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Duel of Champions (1961)

Orazi e Curiazi (original title)
A duel takes place in order to put an end to the long and bloody war between the Romans and the Albans. Three valiant brothers are chosen for each side. The Romans choose three brothers: ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ladd ... Horatio
Franca Bettoia ... Marcia (as Franca Bettoja)
Franco Fabrizi ... Curazio
Robert Keith ... Tullio Hostilio - King of Rome
Jacqueline Derval Jacqueline Derval ... Horatia
Luciano Marin Luciano Marin ... Eli
Andrea Aureli ... King of Alba (as Andrea Aurel)
Mino Doro Mino Doro ... Caius
Osvaldo Ruggieri Osvaldo Ruggieri ... Warrior of Alba
Piero Palermini Piero Palermini ... Nevio (as Pietro Palmerini)
Violette Marceau Violette Marceau ... Healing Woman
Umberto Raho ... Grand Priest
Alfredo Varelli Alfredo Varelli ... Sabinus
Evi Marandi ... Slave
Alana Ladd Alana Ladd ... Scilla


A duel takes place in order to put an end to the long and bloody war between the Romans and the Albans. Three valiant brothers are chosen for each side. The Romans choose three brothers: the Orazi. The Albans are represented by the Curiazi. During the fierce and bloody final duel the Romans defeat their opponents. Written by Salvatore Santangelo <pappagone2@libero.it>

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The fabulous spectacular of the legendary warrior who destroyed his enemies and united a nation! See more »


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Release Date:

19 October 1961 (Italy) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Final film of Robert Keith. See more »


Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) See more »

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DUEL OF CHAMPIONS (Ferdinando Baldi and, uncredited, Terence Young, 1961) **
15 April 2006 | by MARIO GAUCISee all my reviews

This international co-production tells of a "famous" duel between two sets of three brothers (one from each side of the Romans and the Barbarians) which was to decide the fate of the ongoing war between them. While the production values sounded promising on paper – co-director Terence Young, American actors Alan Ladd and Robert Keith (whose last film this turned out to be), French star Jacques Sernas, ex-Fellini alumnus Franco Fabrizi, four noteworthy screenwriters, etc – the film comes off as a rather talky and undernourished affair which cannot hope to do justice to its mythical subject.

A visibly tired Alan Ladd, then, is evidently miscast and seems to be playing his role as if he has just stepped in from the American West rather than being at the head of a Roman legion! The hokey, would-be tragic "Romeo and Juliet" subplot involving Ladd's sister and Barbarian Fabrizi doesn't help matters either; on the plus side, however, is a sequence early on where Ladd is teared at by a pack of hungry wolves and the forest hunt by the three barbarian brothers for Ladd (after having killed his two siblings) which rebounds on themselves – with our hero, naturally, emerging victorious at the end to walk off into the sunset with his beloved.

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