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The Pagans (1953)

Il sacco di Roma (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History | 1 June 1958 (USA)
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Rome, 1527. Massimo Colonna is in love with Angela, a member of the Orsinis, the Colonnas'arch enemies. As she is officially engaged to Tancredi Serra, the latter, a faithless individual, ... See full summary »


Ferruccio Cerio


Ferruccio Cerio (screenplay), Ferruccio Cerio (story) | 6 more credits »





Credited cast:
Pierre Cressoy ... Massimo Colonna
Hélène Rémy ... Angela Orsini
Vittorio Sanipoli ... Tancredi Serra
Luigi Tosi Luigi Tosi ... Benvenuto Cellini
Annamaria Bugliari Annamaria Bugliari ... Giulia
Alfredo Varelli Alfredo Varelli ... Pope Clement VII
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruno Baschiera Bruno Baschiera ... Conestabile di Borboni
Lina Battaglini Lina Battaglini ... Adriana Orsini
Nora Bellinzaghi Nora Bellinzaghi ... Eleonora Orsini
Aldo Bettoni Aldo Bettoni ... Antonio Orsini (as Gian Aldo Bettoni)
Mimo Billi Mimo Billi ... Colonel Frundsberg
Mariolina Bovo Mariolina Bovo
Bettina Metcalf Bugnano Bettina Metcalf Bugnano ... Maria-Luisa Orsini
Maurizio Di Nardo Maurizio Di Nardo ... Ottavio Orsini
Franco Fabrizi ... Fanfulla Da Lodi


Rome, 1527. Massimo Colonna is in love with Angela, a member of the Orsinis, the Colonnas'arch enemies. As she is officially engaged to Tancredi Serra, the latter, a faithless individual, has Massimo accused of the murder of Prince Orsini whereas he himself has woven it. Massimo is rejected by an outraged Angela and banned from Rome.Meanwhile the Eternal City has to face a brutal attack by armed invaders from Spain. The Spaniards are about to storm Rome when Massimo and his troops appear. The invading forces are defeated and Massimo is acclaimed by the crowd. After clearing his name, he can marry Angela. Written by Guy Bellinger

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ASSAULTING...RAVISHING...PLUNDERING...Animal-like Hordes, Hot for Blood and Hungry for Conquest...With the World's Most Fabulous Women As Their Victims! See more »


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Release Date:

1 June 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Barbarians See more »

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Production Co:

Laura Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 15069 delivered on 19 September 1953. See more »

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Listless spectacle
29 June 2007 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

Originally titled "The Sack of Rome", this film tells the story of the taking of Rome in 1527 by the Spanish armies of Charles V. While those times were full of intrigue, power plays and brutal battles, you sure can't tell that by this sluggish film. The overheated script combines with acting that ranges from over-the-top to nearly comatose and hackneyed, by-the-numbers direction to sink whatever possibilities this "epic" may have had. On the upside, the producers managed to get their hands on some medieval castles that look like they may well have dated back to the period in which this film is set and could even have been involved in the battles themselves, and they sprung for the expense of utilizing hundreds of extras in the action scenes, On the downside, though, is the fact that those action scenes are so ineptly staged--some of the "cavalrymen" have trouble controlling and staying on their horses--poorly shot and sloppily edited that whatever money was spent on them was a waste. The costumes look authentic--although they would have looked better in color--and the score isn't as inappropriate as they tend to be in these Italian spectacles, though it's a bit tinny.

Worth a look, maybe, but don't expect much.

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