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Goliath and the Dragon (1960)

La vendetta di Ercole (original title)
A warrior returning home to his country must battle giant bats, three-headed dogs and a vicious dragon to save his wife, and his people, from the machinations of an evil ruler.

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Vittorio Cottafavi

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Marcello Baldi (story) (as Marco Piccolo), Nicolò Ferrari (story) (as Archibald Zounds Jr.) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Forest ... Ercole / Emilius the Goliath
Broderick Crawford ... King Eurystheus
Gaby André ... Ismene
Renato Terra Renato Terra ... Antoneos (as Renato Terra Caizzi)
Federica Ranchi Federica Ranchi ... Thea
Ugo Sasso Ugo Sasso ... Timocleo di Medar
Sandro Moretti ... Illo
Salvatore Furnari Salvatore Furnari ... Little Peasant
Giancarlo Sbragia ... Tindaro
Michele Gentilini Michele Gentilini
Wandisa Guida Wandisa Guida ... Alcinoe
Nino Milano Nino Milano ... Lica
Leonora Ruffo ... Dejanira
Spartaco Nale Spartaco Nale
Carla Calò Carla Calò ... La Sibilla
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A warrior returning home to his country must battle giant bats, three-headed dogs and a vicious dragon to save his wife, and his people, from the machinations of an evil ruler.

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

November 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa #32650 issued August 11, 1960. See more »

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In the beginning of the film, when Goliath climbs down into the cave, a thin rope can be seen tied to him. See more »

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Narrator: Emelius the Mighty, the Goliath of Thebes, lived in the days when men worshiped strange pagan gods; believing in their magical powers with unshakable faith. Legend has it that Goliath served the god of vengeance and the goddess of the four winds. In return for his devotion, he was said to be favored with immortality. He would never know death at the hands of any mortal. Goliath was held in awe by his friends and enemies alike. Only one man, Eurytheus, the tyrant of Italia, did not ...
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Alternate Versions

The American International Pictures version has a different editing, new musical score, additional scenes - namely stop motion animation of the dragon done by Jim Danforth and Wah Chang. See more »

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Goliath and the Dragon
11 December 2006 | by mhrabovsky1-1See all my reviews

After the amazing success of "Goliath and the Barbarians" with Steve Reeves, American International pictures decided to go "Goliath" again and picked up the option on "Goliath and the Dragon".....Reeves was offered the role but due to conflicts with another film, American muscleman Mark Forrest took the role of Goliath. Talk about a goofy film.....Forrest certainly has the muscles for the role, but the cardboard sets, bats and monsters flying in on a wire you can see....and a man in a bear suit fighting Goliath....geez!!! Broderick Crawford dropped his Highway Patrol microphone and played Eurytus, a maniac despot with a penciled in scar on his face who tries to get rid of Goliath anyway he can, including sicking his pet dragon on Goliath. Goliath fights elephants, centaurs, bats, bears and manages to pull down two giant trees with a rope to the ground!! On well, if Steve Reeves could pull a tree out of the ground in "Hercules" I guess Goliath could pull down a couple too...... Absolute silly scene with Forrest as Goliath fighting a rubber dragon with a plastic knife breathing fire.....phoniest dragon up close you have ever seen!! Producers even used the same musical sound track for this film as "Goliath and the Barbarians" to save a few bucks I guess. Forrest went on to star in a number of muscleman flicks that Reeves apparently wasn't interested in making. Forrest appeared as Goliath again in "Goliath and the Sins of Babylon" again for American International pictures......guess they tried to milk the Goliath role for all they could get!!!


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