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The Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete (1960)

Teseo contro il minotauro (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Fantasy | April 1961 (USA)
King Minos sacrifices the 'required' virgins to the Minotaur. As his wife lies dying, she confesses that her daughter has a twin she has secreted to avoid giving one of the girls to the ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Bob Mathias ... Prince Teseo
Rosanna Schiaffino ... Princess Fedra / Arianna
Alberto Lupo Alberto Lupo ... Chirone
Rik Battaglia ... Demetrio (as Rick Battaglia)
Carlo Tamberlani ... Minosse, Re di Creta
Nico Pepe Nico Pepe ... Gerione
Susanne Loret Susanne Loret ... Anfitrite
Nerio Bernardi Nerio Bernardi ... Re di Atene
Paul Muller ... Medico di Corte
Tiziana Casetti Tiziana Casetti ... Illia, figlia di Xanto
Alberto Plebani Alberto Plebani ... Xanto
Tina Lattanzi Tina Lattanzi ... Queen Pasiphae
Milo Malagoli Milo Malagoli ... Il Minotauro
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alberto Barberito Alberto Barberito
Emma Baron ... Madre addottiva di Arianna


King Minos sacrifices the 'required' virgins to the Minotaur. As his wife lies dying, she confesses that her daughter has a twin she has secreted to avoid giving one of the girls to the Minotaur. The daughter raised by Minos tries to have her twin killed, but failing in her first attempt, continues to try to have her given to the Minotaur. Theseus, the Greek hero, tries to prevent it. Written by merryann@palmersrv.com

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The monster that rocked a lost civilization. See more »


Adventure | Fantasy


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Release Date:

April 1961 (USA) See more »

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The Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Bob Mathias, appearing here as "Theseus," was a two-time Olympic gold-medalist in the Decathlon, winning in 1948 and again in 1952. See more »


[first lines]
Sunis, il gran Sacerdote: The menace of death's dreadful helm now displayed to our dear Queen Pasiphae. Receive, oh Minotaur, the sacrifice of our virgin youth in tribute to thy vast glory. For this, grant but this wish; Lord of Evil take not from us our queen's life.
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Theseus Should've Taken Amphytrion's Offer
11 January 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is a pretty good peplum film, based on the Theseus legend. It leaves out the ball of yarn gimmick that I recall from Bullfinch, alas; that made it a better story for me, showing Ariadne not only looked good in a short chiton, but had some brains.

Still, that's not what people watch swords-and-sandals flick for. The costume design is handsome, and there's some very nice photography under the supervision of Aldo Giordani, particularly the sequence with Theseus' rescue from drowning and Susanne Loret as Amphytrion. Bob Mathias plays Theseus and there's a bit with him throwing the discus. His principal claim to fame was winning Decathlon Gold at two Olympics, and he played himself in a cheap Allied Artist biopic, but his acting career was uninspiring.

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