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The Colossus of Rhodes (1961)

Il colosso di Rodi (original title)
While on holiday in Rhodes, Athenian war hero Darios becomes involved in two different plots to overthrow the tyrannical king, one from Rhodian patriots and the other from sinister Phoenician agents.

Director:

Sergio Leone

Writers:

Ennio De Concini (story), Sergio Leone (story) | 12 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Calhoun ... Dario
Lea Massari ... Diala
Georges Marchal ... Peliocle (as George Marchal)
Conrado San Martín ... Tireo / Thar (as Conrado Sanmartin)
Ángel Aranda ... Koros
Mabel Karr ... Mirte
Mimmo Palmara ... Ares
Roberto Camardiel ... Serse
Alfio Caltabiano Alfio Caltabiano ... Creonte (as Alf Randal)
George Rigaud ... Lisippo (as Jorge Rigaud)
Yann Larvor Yann Larvor ... Mahor
Carlo Tamberlani Carlo Tamberlani ... Xenon
Félix Fernández ... Carete
Ignazio Dolce Ignazio Dolce ... (as Ignazio Dolce)
Antonio Casas ... Phoenician Ambassador
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Storyline

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

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A Monster Statue Of Bronze And Stone Twenty Stories Tall Guarded Their Secret!


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R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | France | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

11 August 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Colossus of Rhodes See more »

Filming Locations:

Bay of Biscay, Atlantic Ocean See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Spanish)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The widescreen process used is TotalScope, an Italian version of Cinemascope. See more »

Goofs

The molten lead used to discourage the attack on the statue is red and looks like tomato sauce. Real molten lead is sliver in color. See more »

Quotes

Thar: [referring to Darios] Kill him!
Diala: NO!
Thar: Why not, Diala?
Diala: It'd be too easy for him.
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Wonderful action thriller is like a B.C. Hitchcock film
24 April 2004 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

"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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