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The Giant of Marathon (1959)

La battaglia di Maratona (original title)
A Greek soldier leads the fight against an invading Persian army.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Reeves ... Phillipides
Mylène Demongeot ... Andromeda (as Mylene Demongeot)
Sergio Fantoni ... Teocrito
Alberto Lupo Alberto Lupo ... Milziade
Daniele Vargas ... Darius, King of Persia (as Daniele Varga)
Gianni Loti Gianni Loti ... Teucro
Miranda Campa Miranda Campa ... Andromeda's handmaid
Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent ... Callimaco
Anita Todesco Anita Todesco ... Andromeda's friend
Ivo Garrani Ivo Garrani ... Creuso
Daniela Rocca ... Karis
Sergio Ciani ... Euros
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Senator
Carlo Lombardi Carlo Lombardi
Ignazio Balsamo Ignazio Balsamo ... Ship's Captain
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Storyline

This classical peplum tells a fictitious story set in 490 BC, the time of the Medic Wars during which Persian armies sweep the Ancient world. Having brought home to Athens the Olympic victor's laurel crown, Philippides joins as commander the Sacred Guard, which is expected to defend the city-state's liberty, a year after the chasing of the tyrant Hippias. Athenian supporters of Hippias conspire, hoping to side Philippides by marriage to Theocrites' expensive servant Charis, and thus neutralize the guard. She fails to seduce him, as his heart is already taken by a young girl before the learns her name is Andromeda, daughter of Creuso. Everything personal is likely to be put on hold when the news breaks that the Persian King of kings Darius's vast army is marching on Greece, hoping its internal division will make its conquest a walk-over. Theocrites reproaches Miltiades to hold back the sacred guard to defend the Pallas temple after a likely defeat, and proposes instead to negotiate ... Written by KGF Vissers

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A Giant Among Men in a Gigantic Spectacle! See more »

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Action | Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Battle of Marathon See more »

Filming Locations:

Titanus, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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According to Mylène Demongeot in her biography, Steve Reeves made movies only to earn enough money to buy horses and a ranch. See more »

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[U.S. poster] In Daring Color! See more »

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Edited into Alexander the Great (1963) See more »

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Pretty dull stuff
18 February 2017 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Unlike most other European sword and sandal movies of this period, "The Giant of Marathon" was picked up for North American distribution by a major Hollywood studio (Metro Goldwyn Mayer). My guess is that MGM was trying to cash in on the box office success that independent studio Embassy Pictures has with "Hercules", another sword and sandal movie with the same actor (Steve Reeves). That's the only reason why I can think of, because honestly I can't see any other selling points that the movie has. Even by standards of the era, the movie is really dull for the most part; for one thing, there is almost no action in the first half of the movie. While the second half does have some battlefield action, it's not particularly well choreographed or directed; it's not that much more exciting than what happened in the first half of the movie. Most of the movie is instead talk talk talk, none it it really engaging or interesting. I'm sure audiences back then were really bored by this movie. So it's no wonder that nobody was apparently interested in renewing the copyright for the movie, since it's now in the public domain and freely available to bore a new generation of moviegoers.


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