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The Lion of Thebes (1964)

Il 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 »




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


Hercules being heroic in ancient Greece.

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


References Hercules in the Haunted World (1961) See more »

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THE LION OF THEBES (Giorgio Ferroni, 1964) **1/2
7 October 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is another above-average peplum and one that's actually a follow-up to Ferroni's own THE Trojan HORSE (1961), since it follows the exploits of Helen Of Troy after the fall of that city; the earlier film had already had a sequel, THE AVENGER (1962), made by other hands but again featuring Steve Reeves in the role of Aeneas (who doesn't show up here)!

Anyway, for an obviously low-budget spectacle (with flashback footage borrowed from HORSE), the film certainly looks good - courtesy of cinematographer Angelo Lotti, who later shot the Jess Franco masterpiece VENUS IN FURS (1968)! - while the plot is filled with amusing suspense trappings: secret passageways, dungeons, a duel to the death by a snake-infested fountain, intrigues, murders, a coveted treasure, a nick-of-time escape for the heroine - strapped to a stone slab - from being crushed to death by a descending massive piece of machinery, etc.

The cast, too, is peppered with familiar faces: he-man hero Mark Forest (whose favorite role this was, according to the "DVD Drive-in" review of Trimark Home Video's 7-film set THE ADVENTURES OF HERCULES!) doesn't alter the expression of his face much during the course of the film but, at least, he fares better here than in the earlier laugh-fest GOLIATH AND THE DRAGON (1960); Yvonne Furneaux appears as Helen Of Troy and, given that the film is largely set in Egypt, I couldn't help being reminded of her role in the classic Hammer horror THE MUMMY (1959); Massimo Serato and Alberto Lupo provide a double dose of (sometimes) ripe villainy; and Rosalba Neri (yet again) as the current Pharaoh's jilted fiancée but who takes her rival Furneaux's defences, against usurper Serato, when Helen Of Troy is accused of murdering the Egyptian ruler - and suffers the consequences for her actions!

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