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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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THE GIANT OF MARATHON (Jacques Tourneur, Bruno Vailati and, uncredited, Mario Bava, 1959) **1/2 See more (17 total) »

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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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
THE GIANT OF MARATHON (Jacques Tourneur, Bruno Vailati and, uncredited, Mario Bava, 1959) **1/2, 28 April 2006
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

A momentous collaboration between two (past and future) masters of the horror genre which should perhaps have been made in that particular field, especially since the overall effect (as with most Italian low-grade epics) is somewhat juvenile - unlike either's best work - but also because there are no monsters involved (unlike, say, THE GIANTS OF THESSALY [1960])!

Steve Reeves and Sergio Fantoni make for an above-average hero and villain; Daniela Rocca fares a lot better here than she would do in COLOSSUS AND THE AMAZON QUEEN (1960); and Mylene Demongeot is one of the loveliest heroines in all peplums, evoking memories of the early Brigitte Bardot - who had herself appeared in a supporting role in HELEN OF TROY (1955), one of many film versions centering around another legendary Greek battle (among them THE Trojan HORSE [1961], starring Reeves himself and which I watched later on in my peplum marathon!).

The slow-starting film (which, thankfully, features no intrusive comic relief) eventually picks up with the impressive battle sequence, which occupies about half its length! Bava's camera-work is exemplary and his special effects are apparent in the over-the-top violence, particularly towards the end.

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