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Amazons of Rome (1961)

Le vergini di Roma (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama | 6 March 1963 (USA)
A warrior chieftain dashes between his barbaric allies and a beleaguered city that's being defended by embattled women warriors.

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Luigi Emmanuele (screenplay), Luigi Emmanuele (story) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Louis Jourdan ... Drusco
Sylvia Syms ... Clelia
Jean Chevrier ... Porcenna - Etruscan Leader
Nicole Courcel ... Lucilla - Porcenna's Wife
Ettore Manni ... Horatio / Cocles - Roman Consul
Paola Falchi Paola Falchi ... Aurelia
Renaud Mary Renaud Mary ... Stravos
Michel Piccoli ... Console Publicola
Corrado Pani ... Muzio Scevola
Nicolas Vogel Nicolas Vogel ... Rasmal
María Luisa Rolando María Luisa Rolando ... Donna Romana
Carlo Giustini Carlo Giustini ... Bruto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacques Dufilho Jacques Dufilho
Andrej Gardenin Andrej Gardenin ... Fencer
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A warrior chieftain dashes between his barbaric allies and a beleaguered city that's being defended by embattled women warriors.

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A Thousand Tempting Beauties ... They Fought Like Ten Thousand Unchained Tigers !

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Adventure | Drama

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Country:

Italy | France | Yugoslavia

Language:

Italian

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6 March 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amazons of Rome See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Director Vittorio Cottafavi started the picture, but was fired after three weeks (he and Louis Jourdan did not get along) and replaced by Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia. See more »

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During the fight on the bridge near the beginning of the film, a barbarian fighter is slashed and grabs his face with his hands. You can clearly see a Band-Aid on his thumb. See more »

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Well mounted Peplum with one big problem: Louis Jourdan as a Barbarian
4 November 2007 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

I recently saw AMAZONS OF ROME on cable. The first thing that stood out was the look. The quality of the transfer was truly beautiful: pristine and sharp. The lighting, the background sky, the sets, the costumes, everything looked authentic and gorgeous. Credit should go to cinematographer Marc Fossard. It looked like it was filmed yesterday. Much better looking than 90% of Peplums made during that time, including the stilted and dull THE 300 SPARTANS. With that said, the story is lifeless. It lacks urgency. Is it a comedy or a drama? The whole thing looks like a bad sex comedy. Sorta like GIDGET GOES TO WAR. Or THE COLOSSUS & THE AMAZON QUEEN.

But the film's biggest liability was casting Louis Jourdan as a Barbarian. What, Cary Grant wasn't available? I'm certain producers hired Jourdan in order to get financing for the film but it was a big mistake. He's simply too debonair to be a Barbarian. Sylvia Syms looks like Julie Andrews before Julie Andrews made her first movie. The best actor in the whole thing is Ettore Manni. Totally believable in anything he does, certainly in Sword & Sandal films. What a great, overlooked actor.

It's a shame the production team for this film wasn't involved in a more action oriented or serious story. The looked of it all would have rocked even more if it hadn't been involved with such a lightweight story.


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