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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:

The Giant of Marathon See more »

Filming Locations:

Titanus, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,335,000, 31 December 1960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,735,000, 31 December 1960
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director of photography Mario Bava was called to step in as director (uncredited) to finish the film, as Jacques Tourneur did not wish to extend his ten month contract. Galatea Film decided to reward Bava by giving him a chance to develop his own project as a solo director, Black Sunday (1960). 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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Edited into Film socialisme (2010) See more »

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Ravishing Valentine to Steve Reeves
19 March 2007 | by PrincessAnankaSee all my reviews

This is the ultimate tribute to Steve Reeve's phenomenal male beauty, captured in all its glory at the peak of his powers in l959. "Giant of Marathon" is given an exhilarating beginning with the powerful music score of Roberto Nicolosi, whose symphonic theme, underscores a nearly naked Reeves in brief scenes that showcase his power in the beginning of this vastly entertaining swords and sandals saga. When he swims towards the camera and comes up for air, the music swells and we see a rare glimpse of Reeves laughing. In another snippet, he's shown wrestling with another athlete and both are clad in very brief white loin clothes. It's sexual connotations is definitely there but Reeves looks so god-like you can't imagine him doing anything so earthy as coupling with another handsome jock. Throughout the running time, Reeves magnificent torso and charisma are given the star treatment, especially in the final portion where he and his warriors swim underwater to sabotage the enemy. In their flimsy briefs, this proves to be a beefcake bonanza, featuring not only Reeves but numerous handsome Italian extras. Mario Bava and Jacques Tourneur directed this classic adventure tale with Bava also responsible for the outstanding photography. From this film, he was launched into his legendary series of horror classics, creating such classics as "Kill, Baby, Kill," "Black Sabbath" and others. Reeves is beardless in this adventure and it adds to his boyish charm. At the beginning, he is crowned with a wreath of olive leaves and wearing only his loin cloth, his incredible torso is displayed in all its glory. If you're a Steve Reeves fan--which I definitely am--you might also explore the series of muscle man moveis made by Reeves American cohort, Lou Degni, re-named Mark Forest from the Bronx and a Mr. America winner. His physique is also stunning with a handsome face and acting ability to go with it. "Giant of Marathon" should be restored to its full technicolor glory. Even more than "Hercules Unchained," this is the Steve Reeves movie that fully exploits his extraordinary beauty.


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