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Slave Queen of Babylon (1963)

Io Semiramide (original title)
Story of an ancient Assyrian queen that supposedly took place around 810 B.C.

Director:

Primo Zeglio

Writers:

Fede Arnaud (screenplay), Alberto Liberati (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yvonne Furneaux ... Semiramide
John Ericson ... Kir
Renzo Ricci ... Minurte
Gianni Rizzo Gianni Rizzo ... Ghelas
Germano Longo Germano Longo ... Omnos
John Bartha John Bartha ... Althar (as Gian Barta)
Nino Di Napoli Nino Di Napoli ... Adath, the King's son
Valérie Camille Valérie Camille ... Ballerina
Mario Laurentino Mario Laurentino ... Oerte
Piero Pastore Piero Pastore ... Shabli
Mario Passante ... Naval Constructor
Ugo Sasso Ugo Sasso ... Omnos' Officer
Annamaria Ubaldi Annamaria Ubaldi ... Maid (as Anna M. Ubaldi)
Harold Bradley Harold Bradley ... Semiramide's Coloured Slave
Antonio Corevi Antonio Corevi ... Zagros
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Storyline

General Onnos returns from a successful military campaign to the Assyrian capital of Nineveh. He presents King Minurte with a number of newly-captured slaves including Kir, defeated king of the Dardanians. Kir attracts the attention of Semiramis, a beautiful young woman who's a member of Minurte's court and who has imperial ambitions. She persuades Minurte to give her a province and then uses slave labor, including Kir, to build herself a city which becomes Babylon. All this time she schemes to overthrow Minurte using shifting alliances with both Kir and General Onnos. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

22 March 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

I Am Semiramis See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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John Ericson's voice is dubbed by another actor in the English language version. See more »

Quotes

Onnos: [speaking to Ghelas of Kir] Possibly he could live a few more hours or days, according to the wishes of the gods, but now, thanks to you, his death will come much quicker.
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A Satisfactory Sword & Sandal Film
22 November 2014 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

"Semiramide" (Yvonne Furneaux) is a beautiful but evil woman who happens to be a member of the court "Minuret" (Renzo Ricci) who is the ruler of the Assyrian Empire. Because she longs to be the complete ruler herself she schemes with a general named "Onnos" (Germano Longo) against Minuret while at the same time using Minuret to keep Onnos in check as well. Her main weakness however is her love for a captured king of the Dardanians by the name of "Kir" (John Erickson) who has been reduced to slavery under Onnos. Now rather than risk spoiling this movie for those who haven't seen it I will just say that this was a satisfactory "sword and sandal" film for the most part. I especially liked the internal political drama created by both Semiramide and Onnos. Likewise, the presence of Yvonne Furneaux certainly didn't hurt the scenery either. Be that as it may, I rate this movie as slightly above average.


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