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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 ... 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
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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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The Legendary Conflict of Mankind's Mightiest Mortals! See more »


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Trivia

For its U.S. release, Paramount changed the title to the more dynamic sounding "Duel of the Titans." There was also the concern that most Americans would not know who Romulus and Remus were. See more »

Quotes

Romulus: [to Julia] My name's Romulus. What's yours?
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Referenced in The Wages of Sin (2003) See more »

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Two towering sword and sandals stars in a historical exciting production
10 October 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A good cinematic adaptation from legendary history of Rome founders which joined two Peplum's two greatest heroes . Two twin brothers , sons of God Marte and Rea Silvia are dropped to the river Arno . They are breast-feed by a she-wolf . One time grown-up , Rómulo (Steve Reeves) and Remo (Gordon Scott) for the foundation of city of Roma fight against the dictator king Amulio (Volpi) ruler from Alba-Longa . Romulo kidnaps a gorgeous princess (Virna Lisi) falling in love , then her father , the King (Massimo Girotti) of Sabinos pursues them . Romulo and Remo arrive in the valley of sevens hills (Palatino , Capitolino..) , battleground for warring rival brothers and they confront each other . Romulo will make a furrow , as signal of Roma foundation . Romulo became a King (753-15 B.C) uniting the various slopes ; his successor was Numa Pompilio (Enzo Cerusico) .

This is an enjoyable myth-opera with struggles , love and hatred , tortures and including meticulously battle scenes that convey us a spectacular scenario . Reeves and Scott are perfect as the mythical heroes who encounter pretty risked situations while trying to find a location for foundation a city . The producers originally wanted Steve Reeves to play both Romulus and Remus , but he declined to do double roles and recommended former Tarzan Gordon Scott and the protagonists were both born in the same year -1926- . Steve Reeves achieved an enormous success as Peplum starring (Hercules , Hercules and Queen of Lidia , Battle of Marathon) and nobody topped him in popularity . Gordon Scott was the second greatest hero , he played as Goliath in various movies and other bouncing characters (Coroliano , Muzio Scevola , Lion of Tebas) . Agreeable screenplay with historical remarks by two Spaghetti Western masters : Sergio Leone and Duccio Tessari . Colorful cinematography by Enzo Barboni (Trinity/Hill and Bambino/Spencer films director). The motion picture was well directed by Sergio Corbucci (Django) . Rating : Above average muscle-men and better than most epic opera-spaghetti , thanks to Steve Reeves and Gordon Scott .


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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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Gross USA:

$3,161,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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