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The Beast of Babylon Against the Son of Hercules (1963)

L'eroe di Babilonia (original title)
The rightful heir to the throne of Babylon leads a slave revolt against an evil ruler.

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Siro Marcellini
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Scott ... Nippur
Geneviève Grad ... Tamira
Andrea Scotti Andrea Scotti ... Namar
Célina Cély Célina Cély ... Agar
Moira Orfei ... Ura
Mario Petri Mario Petri ... Zairo, King of Persia
Piero Lulli Piero Lulli ... Balthazar
Andrea Aureli ... Anarsi
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Licardio
Paola Petrini Paola Petrini
Harold Bradley Harold Bradley ... Mursuk
Aldo Pini Aldo Pini
Giuseppe Mattei Giuseppe Mattei
Oreste Lionello
Consalvo Dell'Arti Consalvo Dell'Arti
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When the high-born Nippur returns to Babylon following a long stay in Persia, he rescues slave-girl Tamira from the soldiers of the evil usurper, Balthazar. Nippur then pays a courtesy visit to Balthazar's court where he meets the high-priestess Ura who has ambitions to become queen and who casts a lustful eye on this new visitor. Later, shocked by the cruelty of Balthazar's reign and influenced by a group of rebels, Nippur interrupts a fiery sacrifice of virgins. Forced to flee Babylon, Nippur -- wounded by an arrow in the back -- is restored to health by the forces of the Persian king, Cyrus, who are marching toward Babylon. Nippur slips back into Babylon where he's captured and chained to a wall inside a dungeon. Using his great strength, Nippur breaks free, rescues Tamira before she can be sacrificed, and engages Balthazar in a to-the-death sword fight. The Persian army now arrives and Cyrus, before returning home, sees to it that Nippur sits on the throne of Babylon with the ... Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Slave girls sacrificed at the whim of a ruthless king!

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

23 August 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beast of Babylon Against the Son of Hercules See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,800,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the few movies to show Gordon Scott with chest hair. See more »

Quotes

Balthazar: [to Nippur] This very night, Agar the slave girl shall be brought to your apartments in garments worthy of your rank.
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THE HERO OF BABYLON (Siro Marcellini, 1963) **
19 April 2011 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This typical peplum featuring Gordon Scott would like to be something more than what it actually is, since the star is not some muscle-bound historical figure (which he would often get to play) but rather the returning son of a deposed king; even so, an alternate title for this was THE BEAST OF BABYLON AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES, adopted for commercial TV screenings! Still, before long, Scott is fighting off the villain's soldiers single-handedly, throwing the latter around as if they were puppets and flattening three of them at once with a log, and removing a series of prison shackles by a mere exertion of his muscles!

As usual, among the members of the rebellion against the tyrant in power (an appropriately sinister Piero Lulli, further distinguished by sporting an elaborate head-dress) is a girl whom the hero contrives to save against all odds and fall for, ensuring that when he eventually gains the throne for himself (since his father, thought a prisoner, is really dead) there will be a Queen ready to take her place by his side!; the villain, too, has a companion in evil i.e. genre fixture (and future circus owner!) Moira Orfei. By the way, the only credits to appear on the print I watched where those of the male lead and the film's very title!


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