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Duel of Champions (1961)
"Orazi e Curiazi" (original title)

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A duel takes place in order to put an end to the long and bloody war between the Romans and the Albans. Three valiant brothers are chosen for each side. The Romans choose three brothers: ... See full summary »

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Horatio
Franca Bettoia ...
Marcia (as Franca Bettoja)
Franco Fabrizi ...
Curazio
Robert Keith ...
Tullio Hostilio - King of Rome
Jacqueline Derval ...
Horatia
Luciano Marin ...
Eli
Andrea Aureli ...
King of Alba (as Andrea Aurel)
Mino Doro ...
Caius
Osvaldo Ruggieri ...
Warrior of Alba
Piero Palermini ...
Nevio (as Pietro Palmerini)
Violette Marceau ...
Slave
Umberto Raho ...
Grand Priest
Alfredo Varelli ...
Sabinus
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Slave
Alana Ladd ...
Scilla
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A duel takes place in order to put an end to the long and bloody war between the Romans and the Albans. Three valiant brothers are chosen for each side. The Romans choose three brothers: the Orazi. The Albans are represented by the Curiazi. During the fierce and bloody final duel the Romans defeat their opponents. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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Legendary event in which a duel to solve who will govern Rome
7 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

In the ancient Rome, during the pre-Republic period, the general Horatio(Alan Ladd) is wounded and imprisoned by Albanos and accused as cowardice by Romans.The prodigal Horacio fled and he has come home but the Romans distrust . Then Horacio is redeemed on the final confrontation. The king of Rome, Tulio Hostilio(Robert Keith) accord with King of Alba-Longa a confrontation between three members of Horatius family(Jacques Sernas, Ladd) and three brothers Albanos(Franco Fabrizi, among others). They must have a duel to decide who will rule. This unforgettable heroic action was immortalized by French painter Louis David in the painting titled 'Under oath of the Horacios' .

This is a sword and sandals movie with action, adventures, fighting and based on legendary deeds. The film shows difference between cultured Romans and savage and illiterate Albanos , but this question is historically contradictory. The Paramout star, Alan Ladd was in frank decadence, he plays with apathy and indifference and acted without wage various weeks when the production was declared insolvency. After he played 'Carpetbaggers' and suddenly died by alcoholism. His sister Alana Ladd acts as Scilla. The screenplay is written by prestigious writers with future and important career, such as Carlo Lizzani, Guliano Montalvo and Luciano Vincenzoni(Sergio Leone's usual). Spectacular musical score by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino(Peplum's habitual). The film is directed by Terence Young and Ferdinando Baldi. Posteriorly Young directed successful James Bond films : ¨Bond vs Dr No and From Russia with love¨. In the Italian version only appears as director Ferdinando Baldi, he's an expert director of Peplum(Arminius,massacre in Black Forest, Son of Cleopatra, David and Goliath) and Spaghetti Western(Viva Django, Adios Texas).

The picture set during first Roman epoch with the king Tulio Hostilio. Formerly ruled Romulo and Numa Pompilio( events developed in 'Romulo and Remo' by Sergio Corbucci with Steve Reeves and Gordon Scott), after succeeded the king Tarquino(deeds narrated in 'Mucius Scevola' by Giorgio Ferroni with Gordon Scott, also starring of 'Coroliano'). Another movies about the Roman pre-Republic, the Roman monarchy, are the following : 'Kidnapping of Sabinas'(1961, Richard Pottier with Jean Marais and Roger Moore) and 'Virgins of Rome'(1966, Vittorio Cottafavi with Louis Jordan) among them.


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