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Atlas Against the Cyclops -- (1961) Gordon Mitchell, Chelo Alonso.  Atlas (actually called Maciste) fights an evil queen and saves an infant descendant of Ulysses from a cyclops in this color epic...


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Release Date:
14 April 1963 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Gordon Mitchell ... Maciste (as Mitchell Gordon)

Chelo Alonso ... Capys
Vira Silenti ... Penope
Aldo Bufi Landi ... Sirone
Dante DiPaolo ... Iphitos
Giotto Tempestini ... Aronio
Raffaella Carrà ... Eber (as Raffaella Pelloni)
Paul Wynter ... Mumba
Massimo Righi ... Efros
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 ... Soldier
Pietro Ceccarelli ... Prison Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moira Orfei ... Peasant Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Antonio Leonviola  (as Leonviola)
Writing credits
Oreste Biancoli  story and
Oreste Biancoli  screenplay &
Gino Mangini  screenplay

Produced by
Luigi Carpentieri .... producer
Ermanno Donati .... producer
Original Music by
Carlo Innocenzi 
Cinematography by
Riccardo Pallottini 
Film Editing by
Mario Serandrei 
Production Design by
Alberto Boccianti 
Set Decoration by
Ennio Michettoni 
Costume Design by
Giuliano Papi 
Makeup Department
Galileo Mandini .... hair stylist
Piero Mecacci .... makeup artist
Production Management
Piero Donati .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giovanni Fago .... first assistant director
Mariano Laurenti .... first assistant director
Sound Department
John Davis Hart .... dubbing director: English
Maurice Laroche .... sound (French version)
Giannetto Nardi .... sound
Special Effects by
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Joseph Nathanson .... matte shots (as Joseph Nathanson)
Camera and Electrical Department
Galileo Mandini .... montage photographer
Stelvio Massi .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Massimo Bolongaro .... assistant costume designer
Music Department
Carlo Franci .... musical director
Other crew
Giorgio Baldi .... production assistant
Fernando Paolo Girolami .... translator: english (as Fernando Girolami)
Livio Maffei .... production assistant
Paola Salvadori .... script girl
Carlo Zanotti .... secretary to producer
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Maciste nella terra dei ciclopi" - Italy (original title)
"Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops" - USA (TV title)
"Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops" - Egypt (English title) (alternative title)
"Maciste Vs. Ciclopi" - Egypt (English title) (imdb display title)
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100 min | Italy:94 min (cut)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Italian censorship visa #34331 issued March 28, 1961.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Capys:[to Maciste] I'm not really as evil as you think.See more »


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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Quite Good, Really, 11 January 2009
Author: Steve Nyland (Squonkamatic) from New York, USA

If viewers can get by the crummy existing home video transfers currently available ATLAS IN THE LAND OF THE CYCLOPS, as this is know in it's English language form, is actually a superior example of the Italian Peplum sword & sandal genre. The problem with the existing versions isn't with the film, it's that a glorious widescreen (2:35:1 Techniscope) popcorn movie has been cropped and pan/scanned down to an abysmal, color rotted 16mm fullscreen reduction print meant for television distribution back in the 1960s. There should be a Crimes Against Humanity tribunal charged with tracking down those responsible for ruining this and countless other movies like it, perhaps forcing them to watch endlessly looped repeats of those old SnackMaster infomercials as punishment. The original elements are probably long lost and like a butchered scrap of an old Michelangelo painting, this is all we have left. It's a horrible loss.

But even in such a miserable state this is quite the little Hercules/Samson/Maciste style adventure, with big grinning Gordon Mitchell at his finest as another he-man wandering the ancient world and righting wrongs. This production actually had a decent budget for it's time as well, with a huge cast of extras and some genuinely clever effects sequences and strong man spectacle moments -- at one point Mitchell even rows an entire slave galley at ramming speed, by himself -- along with the requisite eye candy Veil Dance naval gazing for the dads, slave mistreatment scenes, lots of Pizza Pizza guards running around in plumed helmets, the ubiquitous moment where the hero gets to flirt with all the serving girls or share wine & grapes with the evil sexy queen who is responsible for the misdeeds that he must set to rights.

What makes this one stand out is that all of that happens before Atlas, as he is called here, even squares off against a genuinely frightful looking 18 foot tall Cyclops down in it's pit for a duel to the death to save both the pretty princess and the rightful infant heir to the throne. The Cyclops rulez and for once the muscle bound hero is presented with a monster that's quite worthy of his talents. Their battle is a doozie and actually somewhat graphic for it's time. You'd really have to be a cold heartless bastard not to get a kick out of it, and as usual the clever way it was filmed puts any CGI rendered special effects sequence depicting similar events to shame.

And as usual the big lummox of a hero rides off into the sunset at the end while the adoring crowds cheer his heroism & derring-do, something that quite frankly the world could use a bit more of these days. I'd encourage anyone with a love for fantasy adventure/action films to seek this baby out, and you can: It's available on one of those 50 Movie Packs called "The Warriors Collection" easily found on for a few dollars, featuring forty nine other movies more or less just like it, which would take you about two weeks of non-stop viewing to get through it. And people say getting snowed in sucks, I call it an opportunity for cheesy Euro man-beef fantasy indulgence with an exceptionally cool monster to boot. Ignore the crummy picture quality, pop a bucket of popcorn and enjoy!


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