Goliath and the Barbarians
|Goliath and the Barbarians|
Film poster by Reynold Brown
|Directed by||Carlo Campogalliani|
|Produced by||Emimmo Salvi|
|Written by||Emimmo Salvi
|Music by||Carlo Innocenzi|
|Edited by||Franco Fraticelli|
|Distributed by||American International Pictures (USA)|
|Box office||$1.6 million (North America)|
Il terrore dei barbari (AKA: Goliath and the Barbarians) is a 1959 peplum loosely based on events of 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).
Set in the 6th 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, son of leader of tribe is away at the time of attack, and he swears revenge and wages a one-man war against the evil tribes. He also is helped by the survivors and his sister Lynda. He wears a lion head mask to instill fear into the hearts of the barbarians.
- 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"
- Carla Calò as "Bruno's Mother"
- Fabrizio Capucci as "Bruno"
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. The film earned $1.6 million in North America during its initial release where it was double billed with Sign of the Gladiator
AIP announced plans to make a follow up called Goliath and the Dragon from a script by Lou Rusoff with Debra Paget but this fell through and they ended up buying an Italian film called The Vengeance of Hercules and simply renaming it Goliath and the Dragon.
This was released on a limited edition DVD by Wild East Productions in 2007 in a double feature with Goliath and the Vampires.
- "Rental Potentials of 1960", Variety, 4 January 1961 p 47. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
- Mark McGee, Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures, McFarland, 1996 p155
- Gary A. Smith American International Pictures: The Golden Era, Bear Manor Media 2013 p 144
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