link goes to an excellent 2-movie set with "Colossus & the Amazon
Queen" and the much more serious "Goliath & the Sins of
Babylon". The first-mentioned is a comedy sword-and-sandal, the
latter is one of the best "real" sword-and-sandal movies ever made!
Ed Fury as Glaucos (the muscular, blonde one)
Rod Taylor as Pirros (the skinny, brunette one)
Dorian Gray as Antiope
Gianna Maria Canale as Amazon Queen (called "La Regina" in Italian
Daniela Rocca as Mellita
Adriana Facchetti as High Priestess
Ignazio Leone as Sofo the Egyptian
The Other Amazons...
Luciana Angiolillo (uncredited)
Maria Pia Cohen (uncredited)
Marietta Gennusco (uncredited)
Lia Lena (uncredited)
Giorgia Moll (uncredited)
Maria Luisa Rispoli (uncredited)
if you can help with the cast information above. I'd like to know
if my list of "The Other Amazons" is complete. I'd also like to
be able to attach a name to a face. If anyone can help me match a
girl in the film to a name in the list I'd be very grateful. Colossus and the Amazon Queen (1960):
There is no "Colossus" in this movie. This is a rather odd
sword-and-sandal movie, because it's not a pure sword-and-sandal
movie. It is actually a sword-and-sandal comedy. This movie
gets mixed reviews all the time. Some people like it; a lot of
people hate it. Why is it hated? For one thing, it's an
intentional comedy, which was unusual for the genre. Almost all
sword-and-sandal films are quite serious with few light moments at
best. You typically have one hero, musclebound as hell with no
sense of humor, fighting an insidiously evil oppressor. The women
are also quite serious and usually despondent. This film breaks
away from everything that was cliche. In that way, it's brilliant.
This movie is what would happen if Hercules met
"Animal House". It's a huge ensemble cast with curious characters
and lots of funny stuff going on everywhere. Certainly not for
the person who tries to find "meaning" in films...whatever THAT'S
about. This is just a colorful, laughable movie. The
entourage of gorgeous women even outshines the girls from "The Benny
Hill Show". If you like silly movies like the "Austin Powers" or
"Ernest" series, you should like this film.
There are two major heroes in this movie: Ed Fury as
Glaucos, Rod Taylor as Pirros. Both of them are veterans of the
Trojan War. Glaucos is the blond, moderately-muscular one with
super-strength. Pirros is the shrimpy, brown-haired guy who
relies on his cunning for survival. Pirros, for money, sells
himself to the pirates and drugs friend Glaucos and a bunch of other
guys where they are then taken aboard a boat. This pirate ship
takes the men to an island. The men do not know this is the
island of the Amazons, and they soon become their prisoners.
The Amazons are basically hot, love-starved women
that need men for "pleasure". Only the Amazon Queen, and those
who wish to be elected Amazon Queen in the future, must be
abstinent. Antiope, played by the lovely, strawberry-blonde
Dorian Gray, is one such Amazon. She is conflicted, however, when
she falls in love with super-stud Glaucos (and vice-versa).
Antiope is in the Queen's favor to become the next Queen. Clumsy,
ill-tempered Mellita (played by Daniela Rocca), is the first
runner-up. Mellita and Antiope are always at odds, and the
jealous wannabe queen does everything in her power to take the throne
from her rival.
Gianna Maria Canale, as the Amazon Queen, gives the
best acting performance of anyone in this film. She is a sultry,
enticing redheaded beauty who, love-starved for the opposite sex,
consoles herself with drink. The Queen is no dummy, however, and
always knows when something doesn't ring true.
Almost everyone overacts in this movie, and the
story is pretty spotty with a lot of things left unexplained.
What makes up for this is the great assortment of Amazon beauties who
spare no opportunity to "show us their stuff". They wear some of
the skimpiest outfits ever made during the era, and ALL of them are
HOT! Lots of great cleavage and just very, very pretty
girls. A lot of critics call this movie "sexist" and they're
wrong. This isn't sexist...just sexy. Women are
unquestionably the bosses in this movie, and all quite capable.
"Sexist" are the old James Bond movies and westerns where women
couldn't do anything but look pretty. These women are all very
positive characters. A recurring gag is that husbands of the
Amazons act like nagging housewives. Although funny for awhile,
it IS overplayed in parts. Still, good for laughs.
There really is no great story. Just a bunch
of funny and sexy stuff thrown together, which is fine. Near the
end of the movie, pirates decide to attack the Amazons. The men
help their Amazon girlfriends fight the foes. And then "happy
I find the dialogue pretty snappy for an Italian
movie dubbed into English. The characters talk more like real
people talk, rather than the abbreviated English of most barbarian and
medieval films. This is a watchable movie. A good, dumb
time with lots of sexy women parading about. What could be
better? This is a great movie for parties.
Dorian Gray, who plays the female lead in this
film (Antiope) is an absolutely gorgeous knockout. Nice legs.
Rod Taylor, Pirros, is the most annoying person
in this film. However, his character lends to it, so it passes.
Sofo the Egyptian is a funny, unusual character
for sword-and-sandal movies. He is a goofy inventor.
For This Film:
Colossus and the Amazons
La regina delle Amazonni [Italy; actual title]
There is no "Colossus" in this movie. The main, musclebound hero
is called "Glaucos".
The main hero, Glaucos, really has nothing to do with the Amazon Queen
in this film. However, Antiope, in mythology, would become Queen
of the Amazons. This is perhaps why they used "And the Amazon
Queen" in the title.
Rod Taylor, who played Pirros, hates, hates, HATES this movie.
He's been blasting it for years, and claims he only did it because he
was in Italy at the time, having an affair with Anita Ekberg.
Daniela Rocca, who played clumsy Amazon Mellita, was committed to a
mental institution in 1972 at the age of 35. However, she wrote
and published five books since then.