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The Giant of Marathon

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Original title
La battaglia di Maratona
Year
Running time
87 min.
Country
Italy Italy
Director
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Screenwriter
Ennio De Concini, Augusto Frassinetti, Bruno Vailati (Idea: Alberto Barsanti, Raffaello Pacini)
Music
Roberto Nicolosi
Cinematography
Mario Bava
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Italy-France; Titanus / Galatea Film / Lux Compagnie Cinématographique de France
Genre
Drama | Historical. Ancient Greece
Synopsis / Plot
Set in 490 B.C. when the Persian armies were ready to finish conquering Greece and head into Europe, Phidippides (Steve Reeves) rallies the Athenians and they fight a series of spectacular, massive battles. In reality, Phidippides had run 140 miles to Sparta and back to ask for their help before any battles began. The Persians had already landed on the plains of Marathon, 26 miles from Athens but thanks to Phidippides forewarning, they were defeated by advancing Athenian forces. Phidippides' final run from Marathon back to Athens to warn them about a second attack by the Persian forces is not depicted in this drama -- that last run on top of the futile, 280-mile round trip to Sparta, cost him his life.
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