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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

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Italian censorship visa #30708 issued November 27, 1959.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Alexander the Great (1968) (TV)See more »

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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Ravishing Valentine to Steve Reeves, 19 March 2007
Author: PrincessAnanka from United States

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.

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