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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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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)
Aspect Ratio:
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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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Amusing at first, 28 October 2005
Author: pninson from Seattle, Washington

In the U.S., very few films have been made about Rome that were not set in the time of Julius Caesar or shortly thereafter. Hollywood's sword and sandal epics mostly have a Christian theme, which makes it difficult to get into earlier Roman history (Spartacus was probably the first exception to this rule, and encountered some resistance in Hollywood because it did not have Jesus in it).

It's interesting to see at least one picture that not only takes place before the time of Caesar and Christ, but is set when Rome was only one city among many on the Italian peninsula, and had just ousted the hated King Tarquin and formed the Republic.

However, this is not a historical film; it's peplum, and while the production values aren't rock bottom, the acting and characterizations are cardboard. I can only imagine what the dialogue was like in Italian, but with wooden English dubbing it's very campy. I got a few good laughs out of it at first.

I haven't seen many films of this genre, having missed most of the Hercules movies of the 60s. It's amusing up to a point, but as the film goes on, it gets somewhat boring.

One thing's for sure: if I'd seen this movie when I was ten years old, I would have loved it. At that age, I went for anything with Romans and swordfights in it. So at least, this flick brought back some childhood memories.

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