Protests break out in Corinth against Roman domination, injuring Caius Vinicius, a Roman centurion. He's rescued by Hebe -- daughter of the anti-Roman governor, Critolaus -- who's being ... See full summary »
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A duel takes place in order to put an end to the long and bloody war between the Romans and the Albans. Three valiant brothers are chosen for each side. The Romans choose three brothers: ... See full summary »
It is 200 years before the birth of Christ and Rome is the new superpower of the ancient world. She believes she is invincible - but one man is destined to change that. He is a man bound by... See full summary »
Strongman Maciste must battle the one-eyed Cyclops monster that is ravaging the land of Sadok, while at the same time fending off the advances of the evil Queen Capys, who wants to do a little ravaging of her own.
BRENNUS takes various elements from Livy's history of the Gauls' attack on Rome, plus Plutarch's biography of Camillus, and cleverly remixes them to fashion a ripping yarn of an adventure movie. The banishment of the Roman general Camillus, the controversy over the spoils of Veii, the involvement of the Fabius brothers, the flight of the Vestal virgins from Rome, the barbarian who tugs the beard of a Roman elder, the honking of the sacred geese, and even Brennus's scornful "Woe to the vanquished!" as he heaps his sword onto the scales, are all from the historical record.
To be sure, the historical accounts are a bit more complicated and far less flattering to the Romans, but this variant is exactly the sort of heroic tale an ancient balladeer might have come up with to flatter his hosts at a Fabius family banquet. (Our hero is the dashing young Quintus Fabius, appealingly played by Tony Kendall.)
As for the barbarous Brennus, the more I see of Gordon Mitchell, the more I respect him as an actor. He makes a terrific villain; when he declares that he'll enter Rome with his new bride's head impaled on his sword, I believe it! Mitchell was equally impressive playing a tortured hero (see THE FURY OF ACHILLES and GIANT OF THE METROPOLIS).
No luck so far in finding this sword and sandal classic on DVD, alas. I managed to track down a VHS tape, but it was from a degraded full-screen print in black and white. I'd love to see this in full color and widescreen.
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