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Slave Queen of Babylon (1963)

Io Semiramide (original title)
Story of an ancient Assyrian queen that supposedly took place around 810 B.C.

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Kir
Renzo Ricci ...
Minurte
Gianni Rizzo ...
Ghelas
Germano Longo ...
Omnos
John Bartha ...
Althar (as Gian Barta)
Nino Di Napoli ...
Adath, the King's son
Valérie Camille ...
Ballerina
Mario Laurentino ...
Oerte
Piero Pastore ...
Shabli
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Naval Constructor
Ugo Sasso ...
Omnos' Officer
Annamaria Ubaldi ...
Maid (as Anna M. Ubaldi)
Harold Bradley ...
Semiramide's Coloured Slave
Antonio Corevi ...
Zagros
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Storyline

General Onnos returns from a successful military campaign to the Assyrian capital of Nineveh. He presents King Minurte with a number of newly-captured slaves including Kir, defeated king of the Dardanians. Kir attracts the attention of Semiramis, a beautiful young woman who's a member of Minurte's court and who has imperial ambitions. She persuades Minurte to give her a province and then uses slave labor, including Kir, to build herself a city which becomes Babylon. All this time she schemes to overthrow Minurte using shifting alliances with both Kir and General Onnos. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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22 March 1963 (Italy)  »

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I Am Semiramis  »

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2.35 : 1
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John Ericson's voice is dubbed by another actor in the English language version. See more »

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Onnos: [speaking to Ghelas of Kir] Possibly he could live a few more hours or days, according to the wishes of the gods, but now, thanks to you, his death will come much quicker.
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Goddess or devil?
28 June 2016 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

Assyrian king Minurte (Renzo Ricci) is getting old, and his son is still a child who cannot follow on the throne yet. Several members of the court are thinking about taking the throne or at least use the opportunity to share the power of the new ruler. There is Semiramis (Yvonne Furneaux), a woman who is enchanting any man and wants to build Babylon, a city of her own design. Then we have Kir (John Ericson), the enslaved young king of another country and a great warrior, Omnos (Germano Longo), an ambitious, successful general, and last not least Ghelas (Gianni Rizzo), an adviser to the king. The complex story revolves around intrigue, treachery and murder. Some characters are not really round, and if the credits state that 5 different screenplay writers were involved, I can imagine they wanted to push it into different directions, perhaps. Semiramis herself is everything from tragic goddess to relentless devil, depending on which scenes you watch. But despite some plot holes, the movie is entertaining enough to watch, 1960s costume drama above average.


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