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Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete (1960)
"Teseo contro il minotauro" (original title)

 -  Adventure  -  April 1961 (USA)
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In ancient Crete, a monster called the Minotaur (half bull, half man) can only be satisfied by virgin sacrifices. The evil ruler of Crete is determined to keep the monster happy by ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Bob Mathias ...
Princess Fedra / Arianna
Alberto Lupo ...
Rik Battaglia ...
Demetrio (as Rick Battaglia)
Carlo Tamberlani ...
Minosse, Re di Creta
Nico Pepe ...
Susanne Loret ...
Nerio Bernardi ...
Re di Atene
Paul Muller ...
Medico di Corte
Tiziana Casetti ...
Illia, figlia di Xanto
Alberto Plebani ...
Tina Lattanzi ...
Milo Malagoli ...
Il Minotauro
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alberto Barberito
Emma Baron ...
Madre addottiva di Arianna


In ancient Crete, a monster called the Minotaur (half bull, half man) can only be satisfied by virgin sacrifices. The evil ruler of Crete is determined to keep the monster happy by sacrificing as many of the island's virgins as he can, but a pair of friends determine to kill the monster and stop the sacrifices. Written by

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[first lines]
Sunis, il gran Sacerdote: The menace of death's dreadful helm now displayed to our dear Queen Pasiphae. Receive, oh Minotaur, the sacrifice of our virgin youth in tribute to thy vast glory. For this, grant but this wish; Lord of Evil take not from us our queen's life.
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Mythologic story based on well-known legend about Teseo , Ariadna and Minotaurio
6 February 2008 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

King of Crete named Minos (Carlo Tamberlani) has two daughters , one good named Ariadna and one evil named Fedra (Rosanna Schiaffino in a double role). Fedra orders Sciron (Alberto Lupo) to kill Ariadna , but the murderer fails thanks to Teseo , prince of Athens , and Demetrio (Rick Battaglia). Fedra rules over Crete and supported by Scirion wage war Athens . Athenians are defeated and obligated to tribute of fourteen maids for feed minotaur , a horrible monster , part human and part bull . Meanwhile , Teseo taking on Fedra and Sciron , when Ariadna goes into the cave of the monster and using the famous thread.

This ¨Sword and Sandals¨ movie packs adventures , fights , mythology , impressive battles , spectacular scenarios and results to be quite amusing . The film confronts ¨Greek culture¨ as pacific , civilized , luxurious and ¨Crete or Minoic culture¨ as cruel , brutal and worshipping Gods with human sacrifices included . However , from discovery Crete by archaeologist ¨Evans¨ is considered Crete a very developed civilization , above average the countries by that time . In fact , the palace of Knososs in Crete -partially reflected on the movie- was the greatest and luxurious for that time . Furthermore , the picture mingles wrongly the Crete setting from 1600 B.C. with Greeks dressed like V century . The film is starred by Bob Mathias , an US athlete , twice world champion decathlon and justifying his fans , he plays some scenes demonstrating his abilities , along with another starring , Rick Battaglia . The pic contains evocative cinematography by Giordani and atmospheric musical score by Carlo Rustichelli accompanying the usual dancing choreography . The motion picture was well directed by Silvio Amadio who filmed another Peplum set in Babylone titled ¨Seven thunderbolts¨ . Rating : Acceptable and passable . The film will appeal to muscle-man sub-genre buffs.

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