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The Trojan Horse (1961)

La guerra di Troia (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, History | July 1962 (USA)
A retelling of the events leading to the use of the Trojan Horse, to bring down the great city of Troy.


Giorgio Ferroni




Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Reeves ... Aeneas
Juliette Mayniel ... Creusa
John Drew Barrymore ... Ulysses
Edy Vessel ... Helen (as Hedy Vessel)
Lidia Alfonsi ... Cassandra
Warner Bentivegna Warner Bentivegna ... Paris
Luciana Angiolillo ... Andromache
Arturo Dominici ... Achilles
Mimmo Palmara ... Ajax
Nerio Bernardi ... Agamemnon
Nando Tamberlani ... Menelaus
Carlo Tamberlani ... Priam
Giancarlo Bastianoni Giancarlo Bastianoni ... Acate
Giovanni Cianfriglia Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Diomedes (as Giovanni Cianfrilla)
Luigi Ciavarro Luigi Ciavarro


In the final year of the 10 year long Trojan War, Ulysses devises his infamous scheme to get into Troy. The Greeks build a colossal wooden horse which the Trojans take into their city, believing it is a gift from Poisiden. Hidden inside are the Greek warriors who open the city gates and allow the invaders to enter and destroy the city. Thus the phrase "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts'. After a decade of bloodshed, the city is left in ruins only to be "discovered" again in 1893. The entire story focuses on Aeneas, played by Steve Reeves who is the star of the movie. Aeneas fights many battles during the movie. He even travels abroad and brings back an entire foreign army to defend his city. Aeneas leads the desperate final battle to defend troy but all is lost. After the fall of the city, Aeneas leads the 600 survivors to Italy and founds the city of Rome. Many ancient Romans would take pride in their lineage to Aeneas. Steve Reeves also starred in the sequel, The Avenger (The last ... Written by Larry anderson

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Submitted to the British Board of Film Censors by Grand National Pictures and passed with a "U" certificate on 24 April 1962. Opened in London on Sunday, 19 August 1962 at the Essoldo (Chelsea), the Odeon (Finchley) and the Gaumont (Islington), followed by a wide general release the following day. For light relief, Grand National selected She Knows Y' Know (1962) starring Hylda Baker as the supporting feature. See more »


Followed by The Avenger (1962) See more »

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Colourful peplum version of the classic tale
20 April 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE WOODEN HORSE OF TROY is an expansively made peplum movie, made at the peak of the genre when the films still had big enough budgets to do their subject matter justice. Certainly this is an authentic-feeling version of the Trojan War story, full of brightly armoured soldiers shining in the sunshine, attractive women at the mercy of their husbands and rulers, and the requisite amount of chariot races and battle sequences.

The narrative begins towards the end of the famous war, after the death of Hector. Troy continues to be besieged by King Agamemnon and the Greeks, including John Drew Barrymore's Ulysses and Arturo Dominici as possibly the weediest Achilles ever put on screen. The Trojans are depicted as the heroes here, managing to win victory against the Greeks time and again thanks to the efforts of the shoehorned-in Steve Reeves, playing Aeneas.

With Reeves as the protagonist there's a definite HERCULES feel to the production, with some extra strongman tasks that I don't remember from the original story. A bit where he goes up against Ajax (played by fellow strongman Mimmo Palmara) is a highlight here, but there's much to enjoy if you ignore the plodding dubbed dialogue. Incredibly enough, it doesn't end too badly for the Trojans, as a sequel (THE LAST GLORY OF TROY) was to follow.

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