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The Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete (1960)

Teseo contro il minotauro (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Fantasy | April 1961 (USA)
King Minos sacrifices the 'required' virgins to the Minotaur. As his wife lies dying, she confesses that her daughter has a twin she has secreted to avoid giving one of the girls to the ... See full summary »

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Silvio Amadio
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Credited cast:
Bob Mathias ... Prince Teseo
Rosanna Schiaffino ... Princess Fedra / Arianna
Alberto Lupo Alberto Lupo ... Chirone
Rik Battaglia ... Demetrio (as Rick Battaglia)
Carlo Tamberlani ... Minosse - King of Crete
Nico Pepe Nico Pepe ... Gerione
Susanne Loret Susanne Loret ... Anfitrite
Nerio Bernardi ... Re di Atene
Paul Muller ... Medico di Corte
Tiziana Casetti Tiziana Casetti ... Illia - Figlia di Xanto
Alberto Plebani Alberto Plebani ... Xanto
Tina Lattanzi Tina Lattanzi ... Queen Pasiphae
Milo Malagoli Milo Malagoli ... Il Minotauro
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alberto Barberito Alberto Barberito
Emma Baron ... Madre - Addottiva di Arianna
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King Minos sacrifices the 'required' virgins to the Minotaur. As his wife lies dying, she confesses that her daughter has a twin she has secreted to avoid giving one of the girls to the Minotaur. The daughter raised by Minos tries to have her twin killed, but failing in her first attempt, continues to try to have her given to the Minotaur. Theseus, the Greek hero, tries to prevent it. Written by merryann@palmersrv.com

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Monster of the Ages! See more »

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Adventure | Fantasy

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Bob Mathias, appearing here as "Theseus," was a two-time Olympic gold-medalist in the Decathlon, winning in 1948 and again in 1952. See more »

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[first lines]
Sunis, il gran Sacerdote: The menace of death's dreadful helm now displayed to our dear Queen Pasiphae. Receive, oh Minotaur, the sacrifice of our virgin youth in tribute to thy vast glory. For this, grant but this wish; Lord of Evil take not from us our queen's life.
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"Receive, oh Minotaur, the sacrifice of our virgin youth in tribute to thy vast glory."
20 July 2019 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

The quick pitch: On her mother's deathbed, Princess Fedra learns she has a twin. Her reaction is to order her lost sister's death. Oh, and there's a minotaur living below the palace that requires virgin sacrifices.

For a movie called The Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete, I expected a bit more Minotaur action. The creature doesn't really make an appearance until the last 10 minutes, so he's hardly a factor. In the age of CGI we live in, the Minotaur may look silly and stiff, but I found the look pretty effective. Fortunately, with all the plotting and scheming of Princess Fedra, there's enough here to at least be somewhat entertaining. Rosanna Schiaffino does an acceptable job in the dual role of the evil Fedra and the kind-hearted Arianna. In addition, Alberto Lupo is convincing as Fedra's sinister sidekick. They really are an enjoyable pair. And, as I've already alluded to, much of the plot is entertaining - nothing groundbreaking, but I found myself drawn into the story. If it weren't for the clunky acting on the part of hero Bob Mathias and the even clunkier fight choreography, I could've seen myself rate this one much higher. Still, a 5/10 ain't all bad.

5/10


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

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April 1961 (USA) See more »

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