The Girl and the General


1h 43m 1967

Brief Synopsis

An Italian soldier and a peasant girl capture a Nazi general.

Film Details

Also Known As
La Ragazza e il generale
Genre
Comedy
Drama
War
Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 6 Dec: Oct 1967
Production Company
C. C. Champion; Les Films Concordia
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 43m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Metrocolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.75 : 1

Synopsis

During World War I, an Italian soldier, Tarasconi, is separated from his retreating regiment near the Italian-Austrian border. He accidentally captures a one-armed Austrian general and resolves to bring him to the Italian high command in exchange for a large reward and a medal. The general escapes from his bumbling captor but falls into the hands of a peasant girl, Ada, who agrees to share the general with Tarasconi for an even split of the reward. She later tricks the soldier, however, by taking his rifle and locking him in a railroad car. Although Ada and the general form a grudging respect for each other, their relationship is greatly strained by days of starvation and the general's breaking his leg. They finally find a deserted farm where they can rest, and there they are fortuitously reunited with Tarasconi, who has escaped from the train. As the trek continues, the ragged trio eventually acquire a donkey, and they even get some food from Austrian soldiers when Ada offers to show them her body. Emotionally united by their misfortunes, the threesome ultimately reach a minefield, where first the donkey, then Ada and Tarasconi, are killed by explosions. The general, sick of war and grief-stricken by the deaths of his companions, surrenders to Italian forces, vowing to make sure that credit for his arrest goes to his two ill-fated captors.

Film Details

Also Known As
La Ragazza e il generale
Genre
Comedy
Drama
War
Release Date
Jan 1967
Premiere Information
New York opening: 6 Dec: Oct 1967
Production Company
C. C. Champion; Les Films Concordia
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 43m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Metrocolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.75 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Copyright length: 99 min. Produced in Italy and released there in 1967 as La ragazza e il generale; running time: 113 min.