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Legions of the Nile (1959)
"Le legioni di Cleopatra" (original title)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Cleopatra alias Berenice
Ettore Manni ...
Curridio
Georges Marchal ...
Conrado San Martín ...
Gotarzo (as Corrado Sanmartin)
María Mahor ...
Marianna
Alfredo Mayo ...
Ottaviano (futuro: Augusto)
Daniela Rocca ...
Teyrè
Mino Doro ...
Domiziano
Andrea Aureli ...
Imotio
Stefano Terra
Stefano Oppedisano
Salvatore Furnari ...
Il nano
Rafael Durán ...
Sacerdote egiziano
Juan Maján ...
Vezio
Tomás Blanco ...
Ovidio
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Roman Emperor Octavian rules the empire from Rome, and his rival Marc Antony has taken Egyptian queen Cleopatra as his lover and seized the eastern empire, ruling it from Alexandria. Octavian intends to regain his empire by landing his army at Alexandria, besieging the city and capturing and executing the pair. However, while Octavian's army is bigger than Marc Antony's forces, he and Cleopatra have allies who can come to their aid. Both sides prepare for a final showdown. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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December 1960 (USA)  »

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ESP 4,639,964 (Spain)
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Although Argentine actress Linda Cristal, who spoke English quite well, is obviously speaking her lines in English, her voice is dubbed by that of another actress. See more »

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Not as poor as some say
27 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The problem with this movie for English speaking viewers is that the English Language version was cut and then dubbed in an appallingly slipshod way. If you refer to the original Italian or French versions, you find that the dialogue is much more profound and intentionally comedic in places. Most of this was steamrollered over with bland lip-fitting inanities in the US version. At one point, Curridius stuffs a bunch of grapes into a slave-trader's face to shut him up, and in the original version, comments to his friends that people will just think he's drunk. The US dialogue has Curridius saying "Did you see his face when I offered him the two talents?" Don't blame Cottafavi for that, please.

The reason the French and Italians love Cottafavi is that they are seeing his movies as intended, not butchered to fit a TV screen, and dubbed with nonsensical dialogue.

Also, don't forget that this was the movie that 20th Century Fox bought for a million from its producers, so they could put it on the shelf, and make sure it wouldn't interfere with the blockbuster release of its own Elizabeth-Taylor-starring CLEOPATRA. Maybe when they eventually put it out on Television, they intentionally had it badly dubbed just so you wouldn't like it.


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