Based on the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel. Set in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius just before its famous eruption, the film begins with Glaucus, a Roman legionnaire, returning to his home from ... See full summary »
A Greek military hero named Darios visits his uncle in Rhodes in the year 280 BC. Rhodes has just finished constructing an enormous colossus of Apollo to guard its harbor and is planning an alliance with Phoenicia which would be hostile to Greece. Darios flirts with the beautiful Diala, daughter of the statue's mastermind, while becoming involved with a group of rebels headed by Peliocles. These rebels seek to overthrow the tyrannical King Serse as does Serse's evil second-in-command, Thar. The rebels' revolt seems to fail, with Peliocles and his men being captured and forced to provide amusement in the local arena, but an earthquake eventually upsets, not only the Colossus in the harbor, but the balance of power in Rhodes as well.Written by
dinky-4 of Minneapolis
Wonderful action thriller is like a B.C. Hitchcock film
"Colossus of Rhodes" is a wonderful action thriller with the added elements of a Hitchcock film. Rory Calhoun is terrific as the lusty Greek playboy visiting the island who finds himself literally in the middle of a sinister conspiracy. His villa is invaded at night by mysterious marauders and a very exciting fight ensues with Calhoun outnumbered and desperately fighting until he's downed... It seems the noble young lady he's been chasing (Lea Massari) is also in it up to her pretty neck. As Calhoun gets more drawn in, his safety is compromised and he has to take a side. The duel he fights inside and outside the colossal statue is an unforgettable piece of cinema. It's a pleasure to see Calhoun in this role which suits him, the devil-may-care playboy reluctantly forced into violent action to risk his own skin and stand up for what's right. He was an underrated actor who deserved more roles than the many westerns to which he was mainly relegated. This is one of the few times he got to break the mold and it's a winner. Great action, good plot, outstanding costumes and sets add to the enjoyment of seeing this film.
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