Hero of Rome
|Hero of Rome|
|Directed by||Giorgio Ferroni|
|Music by||Angelo Francesco Lavagnino|
Il Colosso di Roma (English Translation: Hero of Rome; also known as Arm of Fire) is a 1964 Italian sword and sandal film set in Rome in 508 BC, and depicts the expulsion of the last kings of Rome and the legend of Gaius Mucius Scaevola.
The film was directed by Giorgio Ferroni.
The city-state of Rome has just expelled its Etruscan overlords and become a republic. The Etruscans declare war in an attempt to regain their territory; in the ensuing battle, they capture the courageous warrior Scaevola and threaten to torture him unless he gives them strategic information. Scaevola thrusts his right hand into a brazier and lets it burn, demonstrating that he loves Rome too much to care about physical pain. The awed Etruscans release him, but the damage to his hand prevents him from wielding a sword.
The Roman Senate manages the war badly, and it becomes clear that only Scaevola can lead his countrymen to victory. He trains himself to fight with his left hand, and is soon able to return to battle and defeat the Etruscan kings.
- Gordon Scott as "Gaius Mucius Scaevola"
- Gabriella Pallotta as "Cloelia"
- Massimo Serato as "Lucius Tarquinius Superbus"
- Roldano Lupi as "Porsenna"
- Gabriele Antonini as "Arunte"
- Maria Pia Conte as "Valeria"
- Franco Fantasia as "Claudio"
Some of the early video prints confused the correct order of the reels
- Hughes, Howard (2011). Cinema Italiano - The Complete Guide From Classics To Cult. London - New York: I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1-84885-608-0.
- Hughes, p.55
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