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Hero of Rome -- Muscle star Gordon Scott (Goliath and the Vampires) stars in the epic Hero of Rome, a tale of action and dishonor. When Scott attempts to slay the leader of an opposing army, his failure prompts him to thrust his killing hand into a blazing fire as penance. He then must learn to fight one-handed and reclaim his honor in this rousing adventure from director Giorgio Ferroni (Mill of the Stone Women).


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25 June 1964 (Italy) See more »
A story of justice and tyranny with the fate of Rome in the balance. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Peplum based on historical characters : Scevola and the Kings Tarquinio and Porsena See more (6 total) »


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Gordon Scott ... 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
Antonio Corevi ... Etruscan Physician
Gianni Baghino ... Etruscan Soldier

Directed by
Giorgio Ferroni 
Writing credits
Alberta Montanti (based on a story by)

Antonio Visone (scenario)

Remigio Del Grosso  screenplay

Original Music by
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino  (as A. Francesco Lavagnino)
Cinematography by
Augusto Tiezzi 
Film Editing by
Antonietta Zita 
Production Design by
Antonio Visone 
Art Direction by
Gérard Cohen 
Joëlle Janin 
Set Decoration by
Carlo Gentili 
Costume Design by
Elio Micheli 
Makeup Department
Salvatore Cotroneo .... hair stylist
Massimo Giustini .... makeup artist
Violetta Pacelli .... hair stylist
Production Management
Diego Alchimede .... production manager
Italo Tallone .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giorgio Stegani .... assistant director
Sound Department
Guido Felicioni .... sound
Pietro Ortolani .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Luigi Allegretti .... camera operator
Giovanni Bonivento .... assistant camera
Renato Mascagno .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Graziella Zita .... assistant editor
Other crew
Giovanni Siracusa .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Il colosso di Roma" - Italy (original title)
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USA:90 min | Italy:90 min | France:85 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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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.See more »


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Peplum based on historical characters : Scevola and the Kings Tarquinio and Porsena, 17 October 2007
Author: ma-cortes

The king Tarquinio is banished from Roma . Mucio Scevola (Gordon Scott) married to Clelia goes to Porsena's headquarter and demonstrates his courage by burning himself a hand , for that reason is named Scevola (the left-handed) . Tarquinio (Massimo Serato) unites to Lars Porsena (Roldano Lupi) , king of Etruscos . They ask to Romans as hostages a group of young women (Gabriella Pallota , Maria Pia Conte). But Aronte(Antonini) , Porsena's son , enamored to Valena (Pia Conte) frees her and she passes the river Tiber . Meantime , Scevola hides his hand into an iron glove and begins the fighting .

This is an enjoyable sword and sandals movie with historical backstage , action , a love story , battles and spectacular scenarios . Gordon Scott is top-notch , as the historic hero who finds many dangerous situations while attempting to save Rome and his true love , Clelia , of several risks . Strong and robust Gordon Scott was a magnificent muscle-man . He was one along with Ed Fury , Brad Harris , Kirk Morris , Reg Park , Mark Forest , among others , whom to seek fame and fortune acting absurdly as muscle mythological figures , but anybody topped Steve Reeves and Gordon Scott in popularity . He played another historical character : ¨Coroliano , hero without country¨ with battle stock shots taken from this one and directed again by Giorgo Ferroni , a Peplum expert (Conquest of Micenas , Trojan war) . The motion picture is based on true events but has not prospect historical . The real deeds are the following : Tarquino(534-509, B.C.) was the seventh and last king of Roma and he governs tyrannically . The rape of Lucrecia by his son caused a riot and he was overthrown , the Roman Republic was proclaimed and he actually disappeared . Rating : Better than average Peplum fodder and better than most Sword and Sandals movies , thanks to Gordon Scott and slick direction by Giorgo Ferroni .

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