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The Assisi Underground (1985)

This film sheds light on the role of the Catholic Church and the people of Assisi in rescuing Italian Jews from the Nazis in 1943.


Alexander Ramati


Alexander Ramati (novel), Alexander Ramati (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Cross ... Padre Rufino
James Mason ... Bishop Nicolini
Irene Papas ... Mother Giuseppina
Maximilian Schell ... Col. Müller
Karlheinz Hackl ... Capt. von Velden
Riccardo Cucciolla ... Luigi Brizzi
Angelo Infanti Angelo Infanti ... Giorgio Kropf
Paolo Malco ... Paolo Josza
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy ... Gen. Bremer
Delia Boccardo ... Countess Cristina
Roberto Bisacco ... Prof. Rieti
Didi Ramati Didi Ramati ... Mrs. Eva Rieti
Geoffrey Copleston Geoffrey Copleston ... Police Chief Bertolucci
Venantino Venantini ... Pietro
Maurice Poli ... Vito


This film sheds light on the role of the Catholic Church and the people of Assisi in rescuing Italian Jews from the Nazis in 1943.

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Release Date:

September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Assisi Underground See more »

Filming Locations:

Assisi, Perugia, Umbria, Italy

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2.35 : 1
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Final film of James Mason, released a year after his death. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film premiered at 175 minutes. Subsequently, it was cut to 115 minutes which is the MGM/UA video release length. See more »

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Long Version (unedited)
19 March 2005 | by mfeldman-2See all my reviews

I am currently 3/20/05 watching the original unedited 3Hr 30Min Version on the True Stories Channel.

It is supposed to be playing again.

Don't be alarmed when the credits start to roll after an hour and a half, it starts right back up again with part 2.

The film has a look that makes you think you are watching a much older movie, plus I am watching on a non-widescreen TV. Doesn't look very good.

I truly enjoyed the historical aspects, and can only hope they were made without adding to many alterations.

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