MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 12,814 this week

The Giant of Marathon (1959)
"La battaglia di Maratona" (original title)

 -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  25 May 1960 (USA)
5.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.0/10 from 517 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 22 critic

A Greek soldier leads the fight against an invading Persian army.

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(idea), (idea), 3 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 06 Mar 2011
 
a list of 106 titles
created 10 Jun 2011
 
a list of 22 titles
created 29 Jun 2011
 
a list of 620 titles
created 17 May 2012
 
a list of 1100 titles
created 12 Jun 2012
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Giant of Marathon (1959)

The Giant of Marathon (1959) on IMDb 5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Giant of Marathon.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After a card game Southerner Owen Pentecost finds himself the owner of a Denver hotel. Involved with two women - one who came with the hotel, and one newly arrived from the East to open a ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Virginia Mayo, Robert Stack, Ruth Roman
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

The story of Hadji Murad, a 19th-century Chechen chieftain who led his warriors in a fight against the invading forces of the Russian Czar.

Director: Riccardo Freda
Stars: Steve Reeves, Giorgia Moll, Scilla Gabel
Adventure | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A wealthy American couple are hostages on an arduous jungle journey.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Glenn Ford, Ann Sheridan, Zachary Scott
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A circuit judge in the old west attempts to bring a suspected killer to justice. The judge runs afoul of the killer's rich cattle baron father in the process.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Joel McCrea, Miroslava, Kevin McCarthy
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Clay Douglas an American, comes to England, to find out the truth behind his brothers death during a commando operation in occupied France. After tracking down the surviving members of the ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Ray Milland, Patricia Roc, Marius Goring
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A warrior returning home to his country must battle giant bats, three-headed dogs and a vicious dragon to save his wife, and his people, from the machinations of an evil ruler.

Director: Vittorio Cottafavi
Stars: Mark Forest, Broderick Crawford, Gaby André
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Based on the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel. Set in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius just before its famous eruption, the film begins with Glaucus, a Roman legionnaire, returning to his home from ... See full summary »

Directors: Mario Bonnard, Sergio Leone
Stars: Steve Reeves, Christine Kaufmann, Fernando Rey
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Directors: Arthur Lubin, Bruno Vailati
Stars: Steve Reeves, Giorgia Moll, Edy Vessel
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Mario Bava, Riccardo Melani
L'orecchio (1946)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Mario Bava
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Mario Bava
Santa notte (1947)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Mario Bava
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

25 May 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Giant of Marathon  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Connections

Edited into Film socialisme (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Ravishing Valentine to Steve Reeves
19 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the ultimate tribute to Steve Reeve's phenomenal male beauty, captured in all its glory at the peak of his powers in l959. "Giant of Marathon" is given an exhilarating beginning with the powerful music score of Roberto Nicolosi, whose symphonic theme, underscores a nearly naked Reeves in brief scenes that showcase his power in the beginning of this vastly entertaining swords and sandals saga. When he swims towards the camera and comes up for air, the music swells and we see a rare glimpse of Reeves laughing. In another snippet, he's shown wrestling with another athlete and both are clad in very brief white loin clothes. It's sexual connotations is definitely there but Reeves looks so god-like you can't imagine him doing anything so earthy as coupling with another handsome jock. Throughout the running time, Reeves magnificent torso and charisma are given the star treatment, especially in the final portion where he and his warriors swim underwater to sabotage the enemy. In their flimsy briefs, this proves to be a beefcake bonanza, featuring not only Reeves but numerous handsome Italian extras. Mario Bava and Jacques Tourneur directed this classic adventure tale with Bava also responsible for the outstanding photography. From this film, he was launched into his legendary series of horror classics, creating such classics as "Kill, Baby, Kill," "Black Sabbath" and others. Reeves is beardless in this adventure and it adds to his boyish charm. At the beginning, he is crowned with a wreath of olive leaves and wearing only his loin cloth, his incredible torso is displayed in all its glory. If you're a Steve Reeves fan--which I definitely am--you might also explore the series of muscle man moveis made by Reeves American cohort, Lou Degni, re-named Mark Forest from the Bronx and a Mr. America winner. His physique is also stunning with a handsome face and acting ability to go with it. "Giant of Marathon" should be restored to its full technicolor glory. Even more than "Hercules Unchained," this is the Steve Reeves movie that fully exploits his extraordinary beauty.


9 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Lot's of Beefcake RobertAmaya2000
Great underwater carnage! hootson21
Discuss The Giant of Marathon (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?