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Damon and Pythias
     

Damon and Pythias

Director: Curtis Bernhardt

Cast: Don Burnett, Guy Williams, Ilaria Occhini

 

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This classic Greek tale of a friendship that overcomes even death makes for an interesting sword-and-sandal saga, with Guy Williams in the role of Damon. An apt choice since Williams is himself an expert swordsman, as partially demonstrated in his role as Zorro on American television (1957-59). Pythias (Don Burnett) has been caught plotting the assassination of King

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This classic Greek tale of a friendship that overcomes even death makes for an interesting sword-and-sandal saga, with Guy Williams in the role of Damon. An apt choice since Williams is himself an expert swordsman, as partially demonstrated in his role as Zorro on American television (1957-59). Pythias (Don Burnett) has been caught plotting the assassination of King Dionysis I of Syracuse (Arnoldo Foa). Before his execution, Dionysis grants Pythias leave to put his affairs in order because Damon volunteers to stand in his stead if Pythias does not come back to face the executioner. Damon's act is considered foolish. He was safe, why should Pythias come back? But the two are devotees of the Pythagorean mysteries, and their faith in brotherly love goes beyond self-interest. When Pythias does return in the allotted time, King Dionysis is impressed enough to have a change of heart.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Sword-and-sandals pictures like Damon and Pythiasusually provide a decent amount of fun, even when they're actually very poor films. It's a shame that Damon falls squarely into the "very poor film" category but doesn't qualify -- at all -- in the fun category. One of the problems is that Damon takes itself too seriously; it has a message to present about brotherly love, self sacrifice, belief in humanity, etc. It's very laudable, and hard to argue against -- but it's delivered in the most ham-fisted, obvious way that it's also hard not to groan and roll one's eyes. Director Curtis Bernhardt treats the material much too reverently, resulting in a turgid piece that drags for most of its running time. There are a few moments that are lively, but too much of Damon simply is boring. The film doesn't even resort to the cheesecake and beefcake that most other examples of the genre revel in, despite a very attractive cast. In the title roles, Guy Williams does fairly well as the more outgoing Damon, while Don Burnett is too stolid for the already-heavy Pythias. Neither Ilaria Occhini nor Liana Orfei is much of an actress, but they do provide appropriate eye candy. Arnoldo Foa has some nice scenery hewing moments, but not enough to make Damon come to life.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2011
UPC:
0089218654793
Original Release:
1962
Source:
Alpha Video
Sales rank:
57,832

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Don Burnett Pythias
Guy Williams Damon
Ilaria Occhini Nerissa
Liana Orfei Adrianna
Arnoldo Foa Dionysius
Carlo Giustini Cariso
Osvaldo Ruggeri Demetrius
Marina Berti Mereka
Gianni Bonagura Philemon
Andrea Bosic Arcanos
Franco Fantasia Fencing Master
Tiberio Mitri Actor
Lawrence Montaigne Flutist
Franco Ressel Actor
Carlo Rizzo Libia
Al Silvani Digenis
Vittorio Bonos Actor
Enrico Glori Niko

Technical Credits
Curtis Bernhardt Director
Adrianna Berselli Costumes/Costume Designer
Bridget Boland Screenwriter
Franco Ferrara Musical Direction/Supervision
Sam Jaffe Producer
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino Score Composer
Nicolo Lazzari Editor
Samuel Marx Associate Producer
Barry Oringer Screenwriter
Aldo Tonti Cinematographer

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