aka Il Gigante Di Metropolis
Director Umberto Scarpelli Writers Sabatino Ciuffini, Ambrogio Molteni, Oreste Palella, Emimmo Salvi, Umberto Scarpelli, Gino Stafford
Cast Gordon Mitchell (Obro), Bella Cortez (Princess Mecede), Roldano Lupi (King Yotar), Liana Orfei (Queen Texen)
Tonight we pose the eternal question: How many weightlifters does it take to change a light bulb? Ten - one to change it, and nine to stand around him saying “You’re looking HUGE, man...” With that, we hit the sword and sandle or “peplum” genre with a vengeance, with The Giant Of Metropolis and The Last Days Of Pompeii.
The international success of Steve Reeves as Hercules, made in
The lunkhead in Giant Of Metropolis is American B-identity Gordon Mitchell, who toured the
Giant Of Metropolis tries to break out of the Hercules formula and cosies up with a wild science fiction plot reminiscent of
It all adds up to supremo Italian weirdness played with the straightest of faces - camp without the humour, science without the friction. In the tradition of strange sword and sandal films like Hercules Against The Moon Men, we present the even stranger but weirdly entertaining Giant Of Metropolis.
aka Gli Ultimi Giorni Di Pompei
Directors Mario Bonnard, [uncredited] Sergio Leone Associate Producer Lucio Fulci Writers Sergio Corbucci, Ennio De Concini, Luigi Emmanuele, Sergio Leone, Duccio Tessari
Cast Steve Reeves (Glaucus), Cristina Kaufmann (Ione), Fernando Rey (Arbacès), Barbara Carroll (Nydia)
And now a costume epic from the maestro of spaghetti westerns, Sergio “Fistful Of Dollars For A Few Dollars More The Good The Bad And The Ugly Once Upon A Time In The West And America” Leone.
Leone was actually at the start of his career when Last Days Of Pompeii was made in the late Fifties. He was one of several scriptwriters along with future spaghetti western specialists Duccio Tessari and Sergio Corbucci, and ended up directing much of the film uncredited after replacing the original director Mario Bonnard. If you expect the flair and technical prowess of his later westerns with Clint Eastwood or even a “ayee-ayee-yar” when the villain appears you’ll be disappointed, but it’s a solid workman-like effort on Leone’s part.
Last Days Of Pompeii is not your average Sons Of Hercules peplum B-film. It’s actually a big-budget attempt at an A film that somehow becomes more tacky by the presence of its star Steve “Hercules” Reeves. It’s guilt by association; Steve is often accused of being more wooden than the Trojan Horse, but in reality is the best known and possibly the most talented of all the American musclemen working in
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