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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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SEE the wild revelry of the victory feast! See more »

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Country:

Italy | Yugoslavia

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

19 October 1961 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Duel of Champions See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alan Ladd going through strenuous trials and ordeals as an unwilling hero for Rome
21 May 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is not a film you should miss if you are an admirer of Alan Ladd, although this was one of his last films and he is rather tired; but he makes a startling performance as the outcast, one of three brothers who are the main champions of Rome, banished for assumed cowardice - he is never allowed to state his case or defend himself against the alleged charges. His voice is already marked by the cancer he died of a few years later at only 50, and the impression he creates by his character is of deep melancholy - he is rather an anti-hero than a hero, although he ultimately manages all his challenges.

It's not a great or important film, but it's one of the best Peplums - there is a great variety of Peplums of very second rate quality, all dealing with ancient times in Greece or Rome, often with mythological subjects and always with great fights and stylish monumentality. In this film the quality is further enhanced and lifted forth by the excellent music, one of Lavagnino's best. So if you can endure the hardships of various laborious Peplums, this should come in as a healthy change with a different and more earnest string moving the heart.


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