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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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Alberto Barsanti (idea), Raffaello Pacini (idea) | 3 more credits »
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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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Country:

Italy | France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Titanus, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,335,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,735,000
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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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Trivia

It's pretty clear from the title on the screen that it translates to "The Battle of Marathon", which makes more sense since a good part of the film is dedicated to that particular event, even if it is greatly fictionalized. The change to "The Giant of Marathon" seems to be focused on highlighting Steve Reeves, which also makes sense. See more »

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

Alternate Versions

The version now being seen in the USA was taken from the Lux (French) release version. It has been modified with the main title in English (the remainder of the credits are in French) and the English dialog track. It also contains shots of graphic violence that were deleted from the original US version that was released to theatres by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1960. See more »

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The Giant of Marathon
1 January 2006 | by mhrabovsky1-1See all my reviews

Giant of Marathon was made during a very busy 1959 for Steve Reeves, as he completed "Hercules Unchained", "The Great White Warrior", and "Goliath and the Barbarians" while also making Giant of Marathon. Steve Reeves was by far the king of these so called "sword and sandal" epics churning out of Italy during the late 50s and early 60s...and why not? Reeves had a muscle bulging physique second to none and was by far the best looking of the muscle guys who made these Hercules type films in Italy. The story concerns the city of Athens and all of Greece being invaded by sea and land by the traitor Darius and his Persian army. Reeves is the hero of the olimpic games and a hero to all of Greece. As such a duo of traitors tries to convince him to team up with the Persians and attempt to lure him with wicked women and seduction. Along the way a very lovely Mylene Demengeot, a 1960s Angelina Jolie look alike with the big lips becomes his love interest. Plenty of action on land and sea and a good wresting match with Reeves and a blubber gut wrestler who feels insulted by Reeves. Check out the underwater scenes with Reeve's greeks planting long speared boulders in the water to sink Persian ships. This is a typical Reeves muscleman epic. Just watching the lovely Demengeot throughout is fun for the male audience. Reeves basically single handedly wipes out the persians and the traitors and wins his love interest in the end. Good fun for the Saturday afternoon crowd and Reeves fans in general.


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