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Miracle at St. Anna

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Brutal WWII battlefield fable isn't for kids.

Movie R 2008 160 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Miracle at St. Anna

Great movie with brutal violence and explicit action. A good movie for older teens who are mature enough to take the carnage.

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The story and the performances are heartfelt and powerful in this brutal war film. Talented, versatile director Spike Lee, working from a script by James McBride (who wrote the novel the movie is based on), attempts the almost impossible. MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA is part devastating World War II movie, part political film exposing the notorious racism of much of white America during that time, and part fairy tale in which a child becomes one with his rescuers as his spirit transcends the evil around him.

It's an ambitious goal, and not entirely successful. The movie changes tone and direction too many times, and what suffers most is characterization: The men become archetypes instead of singular individuals. Still, the production is magnificent, and if viewers allow themselves to be transported to that monumental period in America's history, it will be an enlightening and moving experience.

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