Miracle at St. Anna

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Miracle at St. Anna (Touchstone Movie)

“Miracle at St. Anna” is a war drama film released in 2008, directed by Spike Lee. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by James McBride and tells the gripping story of a group of African American soldiers who find themselves trapped behind enemy lines in Tuscany, Italy, during World War II.

The film opens with a modern-day incident in which a postal worker shoots a man who he believes is trying to rob him. This leads to the discovery of a rare Italian artifact from World War II in the man’s possession. The artifact piques the interest of a journalist, who begins investigating its origins.

Through a series of flashbacks, the film transports the audience to 1944, where the Buffalo Soldiers, a segregated African American infantry unit, are stationed in Italy. The soldiers become separated from their main unit and take refuge in the small Tuscan village of St. Anna.

In St. Anna, the soldiers form deep connections with the local villagers, especially a young boy named Angelo, who they take under their wing. As they forge bonds with the villagers, they also encounter the harsh realities of war, witnessing both the brutality of the German occupation and the heroism of the Italian resistance.

Throughout the film, the narrative weaves together themes of racism, brotherhood, and the impact of war on both soldiers and civilians. The soldiers confront their own personal demons while also fighting against prejudice and racism, both from their fellow soldiers and from the local Italian population.

As the story unfolds, the film explores the complexities of war, the sacrifices made by soldiers, and the profound impact of acts of kindness and compassion even in the midst of chaos and violence.

“Miracle at St. Anna” received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its ambition and emotional resonance, while others criticized its lengthy runtime and uneven pacing. Despite the mixed reception, the film stands as a poignant and thought-provoking examination of war’s effects on humanity and the power of friendship and courage to transcend boundaries.

Overall, “Miracle at St. Anna” is a compelling and emotionally charged war drama that pays tribute to the often overlooked contributions of African American soldiers during World War II. It serves as a reminder of the profound impact of war on individuals and communities and the potential for compassion and humanity even in the darkest of times.

Miracle at St. Anna

Additional Details


  • Derek Luke: Staff Sergeant Aubrey Stamps
  • Michael Ealy: Sergeant Bishop Cummings
  • Laz Alonso: Corporal Hector Negron
  • Omar Benson Miller: Private First Class Samuel “Sam” Train
  • Matteo Sciabordi: Angelo Torancelli
  • Pierfrancesco Favino: Peppi ”The Great Butterfly” Grotta
  • Valentina Cervi: Renata Salducci
  • John Turturro:  Detective Antonio “Tony” Ricci


  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Producers: Spike Lee, Roberto Cicutto and Luigi Musini
  • Screenplay: James McBride

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