Sex, torture and betrayal in Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, leader of the Hebrews, believes his people can co-exist with the Sodomites, a disastrous decision.Written by
Jeanne Armintrout <Jeannee@uwyo.edu>
Curiously, the British Board of Film Censors have mislaid the exact date they passed this film, although a spokesman confirmed that it was given an "X" certificate in "late 1962." In any event, the imposition of an "X" (for adults only) proved to be something of an additional handicap. Opening at the Odeon, Marble Arch, on 29 November 1962, the film ran a disappointing 6 weeks (compared with 69 weeks by Quo Vadis (1951), a previous "X" rated epic. Sodom and Gomorrah did not get a road show run and played for just one week in most towns and cities. The UK television premiere was on BBC2 on 26 May 1973. ITV later acquired an abridged 99-minute version (retitled The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah) which they premiered on 6 August 1988. See more »
(at around 1h 20 mins) During the overhead scene which shows the men riding horses toward battle, you can see vehicle tire tracks. See more »
Mammoth, colorful and entertaining French-Italian Biblical spectacle chronicling the wars surrounding--and eventual demise of--the twin cities. Stewart Granger plays Hebrew leader Lot, caught in the middle as his people's village is burned to the ground, leaving just one place left to go: across the lake where the wicked and tempting reside. Battle sequences and an impressive flood are worthy of DeMille, though the melodramatics are just as heavy and silly, with the subtext of sexual evil tiptoed around. Good performances, excellent usage of Moroccan locales, and with an unflagging direction by Robert Aldrich (who reportedly fired his 2nd unit director, Sergio Leone, mid-production). **1/2 from ****
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