The Pigeon That Took Rome

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"He is a military-type pigeon, now a sitting duck."
  • Approved
  • 1962
  • 1 hr 43 min
  • 5.9  (464)

In 1962, Charlton Heston starred in the movie The Pigeon That Took Rome alongside Elsa Martinelli and Harry Guardino. The movie tells the story of a carrier pigeon that becomes an unexpected hero during World War II. The film opens with Heston's character, Captain Paul MacDougall, leading a group of American soldiers on a mission in Italy. Their goal is to capture a strategic bridge held by the Germans. However, they face a series of setbacks, and their success seems uncertain.

Meanwhile, back in Rome, a convent of nuns is tasked with caring for a carrier pigeon named "G.I. Joe." Unbeknownst to them, G.I. Joe has been trained to carry vital messages between Allied forces. When the Germans take over the city, the nuns fear for G.I. Joe's safety and release him from his cage.

G.I. Joe sets off on a perilous journey to deliver a message that could change the course of the war. Along the way, he encounters a series of challenges, including hunger, exhaustion, and attacks from birds of prey. Despite the odds, G.I. Joe persists, determined to complete his mission.

Meanwhile, Captain MacDougall and his team are still struggling to capture the bridge. They receive G.I. Joe's message, which finally provides them with the information they need to succeed. With the help of a group of Italian partisans, they launch a final attack and claim victory.

The movie is a touching tribute to the bravery of all those who fought in World War II, both human and animal. Heston's performance as Captain MacDougall is powerful, capturing the intensity and determination of a soldier in the midst of battle. Martinelli turns in a stirring performance as Sister Sophia, the nun who sets G.I. Joe on his mission. And Guardino adds a touch of humor as the irreverent Private Urban, who never misses a chance to quip about the absurdity of war.

The movie is also notable for its stunning cinematography, which captures the beauty of the Italian countryside and the chaos of the battlefield with equal skill. The scenes featuring G.I. Joe's flight are particularly impressive, providing a thrilling sense of adventure.

Overall, The Pigeon That Took Rome is a heartwarming and inspiring movie that celebrates the courage and sacrifice of those who fought for freedom in one of history's darkest hours. It is a must-see for anyone interested in World War II history or classic cinema.

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    1 hr 43 min
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    5.9  (464)