A demobilized centurion returns home to Pompeii to find his father murdered by a gang of black-hooded Christian robbers that terrorizes the city and he decides to investigate the matter while the nearby volcano threatens to erupt.
Antigonus, archon of Corinth, wants to build a magnificent temple dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite, for which the people are oppressed by new and very high taxes. The sculptor Demetrius, ... See full summary »
Mount Vesuvius looms ominously over the doomed city of Pompeii, a city in turmoil. Its citizens are being terrorized by a group of black-hooded thieves on the rampage, murdering entire families, and looting their homes. Strangely, they're also leaving a calling card. The sign of the Christian cross is being left as a remainder of who has carried out these terrible acts. On his way into the city, Centurion Glaucus Lito, is looking forward to seeing his father after completing his military service. When he arrives at his father's house he finds it in ruins and is told that his father has been murdered by the same masked raiders menacing the city. Glaucus begins to make enquiries, aided by the help of his friends, but begins to doubt that the peaceful Christian community are responsible for these murders. He soon finds out that the situation is a lot more complicated than he originally thought. After more extensive enquiries he discovers a conspiracy within the political and religious ...Written by
Christine Kaufmann, the actress who played Ione, the Consul's daughter, in the movie was only 14 years old at the time. A few years later she married Tony Curtis and "Spartacus," Kirk Douglas was the best man at the wedding. See more »
This was loosely based on the 1834 novel by Bulwer-Lytton and is a "sword and sandals" epic that was made in Italy and dubbed into English.Steve Reeves is a Roman noblemans' son. While he is away, his father is killed by villains who leave a black cross painted at the murder site, to implicate Christians.
When the disaster Finally happens, the fire special effects are OK, but not much more, but the eruptions also cause earthquakes, making those much more impressive.
Among the films' stupidities: one character answers to four different names in the film; the character is named Nydia, but also answers to Nivia, Lyvia, and Lydia--I have no idea what people were thinking in dubbing. Film periodically yelps about converting pagans, but doesn't trouble itself to keep track of non-pagans once they've fulfilled plot requirements: they're just cardboard characters to be eliminated in the final fifteen minutes. the film flat-out forgets a character in the climactic scenes. In the final analysis the film is silly, but a Lot more enjoyable than more Important (and pretentious) movies.
Christine Kaufman, who also starred in this film, has conflicting biographical and professional information available. One source says she made one film, another three, still another says she made thirty films. This website says she has 111 filmed appearances to her name.
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