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Giants of Rome (1964)

Richard Harrison , Wandisa Guida , Antonio Margheriti  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Harrison, Wandisa Guida, Ettore Manni, Philippe Hersent, Rulph Hudson
  • Directors: Antonio Margheriti
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: VCI Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NJMJZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,967 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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An elite goup of specially-skilled Roman soldiers handpicked by Julius Caesar go on a suicide mission to destroy the Druid's secret weapon - a giant catapult.

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3.0 out of 5 stars b-movie of Caesar's gallic war February 6, 2008
Format:DVD
This is a fun oldie. The Druids have invented a secret weapon that is supposed to be able to stop and perhaps even destroy Julius Caesar, who must win in order to put down the intrigues against him in Rome. He sends some fanatical warriors to find and destroy it, a desperate gambit that the cautious and analytical Caesar would never have depended on. Along the bloody way, they have a number of adventures (sacrifice, tragedy, cowards, even love). Amazingly, though the Druids invented no such thing, this is not simple superhero stuff, but filled with dark characters and some pretty good suspense. I am sure I saw this when I was a kid, which makes this extra fun. The Romans are kind of the good guys - honorable, brave, and devoted to Caesar - and the Gauls are the cruel savages, but there are many surprises in the characters and their machinations. There is a good finale of battle, and it ends just prior to the battle of Alesia.

REcommended as background fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Weapon of the Druids! July 5, 2012
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The basic plot of this movie is established in the opening scenes. Julius Caesar is running around Gaul (most of which eventually became part of France) conquering the Gauls. This movie provides some background regarding the political climate back in Rome, showing that support for Caesar was not universal. However, other than being reasonably accurate historical background, that information is not that relevant to this movie. What is relevant is that the year is 52 B.C. and Caesar recently suffered a defeat at Gergovia in Gaul. After various maneuvers, Vercingetorix, leader of the Gauls, moves his army from Gergovia to Alesia. Historically, Caesar followed the Gauls and laid siege to Alesia, eventually conquering the city and all of Gaul. According to this movie, it was not that easy. Supposedly, the Druids, who were helping the Gauls, had a secret weapon in a mountain pass between Gergovia and Alesia, and unless this secret weapon was destroyed, Caesar would not be able to move to Alesia.

Caesar obviously has many options to get to Alesia that do not involve the pass guarded by the secret weapon. Perhaps that route was the best one because of the rural nature of these areas and lack of roads elsewhere. Regardless, in this movie Caesar gambles his entire campaign on four volunteers finding the secret weapon and disabling it. In other words, the historical background is a loose excuse for a quest by a small number of men, and eventually a woman.

The rest of this movie is a series of escapades that bears some similarity to other movies in this general genre. Our heroes are captured and they escape. Our heroes face terrible adversity as they outwit the horrible and evil Gauls and Druids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie June 18, 2014
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Good action story line play out well, good color it just a good movie all the way around. I Would recommend this movie.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Giants of Rome January 20, 2014
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OK sword-and-sandal 60s film. The story is a group of Romans in Gaul territory have to reach their people to report on a secret weapon. The DVD release is not from VCI Entertainment. The back of the cover says something else entirely. Though the quality of the DVD is not great, the picture is not sharp and clear and the sound is low, the color is OK and it is the best I've seen yet of this film. I would like to see a re-mastered version released soon. Otherwise an OK DVD release.
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