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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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Release Date:

25 May 1960 (USA)  »

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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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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Brilliant!
18 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Hopefully, one day Steve Reeves will get the justice of a really good DVD collection. He deserves no less.

Although not the greatest transfer, this movie is fantastic. The battle scenes are great, particularly the underwater sequences, and they are suitably epic. Add to that a great treacherous villain, a complex femme fatale and a truly heroic central character and you have a great movie. Plus, I have to add the allure of Andromeda to my rating. Now, I'm sure that I am probably reading too much in to it, but, many of the battle scenes really evoked scenes from Saving Private Ryan for me (the bullets driving through the water). Spielberg a peplum fan? With Mario Bava holding the camera, why not?


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