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Son of Cleopatra (1964)
"Il figlio di Cleopatra" (original title)

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In Roman-dominated Egypt, the corrupt administration of a governor named Petronius has sparked a revolt headed by El Kabir, a young man who learns that he's actually the son of Cleopatra ... See full summary »

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Mark Damon ...
El Kebir
Scilla Gabel ...
Livia
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Varrone
Livio Lorenzon ...
Petronio
Samira Ahmed ...
Meroe
Alberto Lupo ...
Shukry Sarhan ...
Akro
Leila Fawzi ...
Hermia (as Laila Fawzi)
Paolo Gozlino ...
Furio
Yehia Chahine ...
Safar (as Yehia Shaine)
Hassan Youssef ...
Uro
Corrado Annicelli ...
Longino
Franco Fantasia ...
Vetero
Alberto Cevenini
Mahmoud Farag ...
Tarok
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In Roman-dominated Egypt, the corrupt administration of a governor named Petronius has sparked a revolt headed by El Kabir, a young man who learns that he's actually the son of Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. When Petronius' daughter, Livia, newly-arrived from Rome, falls into his hands, El Kabir uses this opportunity to win her over to his side before releasing her to her father. Livia's efforts to promote peace, however, are thwarted, and only the arrival of Octavian Caesar can bring about a resolution to the troubled situation. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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A "Sword & Sandal" with lots of sand
24 September 2000 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

Mark Damon plays the leader of a desert tribe in 1st-century-B.C. Egypt. Angered by the corrupt rule of the Roman governor, he leads a revolt against this governor, even though he's become romantically involved with the governor's daughter whom he holds hostage.

Damon played in a few of these "Sword & Sandal" movies but his good looks had a softness to them which kept him from becoming a truly-persuasive action hero. His upper teeth also seemed a bit too-widely spaced for one of those Cinemascope smiles, but unlike Steve Reeves, Gordon Scott, and other stars of this genre, he had hair on his chest! (His torso is put on display here when he kneels down, hugs a stone altar, and is given a lashing across his bare back by horsemen wielding whips. This flogging ranks 23rd in the book "Lash! The 100 Great Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the Movies.")

Fans of this kind of movie will find the usual array of battles, intrigue, romance, colorful costumes, gaudy sets, comic-book dialog, etc. What puts "Son of Cleopatra" a bit apart from the others are some impressive desert tableaux of armies marching across desert scenery. It may not match "Lawrence of Arabia," but all that sand and sky still looks pretty impressive.

One note: the movie's script seems to forget that Cleopatra was not Egyptian but was actually Greek.


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