Goliath and the Barbarians (1959)

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When barbarians invade his village and kill his father, a local man wages a one-man war against them.


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  • Chelo Alonso and Livio Lorenzon in Goliath and the Barbarians (1959)
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11 December 2006 | mhrabovsky1-1
Goliath and the Barbarians
You have to wonder how smart or stupid the Hollywood movie studios in the late 1950 were....first of all they all passed on a cheaply made Italian muscleman movie named "Hercules" with Steve Reeves and then passed again on "Hercules Unchained" with Reeves again in the title role....independent producer Joseph E. Levine picked up the options on both of these films and waged a massive advertising campaign in newspapers and television and those two "Hercules" films became monster hits at the box office. Not to learn from their previous mistakes, Reeves then made a muscleman "epic" called "Goliath and the Barbarians".....independent American International picked up the option on the film and it made a monster amount of money for them. Go figure out Hollywood....In "Goliath and the Barbarians" Reeves is the leader of a band of Italian villagers hell bent on revenge against a massive horde of barbarian huns led by a maniac named Igor. After a massacre of his village including the murder of his father Reeves decides enough is enough. He secretly starts to wipe out the barbarian horde one by one until his methods are found out by Igor. Along the way the beautiful Chelo Alonso, a barbarian queen becomes his love interest. Talk about a beauty.....she is a dancer and a romancer. Reeves tries not to get too involved with her but that is a lost cause. Check out the scene with Reeves in a test of strength pulls two horses with his hands tied to a pair of ropes....then he pulls down a slew of barbarians trying to pull him into a sword pit on a wall.....great stuff for the kids and the Saturday afternoon matinée crowd. Reeves ripling, bulging muscles are shown to the max in those scenes. By the end of the film Reeves and his men wipe out the barbarians including their leader and all is well. Final scene shows Reeves riding off into the sunset with Alonso sitting on his saddle.....at that time Reeves was the king of the muscleman movies with three blockbusters to his credit. All the muscleman actors that followed were no match for the physique and looks of Mr. Reeves. He certainly was the king of the Italian muscleman flicks.

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