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Sodom and Gomorrah
     

Sodom and Gomorrah

Director: Robert Aldrich

Cast: Stewart Granger, Anna Maria Pier Angeli, Stanley Baker

 

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This 153-minute Biblical epic about salt and sin is directed by Robert Aldrich and has enough dynamic interactions between its chief protagonists to sustain interest in-between climactic scenes. Stewart Granger is Lot, the Hebrew leader who takes his people to camp in the Valley of Jordan only to find that they are caught between the Helamites on the one hand, and the

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This 153-minute Biblical epic about salt and sin is directed by Robert Aldrich and has enough dynamic interactions between its chief protagonists to sustain interest in-between climactic scenes. Stewart Granger is Lot, the Hebrew leader who takes his people to camp in the Valley of Jordan only to find that they are caught between the Helamites on the one hand, and the wicked Queen Bera (Anouk Aimee) on the other. She rules over the twin cesspools of Sodom and Gomorrah and is beleaguered by a crafty brother who wants the scepter she now wields. The Queen makes a pact with Lot that he can stay with the Hebrews in the valley as long as he defends it -- she wants to use him and the Hebrews as a first line of defense against the Helamites. To seal the pact, she gives Lot her best slave Ildith (Pier Angeli) to be his wife. Adventures and excitement prevails as Lot and the Hebrews brave one challenge after the other -- until Lot realizes that his people are being corrupted by the environment of Sodom and Gomorrah and eventually receives a Divine vision and knows he has to lead the Hebrews away from here. Special effects are impressive and take much of the impact away from the fate of Ildith, as she turns one last time to look back at the crumbling cities.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Director Robert Aldrich's approach to this 1963 motion picture is obvious from the start: Forget subtlety. Make everything big and beautiful and brutal. So he gives viewers sumptuous palaces, dancing girls, death by torture, and war. Based on accounts in the Book of Genesis, the production follows the fortunes of Lot (Stewart Granger), a nephew of the Hebrew patriarch Abraham, as he settles his people in a Dead Sea valley near the end of the 21st Century, B.C., to grow crops and graze animals. Sodom and Gomorrah's Queen Bera (Anouk Aimée) grants him the valley land after Lot agrees to defend the sin cities against expected Helamite attacks. The sets, costumes, and action scenes are more Hollywood than history--a veritable glitzkrieg of images--and modern viewers may balk at the chintzy special effects in the engagement between mounted Helamite warriors and stone-throwing Hebrew laborers who isolate the Helamites with a curtain of fire and then unleash a wall of water from a breached dam. The quality of the acting ranges from masterly to moronic. Granger, Aimée, and Stanley Baker as Astaroth (the queen's brother and rival for power) all perform capably and sometimes excellently. As Lot's wife Ildith, Pier Angeli uses her Italian accent to sound exotic and ancient, to good effect, and she looks inviting as a slinky temptress and a pillar of salt. The rest of the cast resembles tryout day for a school play.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/18/2014
UPC:
0024543934400
Original Release:
1962
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
2:34:00
Sales rank:
10,788

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Lot
Anna Maria Pier Angeli Ildith
Stanley Baker Astaroth
Anouk Aimée Queen Bera
Rossana Podestà Shuch
Claudia Mori Maleb
Rik Battaglia Melchir
Feodor Chaliapin Alabias
Enzo Fiermonte Eber
Scilla Gabel Tamar
Giovanna Galletti Malik
Al Silvani Nacor
Vito de Taranto Captain
Alice Kessler Dancer
Ellen Kessler Actor
Francesco Tensi 1st Old Man
Liana DelBalzo Hebrew Woman
Mimmo Palmara Arno
Anthony Steffen The Captain
Gabriele Tinti Lieutenant
Daniele Vargas Segur
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart Ishmael

Technical Credits
Robert Aldrich Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
Giancarlo Bartolini-Salimbene Costumes/Costume Designer
Gino Brosio Set Decoration/Design
Hugo Butler Screenwriter
Emilio D'Andria Set Decoration/Design
Silvano Ippoliti Cinematographer
Cyril Knowles Cinematographer
Goffredo Lombardo Producer
Mario Montuori Cinematographer
Giorgio Prosperi Screenwriter
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Euclide Santoli Makeup
Archie Savage Choreography
Peter Tanner Editor
Serse Urbisaglia Special Effects
Wally Veevers Special Effects
Lee Zavitz Special Effects

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sodom and Gomorrah
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [9:59]
3. Chapter 3 [9:59]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [9:59]
8. Chapter 8 [9:59]
9. Chapter 9 [9:59]
10. Chapter 10 [10:00]
11. Chapter 11 [9:59]
12. Chapter 12 [10:00]
13. Chapter 13 [10:00]
14. Chapter 14 [10:00]
15. Chapter 15 [9:59]
16. Chapter 16 [4:34]

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