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10 September 1964 (Italy) See more »
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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
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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 
 
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Franco Freda .... makeup artist
 
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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
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Anachronisms: Germania was a name for Germany first used by the Romans by Julius Caesar in his commentaries on the Gallic Wars, and the name "Germanicus" was derived from that. Hence no soldier in Caesar army in Gaul would have been named Germanicus.See more »
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Drood:We Druids have mastered the art of torture. We are well acquainted with the human body and we know where to apply a white-hot iron to produce the maximum pain.
Claudius Marcellus:If you want to burn my flesh, do it, but don't bore me with your stupid questions.
Drood:You will pay dearly for those words, Roman. Take him away!
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THE GIANTS OF ROME (Antonio Margheriti, 1964) **, 15 April 2006
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

Playing almost like a Roman-era version of THE GUNS OF NAVARONE (1961) – with an elite group of specially-skilled soldiers handpicked by Julius Caesar to go on a suicide mission and destroy the Druids' secret weapon – this is an agreeable time waster which is moved along at a brisk and efficient pace by prolific director Margheriti. He was perhaps the most erratic of the three Italian genre specialists (the others being, obviously, Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava) who basically set the foundation of what today is referred to as "Euro-Cult"; I've now watched some 9 of his films and the most satisfying have been his 2 horror outings starring Barbara Steele – THE LONG HAIR OF DEATH (1964) and CASTLE OF BLOOD (1964).

Sensibly, THE GIANTS OF ROME does not opt to make its heroes invincible (as was usually the case in films of this type) and despite a happy ending, all but one member of the group lose their life in accomplishing the all-important mission. The "secret weapon", however, turns out to be a major let-down: though one of the Romans expresses great surprise at never having seen anything like it, a little while later the leader of the group refers to it by name as if he had been around such devices all his life! Still, the most hilarious moment of the film came when the leading lady solemnly tells our hero her life-story which includes the fate of her father, one Fulvius Lucisanus (Fulvio Lucisano being a leading Italian producer of the time, though he doesn't seem to have had anything to do with this particular title!!)…

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