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Atlas (1961)

 |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  May 1961 (USA)
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Evil king Praximedes convinces superhero Atlas to fight for him, but Atlas eventually sees the king's true nature and turns against him.

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Atlas
Barboura Morris ...
Candia
Frank Wolff ...
Proximates the Tyrant
Walter Maslow ...
Garnis
Andreas Filippides ...
King Telektos
Christos Exarchos ...
Prince Indros
Theodoros Dimitriou ...
Gen. Gallus
Miranda Kounelaki ...
Arione
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Carleton
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Greek soldier
Sascha Dario ...
Prima Ballerina
Charles B. Griffith ...
Greek soldier
Robert Hudson
William Jolley
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Greek soldier
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Evil king Praximedes convinces superhero Atlas to fight for him, but Atlas eventually sees the king's true nature and turns against him.

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Feared by Every Man, Desired by Every Woman! See more »


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Also Known As:

Atlas il trionfatore di Atene  »

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$70,000 (estimated)
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Although it is usually assumed that the somewhat skimpy battle scenes were due to director Roger Corman's legendary cheapness, Corman had actually arranged for the services of 500 soldiers from the local Greek army garrison. On the morning of filming, however, only about 50 showed up, and as the day wore on (and the heat intensified), some of them drifted away. In order to make it look like there were more "soldiers" than there actually were, Corman had them march in formation past the camera, then when out of camera range run around behind the crew and equipment, and march past the camera again. That is also why the battle scenes are filmed in close-up combat between individual soldiers or small groups of soldiers rather than in long shots of masses of battling infantry, as Corman had originally planned. See more »

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Proximates the Tyrant: Don't fence with me, wrestler. I can have your entrails on the sand at the snap of a finger.
Atlas: Start snapping.
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Seen on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater in 1964
19 November 2013 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1960's "Atlas" was Roger Corman's impoverished attempt at a Hercules-type epic (shot on location in Greece), without the budget. Charles B. Griffith could always be relied upon to deliver a script very quickly, and the haste is quite evident here, as the dialogue sounds risibly modernistic, and American actor Frank Wolff hilariously dubbed. Judging from his previous work on "A Bucket of Blood" and "The Little Shop of Horrors," one can easily conclude that this was written as a satire, and it does deliver a few chuckles. Star Michael Forest, like Wolff a veteran of Corman's "Ski Troop Attack" and "Beast from Haunted Cave," looked more impressive years later bare chested on both GILLIGAN'S ISLAND and STAR TREK. As the battle scenes come off as anemic, the only visually arresting image remains the comely Barboura Morris, who spent her entire career in Corman's service, until her untimely death at age 43 in 1975. "Atlas" made its only appearance on Pittsburgh's Chiller Theater during its first season, alternating Saturday afternoons and Sunday nights, airing Sat March 14 1964, while the Sunday night co-feature (which likewise never repeated) was 1958's "Spy in the Sky!"


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