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Giants of Rome (1964)

I giganti di Roma (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, War | 10 September 1964 (Italy)
An elite group of soldiers led by the courageous Claudius Marcellus are handpicked by Julius Caesar to embark on a desperate and dangerous suicide mission to destroy the Druids' secret weapon.

Director:

Antonio Margheriti

Writers:

Arlette Combret (dialogue), Ernesto Gastaldi | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Richard Harrison ... Claudius Marcellus
Wandisa Guida Wandisa Guida ... Livilla
Ettore Manni ... Castor
Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent ... Drusus
Ralph Hudson Ralph Hudson ... Germanicus
Nicole Tessier Nicole Tessier ... Edua
Goffredo Unger ... Varo
Renato Baldini ... Drood
Piero Lulli Piero Lulli ... Pompeus
Alessandro Sperli Alessandro Sperli ... Julius Caesar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aldo Cecconi Aldo Cecconi
Maurizio Conti Maurizio Conti
Alberto Dell'Acqua Alberto Dell'Acqua ... Valerius
Jean Claude Madal Jean Claude Madal
Renato Montalbano Renato Montalbano
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An elite group of soldiers led by the courageous Claudius Marcellus are handpicked by Julius Caesar to embark on a desperate and dangerous suicide mission to destroy the Druids' secret weapon.

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Adventure | War

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

10 September 1964 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Los gigantes de Roma See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Germania was a name for Germany first used by the Romans by Julius Caesar in his commentaries on the Gallic Wars, and the name "Germanicus" was derived from that. Hence no soldier in Caesar army in Gaul would have been named Germanicus. See more »

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Claudius Marcellus: Caesar not only wants the impossible, but he wants it right away.
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The linguine Guns of Navarone

Better than average sword and sandal time-filler with the underrated Richard Harrison starring as Claudius, solider of fortune selected with three others by Caesar to undertake a deadly mission to destroy a secret weapon that the Druids are using to repel Casear's forces. Along the way, the quartet become a quintet with the addition of the young and impressionable 'boy who wants to be a warrior' type (Guida), and then a "magnificent seven" when they encounter captured Romans Edua (Tessier) and her cowardly guard Drussus (Hersent), being tortured by the Druids.

Unencumbered by the usual overdeveloped musculature, an athletic Harrison employs his trained acting to good effect as the aggressively loyal Roman solider who'll give to the last drop to secure Caesar the platform he needs to succeed. Ably supported by Italian leading man Ettore Manni and with good performances by the supporting cast, Anthony Dawson (aka Antonio Margheriti) delivers a consistently watchable, gritty and engaging picture, far more worthy than the paltry four stars it currently attracts.

Some superb battle scenes, suspense, occasional light humour, romance and tragedy are complemented by colourful characters, given extra definition through Harrison and Manni's balanced performances. It's not "The Fall of the Roman Empire" by any stretch, but as a "Guns of Navarone" of Ancient Rome (you'll see the similarities with Stanley Baker and Gia Scala's characters in particular), it does okay and should entertain.


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