The Colossus of Rhodes
The Colossus of Rhodes (1961)

Intrigue in Rhodes makes for one of the better sword-and-sandal imports. Rory Calhoun. Diala: Lea Massari. Peliocles: George Marchal. Thar: Conrad Sanmartin. Koros: Angel Aranda. Lissipo: Jorge Rigaud. Sergio Leone directed.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 16, 1961
DVD Release Date: June 26, 2007
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Time Out

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.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...Leone's first credited film as a director, and it shows clearly the course he was charting as a filmmaker.

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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.

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Howard Thompson
New York Times

What a place! For that matter, what a picture!

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TV Guide

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.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's not that any of this is specifically and irredeemably bad. It's just that none of it is very much good.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A splendid visual treat.

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Carlos Magalhães
This grandiose epic directed by Sergio Leone - his first film before he went on to perfect his craft with his well-known Spaghetti Westerns - relies mostly on… More
Cameron Johnson
Okay, maybe "Colossus" is a tiny bit of an overstatement, or at least by Sergio Leone's runtime standards, because although 140 minutes is… More
Chris Weber
We all have to start somewhere, and this is where Sergio Leone kicked off his directorial career. It's an epic scale swords and sandals type of affair… More
Michael Gildea
A reasonably hammy sword and sandals epic. If Sergio Leone didn't direct I probably wouldn't have bothered, but you can see the small rays of light… More