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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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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)

Did You Know?

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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Very Slow Start, 10 April 2007

This ambitious "sword and sandal" film gives a retelling of the story of two men, Damon and Pythias, brought together despite their two very opposite personalities. Damon, played with some heart and pluck by Guy Williams, is a wastrel, a thief, and beloved by all the people that have like lives. He has, initially no love for things like honor or duty. Pythias, played decently by Don Burnett, is the epitome of the honorable Roman out to do what is right no matter what hardships lie ahead. Well, the two become friends and face a common foe - to spin a long story short. Damon and Pythias is not a bad film despite its sluggish opening pace. The director tries to give his characters depth though they really are never explored deeply because of the limitations of the two actors. Williams is always fun to watch, however. After the first two-thirds of the film, things start to heat up - but really not enough to recommend this film. It does at the very least have a message and is full of heart - not something one sees a lot in this genre. If you are looking for lots of fighting and supernatural beasts, look elsewhere!

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