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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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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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Trivia

The credits of the U.S. release version lists four screenwriters. The screenplay was reportedly the work of nine screenwriters. See more »

Goofs

The film dates itself to 280 BC. In the scene where the two thugs try to kidnap Darios, in the background, a bust of Cicero, a Roman statesman can clearly be seen. Cicero was not born until 106 BC. See more »

Quotes

Diala: [pinned under fallen beam] There's no pain at all. Funny, I... I... I wanted so much, but I die without getting anything.
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Not the Leone the world remembers, but a cut above most peplum
22 July 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Having only see Sergio Leone's The Colossus of Rhodes in a panned-and-scanned TV version before, it's surprising how much more enjoyable the film is when you see it in its proper 'TotalScope' ratio. Where Leone's previous peplum, 1959's dreary and underfunded version of The Last Days of Pompeii, looked like it could have been made by any one of a hundred unimaginatively anonymous Italian directors, Colossus always looks terrific, with a mastery of the widescreen that Leone would take even further in his Westerns. It's a genuinely spectacular affair offering pretty much everything you could want from a peplum – not much in the way of muscle men but plenty of corrupt rulers, rebels and conspiracies, torture in the dungeons and the arena, the spectacular destruction of a city in a natural disaster and imported American star Rory Calhoun imitating Victor Mature every time he laughs in profile, which is surprisingly often considering the misfortunes that befall him. Along the way Leone throws in plenty of playful riffs on Hitchcock, with the Colossus itself providing plenty of visual homages to both The Saboteur and North by Northwest. Not a major work by any means but a surprisingly enjoyable one.


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