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The Giant of Marathon (1959)

La battaglia di Maratona (original title)
A Greek soldier leads the fight against an invading Persian army.

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Andromeda
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Teocrito
Alberto Lupo ...
Daniele Vargas ...
Gianni Loti ...
Teucro
Miranda Campa ...
Andromeda's handmaid
Philippe Hersent ...
Callimaco
Anita Todesco ...
Andromeda's friend
Ivo Garrani ...
Creuso
Daniela Rocca ...
Karis
Sergio Ciani ...
Euros
Franco Fantasia ...
Senator
Carlo Lombardi
Ignazio Balsamo ...
Ship's Captain
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This classical peplum tells a fictitious story set in 490 BC, the time of the Medic Wars during which Persian armies sweep the Ancient world. Having brought home to Athens the Olympic victor's laurel crown, Philippides joins as commander the Sacred Guard, which is expected to defend the city-state's liberty, a year after the chasing of the tyrant Hippias. Athenian supporters of Hippias conspire, hoping to side Philippides by marriage to Theocrites' expensive servant Charis, and thus neutralize the guard. She fails to seduce him, as his heart is already taken by a young girl before the learns her name is Andromeda, daughter of Creuso. Everything personal is likely to be put on hold when the news breaks that the Persian King of kings Darius's vast army is marching on Greece, hoping its internal division will make its conquest a walk-over. Theocrites reproaches Miltiades to hold back the sacred guard to defend the Pallas temple after a likely defeat, and proposes instead to negotiate ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Neither Persian swords nor a beautiful traitor could stop him from defeating his enemies! See more »

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25 May 1960 (USA)  »

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Director of photography Mario Bava was called to step in as director (uncredited) to finish the film, as Jacques Tourneur did not wish to extend his ten month contract. Galatea Film decided to reward Bava by giving him a chance to develop his own project as a solo director, Black Sunday (1960). See more »

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Classic Steve Reeves
14 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fairly decent Greek epic starring none other than the great Steve Reeves.

I've first read about Steve Reeves in Arnold Swartzenegger's book that he was the first modern body builder with perfect body symmetry. This is the first movie of his I've seen knowing that it's Reeves who's acting on the screen. I may have seen his other movies without knowing that it was him, because I've seen many Hercules movies as a child, and he might have been in it.

I could see that he was a ground breaking talent who was good looking enough to be an actor even if he wasn't the Adonis that he was.

Do I dare say that the Italians knew how to make male exploitation films done in good taste ? Reeves' masculine beauty is highlighted to its max in this movie. I'm sure this was not accidental.

It's a pretty feel good movie, that's not a pure clash of the muscle men type of production.

Steve Reeves was all that he was said to be. A great natural body builder who also had beautiful appearance.


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