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The Lion of Thebes (1964)

Leone di Tebe (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 28 June 1964 (Italy)
Hercules being heroic in ancient Greece.


Giorgio Ferroni


Andrey De Coligny (story), Remigio Del Grosso (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview:
Mark Forest ... Arian
Yvonne Furneaux ... Elena di Troia
Massimo Serato ... Tutmes
Pierre Cressoy Pierre Cressoy ... Ramses
Nerio Bernardi Nerio Bernardi ... Xesostus
Rosalba Neri ... Nais
Carlo Tamberlani Carlo Tamberlani ... Menophis
Nello Pazzafini ... Wrestler
Pietro Capanna Pietro Capanna
Roberto Messina Roberto Messina ... Wrestler (as Giovanni Messina)
Tullio Altamura Tullio Altamura ... Elnà, mercante di gioielli
Enzo Fiermonte ... Ufficiale di Tutmès
Valerio Tordi Valerio Tordi
Diego Michelotti Diego Michelotti
Alberto Lupo Alberto Lupo ... Menelao


Hercules being heroic in ancient Greece.

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28 June 1964 (Italy) See more »

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Italian censorship visa # 43027 delivered on 27-5-1964 See more »


Edited from The Trojan Horse (1961) See more »

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Mythological epic with a magnificent he-man : the corpulent Mark Forest
19 September 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Menelao (Alberto Lupo) and Helen of Troy (Ivonne Furneaux) are going to Greece when they are shipwrecked on shores of Egypt . Menelao disappears and Helen stays under protection of superhero Aron (Mark Forest) . Our protagonist unhesitatingly goes into action and must use his strength to save the woman he loves from villain Tutmes (Massimo Serato) who is pharaoh's counselor (Pierre Cressoy as Ramses) . Then , he becomes inextricably involved in a war between rulers of High Egypt (capital is Tebas) and Under Egypt (center is Sais) . The Greek warrior under the command the Egyptian troops must fight against the enemies .

This is a good spaghetti , myth-opera with action , love , battles and luxurious scenarios . The movie has not mythological accuracy neither historical prospect . The picture contains stock shots from anterior films , as some flashbacks of previous movie by Giorgo Ferroni : ¨The Trojan horse¨and battle scenes . Mark Forest , in his last film , is perfect as the mythical hero who encounters many dangerous situations while trying save his true love -the queen Helen- of numerous odds . Forest who played the mythic Maciste in great number of movies was randomly assigned the identity of Hércules , Goliath , Samson or here Aron for U.S. viewing . Robust and strong Forest was a muscle-man who left allegedly the sword and sandals genre for the Opera , he used the amount of money he made acting as hero and gladiators films in Italy to study Opera , he currently teaches in the Los Angeles zone . He was one along with Ed Fury , Dan Vadis , Brad Harris ,Alan Steel , Reg Park , Gordon Scott whom to seek fortune acting absurdly muscle mythological figures , but nobody topped Steve Reeves in popularity . Above average muscle-men fodder and better than most muscles operas-spaghetti , thanks to Mark Forest and by Peplum specialist like is fine director Giorgo Ferroni .

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