Il Colosso di Rodi (The Colossus of Rhodes)
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Il Colosso di Rodi (The Colossus of Rhodes)
Sergio Leone's first solo directorial effort was this colorful sword-and-sandal epic set in ancient Greece. Rory Calhoun stars as Dario, a captain in the Greek army who must travel to the island of Rhodes to destroy the huge bronze statue of Colossus, which hurls molten lead at its attackers. Dario also battles for his life in the arena and saves victims from a torture chamber before the climactic earthquake which brings the Colossus down. Many of the supporting players in this Italian-French-Spanish co-production went on to become regulars in the exploitation films of Jesus Franco. ~… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

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"It was a film remarkable enough, at a time when the peplums had just about reached the end of their particular line, to warrant good notices for its crowd and spectacle scenes."
‑ , Time Out
"...Leone's first credited film as a director, and it shows clearly the course he was charting as a filmmaker."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The translated script may be ropey and some of the acting doesn't quite cut it but it's hard not to get swept along with the lavish set pieces (the earthquake sequence stands out."
‑ , Film4
"What a place! For that matter, what a picture!"
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"This ludicrous costume epic complete with hambone acting is interesting to film buffs because it is an early work by the king of the spaghetti Westerns, director Sergio Leone."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's not that any of this is specifically and irredeemably bad. It's just that none of it is very much good."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A splendid visual treat."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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