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Action , feats and adventures by a valiant team undertaking a dangerous assignment
"Giants of Rome" is an average storytelling about Caesar and Vercingetorix , dealing with adventures of a brave group behind the enemy lines . This is a fairly Sword and Sandals standard from the 60s starred by the American hunk Richard Harrison who acted in several Spaghetti and Musclemen epics . It's made middling scale with some spectacular scenes and Peplum style. It concerns about Julius Caesar and his famous existence on Gaul, including feats, fights, political events , betrayal, wars and the known battle of Alesia . Vercingetorix provokes a general rebellion against Roman domination, he rallies his people and tribes when they are threatened by army commanded by Julius Caesar (Alexandro Sperli). Caesar asks troops to senate ruled by senator Pompeius( Piero Lulli) for fighting against the Barbarians . Caesar assigns a risked mission to Claudius Marcellus (Richard Harrison) who enlists a squad of specialists (Ettore Manni ,Alberto Dell'Acqua )and swears Caesar that they will encounter the giant arms before Caesar carries out his attack some days later. Our heroes get trapped and tortured repeatedly but arrange to getaway . Along the way, they flee from a Druid jail and take a prisoned Roman soldier and the gorgeous Livilla (Wandisa Guida) who falls in love with Marcellus . Although the deeds described are historical inaccurate, some events are vivid and authentic.
The action is regularly done and the story drags occasionally, however to be liked for hardcore Peplum lovers. This Sword and Sandals movie is a crossover in Peplum ink of ¨Guns of Navarone¨ with a powerful weapon that threatens the army , including a traitor and ¨Dirty dozen¨ also with a team of experts on diverse skills . The picture is partially based on historical events when happened Roman-Gaul wars. These are the following : Gallic chieftain Vercingetorix (dead 46 a.c) was an insightful and valiant warrior, whose father was captured and executed by Romans, he was leader a rebellion against Roman domination. He seeks justice by winning freedom for Gaul from the Romans, and soon he raises an army of his own to defeat Caesar . Vercingetorix was definitely defeated in Alesia, where took place a long siege.
Other adaptations about Caesar and Vercingetorix are the following : ¨Julius Caesar the conqueror¨(1962) with Rik Battaglia as Vercingentorix and Cameron Mitchell as Caesar ; 'Vercingetorix(2001)' by Jacques Dorffman with Chistopher Lambert and Klaus Mara Brandauer ; 'Julius Caesar(2004 TV)' by Uli Edel with Jeremy Sisto as Caesar and Heino Ferch as Vercingetorix.
The motion picture is professionally directed by Anthony M. Dawson or Antonio Margheriti , an Italian craftsman expert on adventure and Peplum as he proved in 1964 Ursus, Il Terrore Dei Kirghisi , 1964 Soraya, Queen of desert , 1963 El Justiciero Rojo , 1963 Il Crollo di Roma , 1962 La Freccia d'Oro , among others . Rating : 5,5 ; passable and acceptable.
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