I remember this film and it moved me. Maybe I was too young to be jaded like this reviewer.