Goliath and the Barbarians
Il terrore dei barbari (AKA: Goliath and the Barbarians) is a 1959 peplum loosely based around the Lombard invasion of Italy in AD 568. As with many Italian peplums of the time, the English translation renames some of the characters (for example: "Emiliano" becomes "Goliath" in the English version).
This film was directed by Carlo Campogalliani.
American International Pictures released the film in the US with a new score by Les Baxter. AIP invested $20,000 in the movie to help the producers complete it and were rewarded when it became a big hit.
Set in the 4th century, it follows the start of the Barbarian invasions and deals with one group that attacks a village and destroys anything that is there. One man, Emiliano, is left, and he swears revenge and wages a one man war against the evil tribes. He also is helped by the survivors and Landa, the daughter of the tribal leader.
The film earned $1.6 million in North America during its initial release.
- Steve Reeves as "Emiliano"
- Chelo Alonso as "Landa"
- Bruce Cabot as "Alboin"
- Giulia Rubini as "Lidia"
- Arturo Dominici as "Svevo"
- Livio Lorenzon as "Igor"
- Andrea Checchi as "Delfo"
This was released on a limited edition DVD by Wild East Productions in 2007 in a double feature with Goliath and the Vampires.
- Mark McGee, Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures, McFarland, 1996 p155
- "Rental Potentials of 1960", Variety, 4 January 1961 p 47. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
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