Miracle at St. Anna

Synopsis: Christmas, 1983. A New York postal clerk, a Buffalo Soldier in Italy in World War II, shoots a stranger. In his apartment, police find a valuable Italian marble head, missing since the war. Flashbacks tell the story of four Black soldiers who cross Tuscany's Serchio River, dodging German and friendly fire. With a shell-shocked boy in tow, they reach the village of Colognora. Orders via radio tell them to capture a German soldier for questioning about a counteroffensive. In the village, a beautiful woman, partisans that include a traitor and a local legend, the boy, and the story of a recent massacre connect to the postal worker's anguish forty years later. And the miracle?
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Spike Lee
Production: Touchstone Pictures
  2 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
160 min

[man on television]

I can't hear you.

It's them bells!

I've had them in my ears

for ten hours.

Ding, dong, ding, dong.

[man 2] Hey, sergeant.

Where's Major Lance?

[man 3] We moved the CP back to

that stone building. The major's there.

[man 2] Get him,

the colonel's here.

Hold it!

[guns firing in distance]

[man] Colonel! Am I glad to see you!

[man 2] Those bodies...

Get those bodies down!

- What are you doing? Get 'em down!

- Of course. Yes, sir.

- We've been under fire...

- I know you have, but I don't care!

Get 'em down! Down!

Don't want those boys left up there.

We're gonna hold this town till

the linkup does come, whenever it is.

Today, tomorrow,

till hell freezes over.

For their sake,

if for no other reason.

- [man] Private?

- [man 2] Yes, sir.

- [man] It's a hell of a war.

- [man 2] A privilege to serve with you.

Well, God willing, we'll do

what we came here to do.

- Ready, sir.

- Move out!

Pilgrim, we fought

for this country, too.

Five postcard stamps, please.

- Thank you. Merry Christmas.

- Merry Christmas.

Thank you so much.

Have a Merry Christmas.

Airmail to Kingston, Jamaica.

Stamps only?

[speaks Jamaican]

Twenty-cent stamp, please.

Excuse me, sir?

Twenty-cent stamp, please.

- Rodolfo.

- You.

[gun fires]


- Hey, buddy.

- Um, press.


- Are you Detective Ricci?

- That's my story.

I heard about you.

[grunts] Yeah, well,

you oughta change friends then.

I'm Tim Boyle. Daily News.

- What happened?

- Read about it in the New York Post.

They left here two hours ago along with

The Times, Newsday and every channel

you can get on TV with a wire hanger.

Ain't you ever heard of the early bird?

- Christ.

- Go find a wailing wall.

- I got lost.

- Comin' here?

Find another way

for a dollar to change pockets.

- It's my first day as a reporter.

- It's probably your last.

Welcome to New York.

Be like Governor Rockefeller:

- Come and go at the same time.

- Give me some angle.

All I can give you

is an empty feeling, kid.

The perp's over at Bellevue,

eighth floor peanut gallery.

The victim's deader

than yesterday's beer.

Heard he wasn't special

when he was breathing.

My next job's gonna be stuffin'

ballot boxes on Staten Island.

Remind me to vote. I live there.

Most cops do. Go home, kid.

- Don't stop for bread.

- Come on.

Gotta be something I can work.

Can I give you a tip on a hot horse?

I'll play Santa at the PA

on Christmas Day. Or I'll...

I'll pay Hong Kong Sue over on Forty

Deuce to blow your noodle like Satchmo.

How about I put a story

in your hip pocket?

"Good Cop Helps Poor Kids."

Honest to Jesus, you get three months

of Saturdays out of it. Come on.

I can't go back to scratching out obits.

See those guys?

Don't turn around.

They're rolling up to Harlem

to sniff around the perp's apartment.

Only case that dynamic duo has cracked

has Schaefer written on the side,

but maybe you'll see something.

Don't quote those gumflappers.

- You need a quote, you call me.

- OK.

- Haggerty, Dillard!

- Yeah, what's up?

- Take this guy uptown with you.

- Thank you. Thank you.

- Come on.

- All right.

We'll start in the living room

and work our way back.

Close the door behind you, kid.

This perp is very, very religious.

Nothing wrong with being

in good standing with the Lord.

And a war hero, too.

Look at this, a Purple Heart.

Hey, Keith, the Brown Bomber.

[Keith] Muhammad Ali would've knocked

him out. Way too fast for Joe Louis.

He can run, but he can't hide.

Hey, Dan, what the hell is this?

- [Dan] What you got there?

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