Atlas Against the Cyclops (1961)
"Maciste nella terra dei ciclopi" (original title)

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Strongman Maciste must battle the one-eyed Cyclops monster that is ravaging the land of Sadok, while at the same time fending off the advances of the evil Queen Capys, who wants to do a little ravaging of her own.


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Complete credited cast:
Maciste (as Mitchell Gordon)
Vira Silenti ...
Aldo Bufi Landi ...
Dante DiPaolo ...
Giotto Tempestini ...
Raffaella Carrà ...
Eber (as Raffaella Pelloni)
Paul Wynter ...
Massimo Righi ...
Fabio ...
Baby Son of Penope eand Agisandro
Germano Longo ...
Re Agisandro
Aldo Pedinotti ...
Cyclops (as Aldo Padinotti)
Tullio Altamura ...
Captain of the Guard
Antonio Meschini ...
Pietro Ceccarelli ...
Prison Guard


Capys, la crudele regina di Sadok, erede di Circe, ha deciso di sacrificare all'ultimo dei ciclopi il piccolo figlio di Re Agisandro, ultimo erede di Ulisse. I guerrieri di Capys distruggono Coos, il villaggio di Agisandro, uccidendo quest'ultimo. Ma il ragazzo viene salvato ed affidato a Maciste. Il mitico eroe, benchè catturato, riesce a liberarsi ed a salvare dal feroce attacco degli uomini della perfida regina il piccolo e la madre di quest'ultimo. Written by rosebud6

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Release Date:

14 April 1963 (USA)  »

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Atlas Against the Cyclops  »

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ESP 2,607,002 (Spain)

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Did You Know?


This movie provided Gordon Mitchell with his first starring role (billed as "Mitchell Gordon"). He remains bare-chested throughout. See more »


When Maciste saves the small child from the lion, the shots of the real lion (with Gordon Mitchell's stand-in for the sequence) show that the claws are not out and the paws are not being used to strike but rather happily returning the hug it's receiving. See more »


Ifito: [speaking to Capys about Maciste] Now I see why you wanted him captured... alive.
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Gordon Mitchell Muscles in with a Little Fabio
7 February 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"The people of Sadok are besieged by a terrible, man-eating, giant Cyclops that has ravaged the countryside and consumed many of its people. Atlas (aka 'Maciste') arrives at Sadok with the intent to defeat the monster and help the people, but is faced with another type of battle. The evil Queen Capys has set her sights upon Atlas and decides to try everything in her power to take him as her own. Now, Atlas must try to defeat two enemies as well as rescue the infant descendant of Ulysses from being eaten by the Cyclops," according to the DVD sleeve description.

Re-titled "Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops" for American consumption.

This Italian loincloth and sandals epic features the usual chesty performances. American-born Gordon Mitchell (as "Atlas" aka "Maciste") muscled in on the strong-man ("Hercules") bandwagon, and began his Italian movie career with this one. For the genre, the film isn't the worst; but, you'd be well-advised to begin by considering the average film of this type to be subpar. The most interesting appearance is that of "little Fabio" (as baby Agisander), who is reputed to be the same Fabio who found fame as a romance novel cover model and all-around 1990s celebrity.

*** Maciste nella terra dei ciclopi (3/29/61) Antonio Leonviola ~ Gordon Mitchell, Chelo Alonso, Vira Silenti, Fabio

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