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La battaglia di Maratona
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Release Date:
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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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 »
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Edited into Alexander the Great (1968) (TV)See more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The Giant of Marathon, 1 January 2006
Author: mhrabovsky1-1 from michigan

Giant of Marathon was made during a very busy 1959 for Steve Reeves, as he completed "Hercules Unchained", "The Great White Warrior", and "Goliath and the Barbarians" while also making Giant of Marathon. Steve Reeves was by far the king of these so called "sword and sandal" epics churning out of Italy during the late 50s and early 60s...and why not? Reeves had a muscle bulging physique second to none and was by far the best looking of the muscle guys who made these Hercules type films in Italy. The story concerns the city of Athens and all of Greece being invaded by sea and land by the traitor Darius and his Persian army. Reeves is the hero of the olimpic games and a hero to all of Greece. As such a duo of traitors tries to convince him to team up with the Persians and attempt to lure him with wicked women and seduction. Along the way a very lovely Mylene Demengeot, a 1960s Angelina Jolie look alike with the big lips becomes his love interest. Plenty of action on land and sea and a good wresting match with Reeves and a blubber gut wrestler who feels insulted by Reeves. Check out the underwater scenes with Reeve's greeks planting long speared boulders in the water to sink Persian ships. This is a typical Reeves muscleman epic. Just watching the lovely Demengeot throughout is fun for the male audience. Reeves basically single handedly wipes out the persians and the traitors and wins his love interest in the end. Good fun for the Saturday afternoon crowd and Reeves fans in general.

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