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Sodom and Gomorrah (1962)

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.

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Writers:

Hugo Butler (original screenplay), Giorgio Prosperi (original screenplay assisted by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Granger ... Lot
Pier Angeli ... Ildith
Stanley Baker ... Astaroth
Rossana Podestà ... Shuah (as Rossana Podesta)
Rik Battaglia ... Melchior
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... Ishmael
Scilla Gabel ... Tamar
Anthony Steffen ... The Captain (as Antonio De Teffe)
Enzo Fiermonte ... Eber
Gabriele Tinti ... Lieutenant
Daniele Vargas ... Segur
Claudia Mori ... Maleb
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Alabias (as Feodor Chaliapin)
Mitsuko Takara Mitsuko Takara ... Orphea (as Mitzuko Takara)
Massimo Pietrobon Massimo Pietrobon ... Isaac
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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>

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The cities that mocked the very name of God...The vengeance that tore the Earth asunder! See more »


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Country:

Italy | France | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Indonesian

Release Date:

23 January 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah See more »

Filming Locations:

Ait Benhaddou, Morocco See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1963) | (1979) | (heavily cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot over a period of 11 months. See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

[as the traitor Melchior is trapped in flames and pleading for mercy]
Ishmael: I hear no voice. The dead cannot speak.
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Action version, freely adapted, of the Old Testament tale
5 July 1999 | by cinemelSee all my reviews

Robert Aldrich has directed an entertaining, though far from serious retelling, of the Old Testament saga. The story starts out sticking close to the original. Lot ( Stewart Granger) decides to split with his Uncle Abraham and take his group of Hebrews on a different route as they make their nomadic way across the desert. Of course they come upon the evil cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The characters they meet there are bigger than life. The Queen of Sodom is wickedly played by the wonderful Anouk Aimee. She rules the twin cities of the Plain with her leering brother portrayed by Stanley Baker. They both have a ball chewing the scenery and seducing whomever strikes their fancy. The Queen has the eye for young female beauties. Her brother has an eye for both of Lot's daughters. These fun plot additions are distinct divergences from the Old Testament tale. Lot himself falls for the slave girl (Pier Angeli). Royal intrigues and political betrayals run rampant. There are also some good action sequences. One in particular has the Hebrews protecting the cities from invading intruders by destroying a dam they have built inundating their enemies as Moses would do centuries later. Of course, the spectacular finale is the destruction of the cities followed by the Pillar of Salt transformation of Lot's wife. The script writers have left out the tidbit about Lot's own daughters getting him drunk and taking him to bed because they think they are the last people on earth. I guess that was a bit too racy for the audiences in 1962. "Sodom & Gomorrah" came at the tail end of the cycle of biblical spectacles. It certainly wasn't the worst. Its entertainment value includes a superb score by Miklos Rozsa which raises all of the fighting and heavy breathing to a higher level than one would expect.


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