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Duel of the Titans (1961)

Romolo e Remo (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | June 1963 (USA)
Twin brothers revolt against tyranny in pre-Roman Italy and then come to a parting of the ways as they lead their people toward the founding of a new city.

Director:

Sergio Corbucci

Writers:

Luciano Martino (story), Sergio Corbucci (story) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Reeves ... Romulus
Gordon Scott ... Remus
Virna Lisi ... Julia
Franco Volpi Franco Volpi ... Amulio
Laura Solari ... Rea Silvia
Piero Lulli Piero Lulli ... Sulpicius
José Greci José Greci ... Estia
Gianni Musy Gianni Musy ... Compagno di Romolo (as Gianni Musy Glori)
Inger Milton Inger Milton ... Sira
Enzo Cerusico Enzo Cerusico ... Numa Pompilio
Andrea Bosic Andrea Bosic ... Faustolo
Enrico Glori Enrico Glori ... Cittadino di Alba
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci ... Acilio
Germano Longo Germano Longo ... Scebro
Bruno Tocci Bruno Tocci ... Pristino
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Storyline

Twin half-mortal boys are placed in a basket and abandoned in a river. A she-wolf rescues and nurtures them until they are recovered by a shepherd, who brings the two boys up as his own. Twenty years later in 733 BC, Romulus and Remus now lead a band of theives against the two tyranical kings of the Sabines. When they meet their mother just before she dies, she tells them that they are destined to be the founders of a great city, called Rome. Written by bcarruthers-76500

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

June 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duel of the Titans See more »

Filming Locations:

Titanus, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(video)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

To insure that the American public knew who the two stars were, the promotional material released by Paramount listed them as "Steve (Hercules) Reeves" and "Gordon (Tarzan) Scott." See more »

Quotes

Romulus: Mother. Speak to us mother.
Remus: We've destroyed the city but we'll come back and build a bigger and better one.
Rea Silvia: [as she lays dying] No. Not here. This city has been destroyed through fire. For it is written you will found an immortal city on the other side of the great marsh beyond the mountain of fire in the valley of the seven hills
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A fine Example of a Sword n' Sandal
13 September 2008 | by lostinactionSee all my reviews

From the 60's up to the 80's Italian Movie Producers made money with Horror Pictures, Comedies, Spaghetti Western, Giallo, Poliziotteschi and other Genres. But there was another unique Subgenre before: Sword n' Sandal Movies. Many of later well known Directors like Mario Bava, Sergio Leone, Enzo Barboni, Duccio Tessari and many more worked and learned in this Sub-Genre. Sergio Corbucci was one of them either. He should later become famous for directing Spaghetti-Western like Django, Navajo Joe, Il Mercenario, Companeros and many more. Romulus and Remo was one of his first directing jobs and IMO he did it very well. But Corbucci wasn't the Highlight in 1961. People went to cinema to watch the clash of two Action Heroes of that time: Steve Reeve (Hercules) as Romulus against Gordon Scott (Tarzan) as Remo.

Both Actors were allowed to show their muscles and they have some pretty good fights. Next to them there are two attractive women Virna Lisi as blonde Princess of the Sabina Tribe and Laura Solari as an Amazon Warrior. The Story is about the mythology of the founding of Rome "The Eternal City". Romulus (or Romolo) and Remo (or Remus) are twin brothers who were wet-nursed by a female wolf. Surprisingly the Movie follows more and the less the mythology with few inventions. In the storyline there are some flaws but IMO not as terrible as in other Sword n' Sandals. The Action and the Fights are all well shot. There is a high body count but don't worry no blood. During watching it I got the feeling to watch a Spaghetti-Western with a lot of Horse riding and swords instead of guns. Most of the scenes are typically for this genre: a fight in a gladiator arena, a pagan scene, a torture scene and many more. "Romolo e Remo" is a fine entertaining Example for this Subgenre with a nice music too.

Up to the mid 60's the Sword n' Sandal Movies weren't produced any more in Italy. The audience wanted to see something new. Gordon Scott and Steve Reeve disappeared from the screen. Musclemen weren't popular any more. In the 80's a new Muscleman conquered Hollywood: Arnold Schwarzenegger.


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