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Damon and Pythias -- Pythias, a liberal Athenian who believes all men are brothers, is condemned to death by Dionysus, the tyrant of Syracuse, who finds this view dangerous.


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June 1962 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Guy Williams ... Damon
Don Burnett ... Pythias
Ilaria Occhini ... Nerissa
Liana Orfei ... Adriana
Marina Berti ... Mereka - Nerissa's Friend

Arnoldo Foà ... Dionysius the Tyrant
Carlo Giustini ... Cariso
Aldo Silvani ... Patriarch
Andrea Bosic ... Arcanos
Maurizio Baldoni ... Dionysius the Younger
Franco Fantasia ... Rumius the Fencing Master
Osvaldo Ruggieri ... Demetrius - Nerissa's Brother

Lawrence Montaigne ... Flute Player
Enrico Glori ... Nikos
Gianni Bonagura ... Phylemon
Vittorio Bonos ... Digenis
Carlo Rizzo ... Libia
Giovanna Maculani ... Hermione
Enzo Fiermonte
Tiberio Mitri
Franco Ressel
Tiberio Murgia
Luigi Bonos
Maurizio Bedoni
Giovanni Bagliori
Carolyn De Fonseca ... Chloe (as Carolyn Fonseca)
Carla Bonavera
Enrico Salvatore
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aldo Pini ... Fencing Master (uncredited)

Directed by
Curtis Bernhardt 
Writing credits
Samuel Marx  story and
Samuel Marx  screenplay &
Franco Riganti  screenplay

Paola Ojetti (english version) story &
Franco Riganti (english version) story and
Bridget Boland (english version) screenplay &
Barry Oringer (english version) screenplay

Produced by
Sam Jaffe .... associate producer
Samuel Marx .... associate producer
Franco Riganti .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino  (as A.F. Lavagnino)
Cinematography by
Aldo Tonti (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Niccolò Lazzari 
Production Design by
Alberto Boccianti 
Set Decoration by
Ennio Michettoni 
Costume Design by
Adriana Berselli 
Makeup Department
Nilo Jacoponi .... makeup artist
Rosa Luciani .... hair stylist
Production Management
Giorgio Riganti .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alberto Cardone .... assistant director
Art Department
Italo Tomassi .... manager of art department (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Joseph Nathanson .... matte shots
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Kuveiller .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Franco Ferrara .... conductor: Orchestra Filarmonica Romana
Other crew
Franco Fantasia .... fencing master
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Il tiranno di Siracusa" - Italy (original title)
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USA:99 min | Italy:101 min
Color (Metrocolor) | Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Sound Recording)

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Pythagoreanism, the philosophical and religious tradition on which the legend is based, was founded by Pythagoras of Samos (c. 570-495 BC). They made important contributions to mathematics, astronomy, music, and popularized vegetarianism and the training of women in philosophy.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
What A Guy Won't Do For A Friend, 4 December 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Damon And Pythias the retelling of the legendary friendship from Greek mythology is a cut above the usual peplum product from Italy at the time. It benefits a bit from Hollywood director Curtis Bernhardt although the film is way too slow. A lot from the first half of the movie could have been cut.

Pythias as played by Don Burnett is on a mission from Athens to Syracuse where he's to fetch back the Pythagorean field man in Syracuse back to the home office in Athens. In Athens the school of Pythagoras is a respected form of philosophy, Syracuse they're considered a dangerous cult and hunted down by its ruler Dionysius played by Arnaldo Foa.

While in Syracuse Burnett meets up with Guy Williams playing Damon who is a rogue in a manner befitting Errol Flynn. But Williams is a jaded sort and he sees Burnett really walks the walk in the philosophy of universal brotherhood that the Pythagoreans preach. It's not quite as simple as that, but the Pythagoreans here are presented as a forerunner of Christianity.

It all gets put to the test when Burnett is caught by Foa and Williams offers himself up as hostage in his place so Burnett can return to Athens to care for his sick wife. Foa decided to let him go through with it, thinking that no one would be dumb enough to return once free and that would discredit the philosophy which is finding favor in Syracuse.

Williams and Burnett were a pair of refugees from television, Burnett had done the Northwest Passage television show and Williams had just finished his run with Walt Disney's Zorro. Damon And Pythias never did establish them as film stars. Williams came along twenty years too late, in the thirties he could have been another Errol Flynn. He would have a run with Lost In Space after this film. Both their careers had petered out by the Seventies.

Damon And Pythias is a bit more literate than the usual peplum item. But it is also sluggish and dull in spots. It's a curiosity nevertheless and might be worth a look.

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