6/21/09 -- DVD ALERT
Miracle at St. Anna (2008) (Rated R, 160 min.)
Spike Lee's controversial movie of the Buffalo Soldiers -- Set in 1944 Italy, the story of four black American soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII while fighting against the Nazis. As they make their way across lines with a shell-shocked and feverish little boy in tow, their story of prejudice and bravery unfolds while dealing with both German and American fire.
This one, I fear, got mired in the controversary of its subject matter, instead of standing on its merits. I loved this movie -- though almost 2 1/2 hrs, I didn't notice. A captivating story told from a new and needed point of view. With a backdrop of prejudice, small village mythology and patriotism -- a miracle is found. A must see.
5 of 5 movie tix