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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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Ennio De Concini (screenplay), Carlo Lizzani (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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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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He hated war but fought for the honor of his family! See more »

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Country:

Italy | Yugoslavia

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

19 October 1961 (Italy) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

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Interesting story of early Rome with a quality musical score
31 March 2003 | by heliopauseSee all my reviews

While those of us interested in ancient stories and sword and sandals productions will find this story to be interesting, it falls short, well short, in production quality and script to be the epic it could have been.

The plot follows the story of one of the Orazi brothers of Rome, at war with Alba. This brother is accused of cowardice in battle and is captured by the Albans. He escapes, but is not warmly welcomed upon his return to Rome. After years of war, the Romans and Albans agree to decide the battle in a duel of 3 Roman brothers (the Orazi's) vs. 3 Alban brothers. In the end, this Orazi wins the day but the victory is bittersweet as displayed with his disgust for the need for killing.

What stands out is the epic musical score composed by Francesco Lavagnino at his peak. Clearly, the music is at a far different level than the movie, it elevates the story but cannot raise the production near to the realm of an epic. Still, it is a collectible for ancient movie fans. Available on budget DVD, the DVD transfer is terrible.


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