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The Colossus of Rhodes (1961)
"Il colosso di Rodi" (original title)

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While on holiday in Rhodes, Athenian war hero Darios becomes involved in two different plots to overthrow the tyrannical king, one from Rhodian patriots and the other from sinister Phoenician agents.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Darios
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Diala
Georges Marchal ...
Peliocles
Conrado San Martín ...
Thar (as Conrado Sanmartin)
Ángel Aranda ...
Koros
Mabel Karr ...
Mirte
Mimmo Palmara ...
Roberto Camardiel ...
Serse
Alfio Caltabiano ...
Creonte (as Alf Randal)
George Rigaud ...
Lissipu (as Jorge Rigaud)
Yann Larvor ...
Mahor
Carlo Tamberlani ...
Xenon
Félix Fernández ...
Carete
Ignazio Dolce ...
(as Ignazio Dolce)
Antonio Casas ...
Phoenician Ambassador
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Storyline

A Greek military hero named Darios visits his uncle in Rhodes in the year 280 BC. Rhodes has just finished constructing an enormous colossus of Apollo to guard its harbor and is planning an alliance with Phoenicia which would be hostile to Greece. Darios flirts with the beautiful Diala, daughter of the statue's mastermind, while becoming involved with a group of rebels headed by Peliocles. These rebels seek to overthrow the tyrannical King Serse as does Serse's evil second-in-command, Thar. The rebels' revolt seems to fail, with Peliocles and his men being captured and forced to provide amusement in the local arena, but an earthquake eventually upsets, not only the Colossus in the harbor, but the balance of power in Rhodes as well. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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A Monster Statue Of Bronze And Stone Twenty Stories Tall Guarded Their Secret!


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Release Date:

16 June 1961 (Spain)  »

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The Colossus of Rhodes  »

Box Office

Gross:

ESP 98,865 (Spain)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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According to Sir Christopher Frayling, Sergio Leone's early concept for the Colossus was to have its arms crossed and the visage of Benito Mussolini. This concept was abandoned and replaced with Helios/Apollo. See more »

Goofs

In the film the Colossus of Rhodes is destroyed by a conveniently timed earthquake shortly after being completed. The real Colossus of Rhodes stood for over a half century before it was, like its cinematic counterpart, destroyed by an earthquake. See more »

Quotes

Mirte: [seductively] I can grant your most secret desire.
Darios: Which one?
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Certainly not the "best" anything
5 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

I watched this because I'm a big Sergio Leone fan. I knew that it was his first credited film and that he had very little input into it. I knew what I going to get but there was a part of me that hoped to see an extreme close up of a stubbly old man or some sort of taciturn hero or maybe (just maybe) Lee Van Cleef in an uncredited and historically impossible cameo. Naturally I was disappointed.

It's quite an enjoyable romp, however. A perfectly functional example of the sword and sandal genre. Fans of false beards and ancient warriors with 1950's hair cuts won't be disappointed. It looks pretty good (but then, Leone was a visual genius) and the unbalanced plot (another Leone trademark) is OK but beyond that, it's very formulaic.

It's nothing special. The only people who should seek it out are Leone completists and they'll enjoy it just fine as long as they put their brains on hold.


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