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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)
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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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An Act Of Bravura, 4 December 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I am in agreement with the reviewer who says that most peplum pictures involving the Roman Empire start with the era of Julius Caesar and go through the pagan and Christian eras and then the fall. There are very few involving the original kingdom which was simply Rome and its suburbs and the Republic that came from it.

Modern historians are not in general agreement as to what constitutes myth and what constitutes fact in the early days. Two stories of the early Republic are combined into one film in Hero Of Rome starring former Tarzan Gordon Scott.

Scott plays Mucius Scaveola, the last name translated means left handed. He became such for an act of incredible bravura. When he went into the camp of the Etruscan king who was besieging Rome and missed assassinating him. When captured and ordered to be put to death, Mucius thrust his right hand, his sword hand into a flame and held it there for several seconds. The Etruscan king was so impressed he set him free.

The second story is the overthrow of King Tarquinis the seventh and last king of Rome. Tarquinis simply went into exile and out of history like Francois Villon or Jean Lafitte. But here the two stories are combined and as these stories are legend, the Italian filmmakers just did a little legend combining.

According to Wikipedia the Roman history Livy is the source for all of this. No other sources survive so his word has to be taken. Nevertheless Scott does a good job and Hero Of Rome is definitely a cut above the glut of peplum pictures from the early Sixties.

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