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Hero of Rome (1964)
"Il colosso di Roma" (original title)

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In ancient Rome, the people finally oust their despised king, Tarquinius, and declare the city a republic. Tarquinius makes an alliance with the Etruscan king, Porsenna, to take back power ... See full summary »

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Mucius
Gabriella Pallotta ...
Clelia
Massimo Serato ...
Tarquin
Gabriele Antonini ...
Arunte
Maria Pia Conte ...
Valeria
Roldano Lupi ...
Porsenna
Philippe Hersent ...
Publicola
Franco Fantasia ...
Claudius
Bernard Farber ...
Milone
Nando Angelini ...
Etruscan Soldier
Fortunato Arena ...
Etruscan Soldier
Tullio Altamura ...
Senator
Valerio Tordi ...
Servius
Attilio Dottesio ...
Senator
Gaetano Quartararo ...
Senator
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In ancient Rome, the people finally oust their despised king, Tarquinius, and declare the city a republic. Tarquinius makes an alliance with the Etruscan king, Porsenna, to take back power in Rome, but a Roman general, the heroic Mucius, sets out to stop him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Arunte: [to Muzio] Perhaps when you've felt the most horrible of all tortures, you'll become a little more reasonable.
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Simple film version of legendary Roman heroes Mucius Scaevola and Cloelia
16 September 2001 | by (Oberhausen, Germany) – See all my reviews

Among Italian peplums of the period around 1960, there were some concerned with Roman legend, including "Coriolano, eroe senza patria", which was also helmed by Giorgio Ferroni. "Il colosso di Roma" is another example.

After having overthrown their king, Tarquinius Superbus (Massimo Serato), Rome is a young republic. Tarquinius tries to regain his throne with the military assistance of the Etruscan king, Porsenna (Roldano Lupi). Film sets in with Romans suffering from hunger, and top-notch soldier Mucius first securing the arrival of a corn transport, then deciding to kill Porsenna. In the king's camp he kills the wrong man, is captured, but proves his boldness by voluntarily burning his right hand in an open flame. The tiny, but crucial story about Roman bravery, which originally has a noble youngster as the failing killer, is generously embellished and furnished with a muscular experienced military leader as Mucius instead, played by ex-Tarzan Gordon Scott.

As the story progresses, it is interwoven with another heroic character from Latin legend, Cloelia, who is presented as Mucius' fiancée. She is among the hostages produced to secure the peace with Porsenna, but organizes the escape across the River Tiber when they find themselves betrayed. Her rôle is performed by one of the countless second-rate beauties of Italian screens, Gabriella Pallotta.

Although it may be deemed interesting to illustrate a national saga of yore, the film's pathetic hero-worship seems out of date for the mid-sixties. Still, monumental adventures were fashionable, and Italy's writers happy with any adaptable material. It is almost surprising how much of the legend's original idea can be recognized.

Expectations of a grand epic, as nurtured by the heavily orchestrated opening credits of nearly three minutes, are not at all lived up to by the following 82 (in the version I saw) minutes. Achievements are hardly average in all categories, although cinematography (Augusto Tiezzi) and score (Angelo Francesco Lavagnino) come from peplum's most experienced artists. Not even its best-hated villain, Massimo Serato, is really credible as Tarquinius. Fighting scenes are well staged, although some of the material seems to be taken from other films, too.


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