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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.


Sergio Corbucci


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




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 ... 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 ... Cittadino di Alba
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci ... Acilio
Germano Longo Germano Longo ... Scebro
Bruno Tocci Bruno Tocci ... Pristino


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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Steve (Hercules) Reeves vs. Gordon (Tarzan) Scott in the Legendary Conflict of Mankind's Mightiest Mortals! See more »


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In the United States, most of the Italian produced sword and sandal/mythological muscle man movies were booked by exhibitors into their "B" theaters, usually as part of a double feature. With the teaming of both Steve Reeves and Gordon Scott, Paramount was able to get this booked into many "A" theaters as a single feature. See more »


Curzio: [speaking of Romulus] Take this horse thief and cut him to pieces!
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Legendary Founders of Rome
12 February 2006 | by steven-222See all my reviews

One of these days, I hope, we'll see a serious re-evaluation of the so-called sword & sandal genre of historical/mythic epics produced in Italy in the 1950s and '60s. When seen in ideal circumstances—excellent prints in the original widescreen formats—the best examples of the genre are quite impressive. DUEL OF THE TITANS (ROMOLO E REMO) is one of the best, and it's magnificent.

This is not a muscleman fantasy with superhuman feats of strength, like HERCULES, but a serious retelling of the foundation myth of Rome. Various elements of the Romulus and Remus story are freely but intelligently reinterpreted, the sets and costumes have a convincing Iron Age look, and the larger-than-life characters of the legendary Twins are strongly portrayed by Gordon Scott and Steve Reeves. Both actors are at the peak of their considerable cinematic charisma. (Virna Lisi as Julia and Ornella Vanoni as the pants-wearing Tarpeia are also impressive!)

As I write (2006), the movie is virtually impossible to find except as a bootleg. It deserves a DVD release of a quality widescreen print.

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Titanus, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »


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2.35 : 1
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