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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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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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Classical Peplum deals with the famous battle and intervention of Philippides and Miltiades, 4 September 2011
Author: ma-cortes

The story is set in 490 BC, during Medic Wars between Greeks and Persians .The Battle of Marathon was a watershed in the Greco-Persian wars, showing the Greeks that the Persians could be beaten; the eventual Greek triumph in these wars can be seen to begin at Marathon. Since the following two hundred years saw the rise of the Classical Greek civilization, which has been enduringly influential in western society, the Battle of Marathon is often seen as a pivotal moment in European history .The defeat at Marathon barely touched the vast resources of the Persian empire, yet for the Greeks it was an enormously significant victory. It was the first time the Greeks had beaten the Persians, and showed them that the Persians were not invincible, and that resistance, rather than subjugation, was possible. The battle was a defining moment for the young Athenian democracy, showing what might be achieved through unity and self-belief; indeed, the battle effectively marks the start of a 'golden age' for Athens. The film is inspired on facts but most events developed are fictitious . Having brought home to Athens the Olympic victor's laurel crown, Philippides (Steve Reeves) is proclaimed leader of the Athenian Sacred Guard , which is expected to defend the city-state of Athens, a year after the chasing of the tyrant Hippias. Athenian followers of Hippias ( uncredited Gerard Herter ) led by Theocrites ( Sergio Fantoni ) conspire and scheme a coup d'etat and a fiendish treason . Meantime , Philippides' heart is already taken by a young girl named Andromeda (a gorgeous Mylene Demongeot ), daughter of Creuso (Ivo Garrani) , one of the various conspirators. Everything personal is likely to be put on hold when the break news that the Persian King of kings Darius's ( Daniele Vargas) vast army is marching on Greece, hoping its internal division will make its conquest a walk-over. Hearless Theocrites reproaches Miltiades to hold back the sacred guard to defend the Pallas Atenea temple after a likely defeat, and proposes instead to negotiate terms with Darius, but is told an alliance with Sparta could save the Hellenic nation. At the same time, Athens's greatest runner, Pheidippides (or Philippides in some accounts by historian Herodotus) had been sent to Sparta to request that the Spartan army ( on of them results to be Sergio Ciani , or Alan Steel , another hunk man like Reeves) march to the aid of Athens. Philippides makes the trail and survives an ambush on his journey ; he goes back with Sparta's engagement during the Persian attack in far greater numbers on Militiades valiant troops. Charis (Daniela Rocca as the matronly sacrificial love interest) , left for dead after overhearing Darius's orders, reaches the camp to tell that the Persian fleet, now led by traitor Theocrites, is heading for Piraeus to take Athens. Miltiades (Albert Lupo) sends Philippides ahead to hold out with the sacred guard until his hopefully victorious Greek troops arrive . Under the guidance of Miltiades, the Athenian general with the greatest experience of fighting the Persians, the Athenian army marched quickly to block the two exits from the plain of Marathon, and prevent the Persians moving inland. Of course , the hero Philippides defeats Darius the Persian at the Battle of Marathon .

This Sword and Sandals movie contains adventures , thrills , a love story and hokey historic events dealing with the time of the Medic Wars in which Persian armies sweep the Ancient world , being defeated in Marathon . The picture is well starred by the bouncing Steve Reeves as the famous war-time messenger of the Battle of Marathon named Pheidippides.In 1957, Reeves went to Italy and played the lead character in Pietro Francisci's Hercules, a very low-budget epic based loosely on the tales of Jason and the Argonauts, though inserting Hercules into the lead role .From 1959 through 1964, Reeves went on to appear in a string of sword and sandal movies shot on relatively small budgets, and although he is best known for his portrayal of the Greek hero Hercules, he played the character only twice: in the 1957 film and its 1959 sequel Hercules Unchained (released in the US in 1960). He played a number of other characters on screen, including Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton's Glaucus of Pompeii; Goliath ; Tatar hero Hadji Murad; Romulus, the legendary founder of Rome (opposite Gordon Scott as his twin brother Remus); pirate and self-proclaimed governor of Jamaica, Captain Henry Morgan; and Karim, the Thief of Baghdad. Twice he played Aeneas of Troy and twice he played Emilio Salgari's Malaysian hero, Sandokan.

Screen-written by Ennio De Concini who wrote lots of Peplum , Giallo and Spaghetti Western . This film is colorfully photographed by the great Mario Bava who little time after launched his career as as a cult terror filmmaker . Atmospheric and evocative musical score by Robert Nicolisi . The Giant of Marathon (Italian: La Battaglia di Maratona) was regularly directed by Jacques Tourneur and Mario Bava (Bava had to step in to complete the film) and in Italy signed it Bruno Vailati who actually was the producer .

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