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Sex, torture and betrayal in Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, leader of the Hebrews, believes his people can co-exist with the Sodomites, a disastrous decision.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lot
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Astaroth
Rossana Podestà ...
Shuah (as Rossana Podesta)
Rik Battaglia ...
Melchior
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart ...
Ishmael (as Giacomo Rossi Stuart)
Scilla Gabel ...
Tamar
Anthony Steffen ...
The Captain (as Antonio De Teffe)
Enzo Fiermonte ...
Eber
Gabriele Tinti ...
Lieutenant
Daniele Vargas ...
Segur
Claudia Mori ...
Maleb
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ...
Alabias (as Feodor Chaliapin)
Mitsuko Takara ...
Orphea (as Mitzuko Takara)
Massimo Pietrobon ...
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Sex, torture and betrayal in Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, leader of the Hebrews, believes his people can co-exist with the Sodomites, a disastrous decision. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <Jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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The cities that mocked the very name of God...The vengeance that tore the Earth asunder! See more »


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| (1963) | (1979) | (heavily cut)

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Sergio Leone was hired to direct the second unit on the film but left shortly after production began. To this day, it is unclear whether he quit or was fired. See more »

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(at around 1h 20 mins) During the overhead scene which shows the men riding horses toward battle, you can see vehicle tire tracks. See more »

Quotes

Ildith: Evil? How strange you are. Where I come from, nothing is evil. Everything that gives pleasure is good!
Lot: Where do you come from?
Ildith: There, not far, just ahead - Sodom and Gomorrah.
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A Lot of fun
22 January 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Sodom and Gomorrah is much better than its reputation implies. Although often co-credited to Sergio Leone for tax reasons, it's a Robert Aldrich picture all the way, although Aldrich's style isn't always compatible with the expectations of the epic genre – he's not interested in the sets and some of the most impressive visual compositions are cut very, very short in the editing. Nor is it as decadent or violent as you might expect from the director who would go on to make The Killing of Sister George and The Dirty Dozen. But it is entertaining, with Aldrich managing to get away with more sadism than De Mille ever did, and throwing in a splendid pair of villains in Stanley Baker's perverted prince and Anouk Aimee's lesbian Queen, who easily steal the show from Stewart Granger and the Children of Israel. The supporting cast isn't always as distinguished as the voice cast who redub them (Andrew Keir and Mane Maitland among those in the dubbing theatre), and it's strange to see Granger heading the cast when his tenure at MGM was marked by his refusal to make almost any epic they offered him (Quo Vadis among them), but its still head and shoulders above the standard Italian peplum of the day. Throw in a real doozey of a prolonged battle scene and the last of Miklos Rozsa's Biblical epic scores and you've got a film that may not be fit for Sunday School but which makes for an entertaining two-and-a-half hours. And yes, it really does have a line at the beginning about watching out for Sodomites! The only DVD version available at time of writing is a very variable German DVD with an optional English soundtrack. Letterboxed at 1.85:1, the transfer varies from fine to looking like poor video tape, often varying from shot to shot.


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