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The Giant of Marathon

The Giant of Marathon

A Feature film by Jacques Tourneur, Bruno Vailati

Release in France : 09/09/1960


    Set in 490 B.C. when the Persian armies were ready to finish conquering Greece and head into Europe, Phidippides (Steve Reeves) rallies the Athenians and they fight a series of spectacular, massive battles. In reality, Phidippides had run 140 miles to Sparta and back to ask for their help before any battles began. The Persians had already landed on the plains of Marathon, 26 miles from Athens but thanks to Phidippides forewarning, they were defeated by advancing Athenian forces. Phidippides' final run from Marathon back to Athens to warn them about a second attack by the Persian forces is not depicted in this drama -- that last run on top of the futile, 280-mile round trip to Sparta, cost him his life.

    Actors (9)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Co-production :

    Societé Cinématographique Lyre

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Tamasa Distribution

    Foreign production companies :

    Galatea, Titanus Produzione

    French distribution :

    Lux Compagnie Cinématographique de France

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    Full credits (7)

    Screenwriters :

    Ennio de Concini, Bruno Vailati

    Co-producer :

    Pierre Gurgo-Salice

    Editor :

    Mario Serandrei

    Special Effects :

    Mario Bava

    Foreign producers :

    Goffredo Lombardo, Bruno Vailati, Silvio Clementelli, Alberto Barsanti

    Director of Photography :

    Mario Bava

    Artistic Director :

    Mario Chiari

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    Feature film

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    Action , Adventure

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Italy

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    Minority French (France, Italy)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 25 min

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