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La battaglia di Maratona
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25 May 1960 (USA) See more »
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Neither Persian swords nor a beautiful traitor could stop him from defeating his enemies! See more »
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A Greek soldier leads the fight against an invading Persian army. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Steve Reeves ... Phillipides

Mylène Demongeot ... Andromeda

Sergio Fantoni ... Teocrito
Alberto Lupo ... Milziade
Daniele Vargas ... Darius, King of Persia
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
Gian Paolo Rosmino
Walter Grant
Maria Grazia Sandri ... Andromeda's Handmaid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paule Emanuele ... Karis (voice: french version)
Richard Francoeur ... Senator (voice: french version)
Jean-Claude Michel ... Phillipides (voice: french version)
Roger Tréville ... Darius, King of Persia (voice: french version)
Gérard Herter ... Hippia (uncredited)
Rinaldo Zamperla ... Gladiator (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Tourneur 
Mario Bava (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Alberto Barsanti  idea &
Raffaello Pacini  idea and
Ennio De Concini  story & screenplay &
Augusto Frassinetti  story & screenplay &
Bruno Vailati  story & screenplay

Produced by
Renato Angiolini .... supervising producer
Paolo Mercuri .... secretary of production
Bruno Vailati .... producer
 
Original Music by
Roberto Nicolosi 
 
Cinematography by
Mario Bava (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
 
Production Design by
Aleksandar Milovic (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Marcello del Prato 
 
Set Decoration by
Massimo Tavazzi 
 
Costume Design by
Pier Luigi Pizzi (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Otello Fava .... makeup artist
Mara Rocchetti .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Ferruccio De Martino .... production manager
Massimo De Rita .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Odoardo Fiory .... assistant director
Ottavio Oppo .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Mario Chiari .... storyboard artist
Gianni D'Aloisio .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Giulio Tagliacozzo .... sound engineer
Massimo Tagliaferri .... sound
Louis Kieffer .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Mario Bava .... special photographic effects
 
Visual Effects by
Mario Bava .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Enzo Musumeci Greco .... fencing master
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Masino Manunza .... cinematographer: underwater scenes
Massimo Terzano .... camera operator (credit only)
Ubaldo Terzano .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marisa Crimi .... costumer
Armando Govoni .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Luigi Urbini .... conductor (as Pierluigi Urbini)
 
Other crew
Barbara Fusch .... direction secretary
Armando Govoni .... continuity
Rancati .... weapons
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La battaglia di Maratona" - Italy (original title)
"The Giant Marathon" - Philippines (English title)
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Runtime:
90 min | Italy:92 min (director's cut)
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Italian censorship visa #30708 issued November 27, 1959.See more »
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Edited into Alexander the Great (1968) (TV)See more »

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The Persians Are Coming, 2 December 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Giant Of Marathon is a cut above the peplum films of the Italian cinema, being directed by Jacques Tourneur. The film concerns the activities of one Phillipides, played by Steve Reeves who goes running around all of Greece as an ancient Paul Revere arousing the populace with the sum and substance cry of 'The Persians Are Coming'. Indeed they were.

The ancient histories beginning with Herodotus tell of the athlete/runner who brought news of the Greek victory and then promptly died as his body gave out. Here Tourneur opted for a happy ending, but the film is still good with some very nicely staged battle scenes.

Phillipides was probably the first celebrity athlete in the history of the world. As the winner of one of those original Olympic games he was a sports celebrity figure back in those ancient times. And because of that he's the guy sent on a diplomatic mission to Sparta to get those rival city states working together to beat back the Persians.

Of course Phillipides does just that, but Athens is facing some problems from what would later be called fifth columnists in the city. Phillipides has to deal with them as well.

Steve Reeves as athlete is not shown as a runner, he's shown heaving a discus which would be more in line with the kind of a support his upper body would be an asset for. In fact as a runner all that weight on top would be quite the liability. But he sure looked good.

Giant Of Marathon would not be considered a great film in most quarters. But it is Citizen Kane next to some of the peplum films I've been viewing lately.

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