In 476 BC the new republic of Rome is at war with king Porcenna of Etrusca and his allies led by the the barbarian general, Drusco. After fierce fighting Drusco offers a truce but demands that the Romans offer hostages as a sign of good faith, including Clelia, the leader of a group of women warriors. Soon the peace treaty is broken and the Roman legion, under the command of Horatio Cocles "Cyclops", prepare to make their last stand at the Sublicus Bridge.
A Thousand Tempting Beauties ... They Fought Like Ten Thousand Unchained Tigers !
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Passed by the British Board of Film Censors on 5 April 1968 with a "U" certificate, and then shown to the press and trade at United Artists' Own Theatre preview cinema in London on 23 April 1968. Thereafter, UA sent the film to only a token few cinemas during the second half of 1968, playing at Birmingham (Kings Norton and Ward End), Blackpool, Edinburgh, Hull and Manchester. See more
Drusus, the barbarian general played by Louis Jourdan is seen eating a water melon. The cultivation of watermelons is identified in the Mediterranean with the centuries following the fall of the Roman Empire. See more
[Giving his men encouragement at the bridge before being attacked
A Roman makes a good hero if he dies at the end of a battle, but if he gets killed in the first skirmish, he's a fool.