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The Loves of Salammbo (1960)

Salambò (original title)
During the 3rd century B.C. a horde of barbarians are hired by the Phoenian city of Carthage to fight against the Roman empire, but when the city's ruler is unable to fulfill the promised ... See full summary »


Sergio Grieco


Mario Caiano, Gustave Flaubert (novel) | 4 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Jeanne Valérie ... Salambò
Jacques Sernas ... Mathos
Edmund Purdom ... Narr Havas
Arnoldo Foà ... Spendius
Riccardo Garrone ... Hamilcar
Kamala Devi ... Maiden
Charles Fawcett Charles Fawcett ... Annone
Brunella Bovo Brunella Bovo ... Neshma
Andrea Aureli ... Kohamir
Raf Baldassarre Raf Baldassarre ... Capo Mercenario
Nando Tamberlani Nando Tamberlani ... Gran Sacerdote
Ivano Staccioli Ivano Staccioli ... Gell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonio Basile Antonio Basile
Pasquale Basile Pasquale Basile
Vittorio Duse


During the 3rd century B.C. a horde of barbarians are hired by the Phoenian city of Carthage to fight against the Roman empire, but when the city's ruler is unable to fulfill the promised payment made to the mercenaries, they attack the African settlement, where Salammbô --the king's daughter and high priestess of goddess Tanit- tries to settle the matter when the Barbarian leader who has fallen for her steals the sacred veil of Carthage from the temple, without taking into account the evil schemes of a powerful member of the council of wise men. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

October 1962 (USA) See more »

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Stella Film,Fides Films See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mathos: Kill me if you want to, but you've got to hear me first. I love you, Salambo. I love you.
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Passable Peplum with colorful outdoors, breathtaking battles, a love story and historical events freely based on Gustave Flaubert novel
1 November 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

It is set in III century BC , the Carthagenian are battling Romans and then Carthage hires mercenaries to support their fight. But the Carthagenians don't execute the agreement about the terms of payment .Then the revengeful mercenaries carry out an upheaval against them . Meanwhile, Salammbo, gorgeous Jeanne Valere, the highest priestess of the bloody Goddess Tanit attempts to settle the conflict by gettting a covenant , but things go wrong when the mercenaries led by Jacques Sernas, are betrayed by the main member of the council of wise men, Edmund Purdom.

An acceptable sword and sandals movie with intrigues , thrills emotion and impressive battles . Freely based on the known novel by Gustave Flauvert, the film inspires itself on the prestigious book taking parts here and there. Here appears some historical characters, as the notorious general Amilcar Barca, father of Annibal and Asdrubal who battled fiercely the Romans in the Punic Wars . Decent main cast as the very young Jeanne Valere as Salammbo, the virginal priestess , daughter of Amilcar Barca and who falls really in love with the mercenary chief played by Jacques Sernas, he exacts a vendetta stealing the sacred veil of the Goddess Tanit from the temple where the Chartaginian practice human sacrifices . Support cast is pretty good, full of secondaries of the 60s and 70s such as Riccardo Garrone, Arnaldo Foa, Kamala Devi who subsequently had a brief Hollywod career, Nando Tamberlani, Raf Baldassarre, Ivano Stacciolini, Andrea Aureli, Franco Franchi , Pasquale Basile, among others.

The motion picture was professionally directed by Sergio Grieco. He was a good craftsman who made a lot of adventures, action and thrillers movies as Sergeant Klems, SOS agent 017, Rififi in Amsterdam, The mysterious swordsman , Lucrezia Borgia, La regina dei Tartaro, Il Capitano di Ferro, Pirates of the Black Hawk....

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