Sodom and Gomorrah

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2014
  • UPC: 024543934400
  • Original Release: 1962
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  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,196

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stewart Granger Lot
Anna Maria Pier Angeli Ildith
Stanley Baker Astaroth
Anouk Aimée Queen Bera
Rossana Podestà Shuch
Claudia Mori Maleb
Rik Battaglia Melchir
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. Alabias
Enzo Fiermonte Eber
Scilla Gabel Tamar
Giovanna Galletti Malik
Al Silvani Nacor
Vito de Taranto Captain
Alice Kessler Dancer
Ellen Kessler
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
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