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10 September 1964 (Italy) See more »
An elite group of soldiers led by the courageous Claudius Marcellus are handpicked by Julius Caesar to embark on a desperate and dangerous suicide mission to destroy the Druids' secret weapon. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Antonio Margheriti 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arlette Combret  dialogue
Ernesto Gastaldi 
Luciano Martino 

Produced by
Mino Loy .... producer
Luciano Martino .... producer
Original Music by
Carlo Rustichelli 
Cinematography by
Fausto Zuccoli 
Film Editing by
Romana Fortini 
Production Design by
Jean-Paul Coutan-Laboureur 
Costume Design by
Riccardo Domenici 
Makeup Department
Franco Freda .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nino Fruscella .... assistant director
Roberto Pariante .... assistant director

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Also Known As:
"I giganti di Roma" - Italy (original title)
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95 min | France:88 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Anachronisms: Several of the Romans' and Gauls' horses have stirrups, which were not known in Europe until about 700 years later.See more »
Claudius Marcellus:Caesar not only wants the impossible, but he wants it right away.See more »


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The linguine Guns of Navarone, 2 May 2012
Author: Chris. from Australia

Better than average sword and sandal time-filler with the underrated Richard Harrison starring as Claudius, solider of fortune selected with three others by Caesar to undertake a deadly mission to destroy a secret weapon that the Druids are using to repel Casear's forces. Along the way, the quartet become a quintet with the addition of the young and impressionable 'boy who wants to be a warrior' type (Guida), and then a "magnificent seven" when they encounter captured Romans Edua (Tessier) and her cowardly guard Drussus (Hersent), being tortured by the Druids.

Unencumbered by the usual overdeveloped musculature, an athletic Harrison employs his trained acting to good effect as the aggressively loyal Roman solider who'll give to the last drop to secure Caesar the platform he needs to succeed. Ably supported by Italian leading man Ettore Manni and with good performances by the supporting cast, Anthony Dawson (aka Antonio Margheriti) delivers a consistently watchable, gritty and engaging picture, far more worthy than the paltry four stars it currently attracts.

Some superb battle scenes, suspense, occasional light humour, romance and tragedy are complemented by colourful characters, given extra definition through Harrison and Manni's balanced performances. It's not "The Fall of the Roman Empire" by any stretch, but as a "Guns of Navarone" of Ancient Rome (you'll see the similarities with Stanley Baker and Gia Scala's characters in particular), it does okay and should entertain.

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