Il Colosso di Rodi (The Colossus of Rhodes) (1961)




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Dario (Rory Calhoun) fights to overcome the power of Colossus, the eight wonder of the world. The impregnable Colossus hurls molten lead at all unwelcome travelers. Those unfortunate enough to live are subjected to the horrors of an ancient torture chamber. This colorful slice of Italian mythology was directed by Sergio Leone.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Luciano Chitarrini, Ennio De Concini, Carlo Gualtieri, Luciano Chittarini, Age Gavioli
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 26, 2007
Warner Home Video


as Darios

as Diala

as Peliocles

as Lissipo

as Phoenician Ambassado...
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Critic Reviews for Il Colosso di Rodi (The Colossus of Rhodes)

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

It was a film remarkable enough, at a time when the peplums had just about reached the end of their particular line, to warrant good notices for its crowd and spectacle scenes.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

What a place! For that matter, what a picture!

Full Review… | June 15, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It's not that any of this is specifically and irredeemably bad. It's just that none of it is very much good.

Full Review… | August 13, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

...Leone's first credited film as a director, and it shows clearly the course he was charting as a filmmaker.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007
Movie Metropolis

This ludicrous costume epic complete with hambone acting is interesting to film buffs because it is an early work by the king of the spaghetti Westerns, director Sergio Leone.

August 29, 2006
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A splendid visual treat.

Full Review… | May 22, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Il Colosso di Rodi (The Colossus of Rhodes)


We all have to start somewhere, and this is where Sergio Leone kicked off his directorial career.

It's an epic scale swords and sandals type of affair that feels more like a campy/kitschy version of the lavish Hollywood Biblical epics from the previous decades than what Leone would produce a few years later.

Yeah, it doesn't really fit in all that well with the rest of his work, and I get the feeling that he treated this as "just a gig", but it's still kind of fun, enjoyable, and has some decent moments.

Actually, the whole movie is pretty much just that: a strung together set of moments and set pieces that feel pretty jumbled, and not very cohesive. There's not much of a strong narrative. Instead, we get a laundry list of everything you'd expect from a movie like this: conniving schemers, lots of slave torture and an eventual slave revolt, stadium fights, and the titular statue being awesome and destroying lots of stuff.

Yeah, this sounds really nutty and goofy, but it is fun. It's not a great movie, and it is overlong, but it is a fascinating look at Leone's beginnings.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

This grandiose Sergio Leone pre-spaghetti western epic relies mostly on its stunning visuals, complete with dazzling sets and costumes, and also nice action scenes.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A reasonably hammy sword and sandals epic. If Sergio Leone didn't direct I probably wouldn't have bothered, but you can see the small rays of light that would ultimately make up Leone's style. If you're a fan of his I recommend seeing it.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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