Sodom and Gomorrah (1963)




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This graphically violent epic recreates the decadence and events that lead to the downfall of the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Faith & Spirituality
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Titanus Produzione


Stanley Baker
as Astaroth
Anouk Aimée
as Queen Bera
Rik Battaglia
as Melchir
Gabriele Tinti
as Lieutenant
Andrea Tagliabue
as Eber's Son
Francesco Tensi
as 1st Old Man
Liana DelBalzo
as Hebrew Woman
Liana del Balzo
as Hebrew Woman
Ellen Kessler
as The Dancer
Alice Kessler
as The Dancer
Vittorio Artesi
as Eber's Other Son
Primo Moroni
as 2nd Old Man
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Critic Reviews for Sodom and Gomorrah

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Sodom and Gomorrah has many of the faults of the Biblical epic, but many good qualities.

Full Review… | March 5, 2014
Top Critic

This isn't really as awful or as campy as you might expect, but it's not exactly a masterpiece either.

Full Review… | March 5, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It is an obvious but feeble imitation of "The Ten Commandments" of Cecil B. de Mille, and it is much more concerned with salt-mining than it is with debauchery or lust.

Full Review… | March 5, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Sin is suggested by languid groups of people, nattily dressed in '60s evening gowns, lolling around on the floor, while the virtuous Hebrews look more like a bunch of self-sufficient drongos droning on about making the land fertile.

Full Review… | March 5, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

Aldrich makes the most of the story's depravity, dredging the depths of lust and betrayal as Granger locks into a bitter power struggle with the cities' sultry queen, Aimée, and her ambitious brother Baker.

Full Review… | March 5, 2014

An interesting addition to the Aldrich filmography, which is laden with moral cynicism.

Full Review… | March 5, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Sodom and Gomorrah

Ten years to make, this film is not so professional like made today. I could not take my eyes off this film. The whole film is period made. Its not like today at all. It's a child of the 1960's. SEE this unique official trailer, with an Islamic speaker, but you can still read and understand the trailer: Sodom and Gomorrah, known in the USA as The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah is a 1962 epic film which is loosely based on the Biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah. The film was a Franco-Italian-American co-production made by Pathé, SGC and Titanus. -----Wikipedia See some of the more "religious" explaination of the real towns of Sodom and Gommorrah here: The history lesson here is that the Hebrews were committed to one God. A monotheistic crowd. The tribe of Gomorrah were only interested in cruel treatment of their slaves and pleasures of the flesh. "Sex, torture and betrayal in Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, leader of the Hebrews, believes his people can co-exist with the Sodomites, a disastrous decision."--- IMBd While things haven't changed in that regard, this film depicts the rough idea that humans should be kind to each other and take care of each other, not enslave them. See this subtitled film but English spoken version here: [img][/img] NOTES: 1 Sodom and Gomorrah were cities mentioned in the Book of Genesis and throughout the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and Deuterocanonical sources, as well as the Qur'an. According to the Torah, the kingdoms of Sodom and Gomorrah were allied with the cities of Admah, Zeboim and Bela. These five cities, also known as the "cities of the plain", were situated on the Jordan river plain in the southern region of the land of Canaan. 2 In Christian and Islamic traditions, Sodom and Gomorrah have become synonymous with impenitent sin, and their fall with a proverbial manifestation of God's wrath.[Jude 1:7] Sodom and Gomorrah have been used as metaphors for vice and homosexuality viewed as a deviation. The story has therefore given rise to words in several languages, including the English word sodomy, used in so-called sodomy laws to describe a sexual "crime against nature" consisting of anal and/or oral sex, either homosexual or heterosexual. 3 The historical existence of Sodom and Gomorrah is still in dispute by archaeologists, as little archaeological evidence has ever been found in the regions where they were supposedly situated. The Bible indicates they were located near the Dead Sea (Genesis 14:1-3, 14:8-10, 34:3). 4 In Matthew 10:1-15, cf. Luke 10:1-12, Jesus declares certain cities more damnable than Sodom and Gomorrah, due to their response to Jesus' disciples, in the light of greater grace (RSV): "And if any one will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomor'rah than for that town." SEE the physical remains of what could have been Sodom and Gomorrah, two towns who found vice better than virtue. Ron Wyatt shows you actual physical remains of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah!: [img][/img] Directed by: Robert Aldrich Writing credits: Hugo Butler (original screenplay) Giorgio Prosperi (original screenplay assisted by) Richard Wormser (novel) uncredited Ernesto Gastaldi uncredited [img][/img] the supposed possible remains [img][/img] Cast Stewart Granger ... Lot Pier Angeli ... Ildith Stanley Baker ... Astaroth Rossana Podestà ... Shuah (as Rossana Podesta) Rik Battaglia ... Melchior Giacomo Rossi-Stuart ... Ishmael (as Giacomo Rossi Stuart) Scilla Gabel ... Tamar Anthony Steffen ... The Captain (as Antonio De Teffe) Gabriele Tinti ... Lieutenant [img][/img] Release date: October 4, 1962 (initial release) Director: Robert Aldrich Running time: 154 minutes Adapted from: Sodom and Gomorrah Screenplay: Giorgio Prosperi, Hugo Butler

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Sodom and Gomorrah was a big flop when it was released and has been nearly forgotten since then. This is a shame. It's certainly no classic like Ben Hur or Spartacus,and it has the obvious flaws many films like this share-corny dialogue,woman's make-up and hair which betrays the decade the film was made in,to name but two-but if you like this kind of film it's very entertaining and worth a watch. At times you could swear De Mille directed it,but it was actually directed by Robert Aldrich,a real curio in his career. The first hour does dawdle along a little,but the middle of the film contains a very lengthy battle sequence which is extremely impressive. In these days of CGI,it's great to see hundreds of REAL people fighting on the screen,and it's great the way the battle is in stages and shows various tactics by the two sides instead of just being a chaotic mess. The climatic destruction {well,it's based on a well known Bible story, so I don't think this is a spoiler!} of the twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah {although we only seem to see Sodom} is still quite a well achieved spectacle,in fact technically the film still generally holds up,except for a few very unconvincing shots when an army is engulfed in water. Those who find some of the film a little heavy can enjoy the odd touch of vivid sadism {people on a wheel lowered into fire,a prisoner threatened by a blind man whose armour produces spikes when he breaths} and plenty of references to the 'sins' of the Sodomites-nothing is explicit,but things such as incest,sexual servitude and lesbianism are certainly hinted at. Yet the Hebrews,by comparison,are such a dull humourless lot,one might occasionally sympathise with the Sodomites,and this was maybe intended. As with most of Aldrich's films,it's actually quite cynical,and doesn't take easy sides. Stuart Granger is fine as Lot but it's the underrated Stanley Baker,as the scheming Astorath who chases anything in a skirt, who gives the stand-out performance,memorably corrupt. One should also mention Miklos Rozsa's superb score which ranks along side his other classic scores for related films like Ben Hur and El Cid. He superbly evokes the period and setting whilst providing a gorgeous love theme and a number of other great themes. Of course it's very melodramatic,but it suits the film! Sodom and Gomorrah exists in several heavily cut down versions which may quicken the pace but are extremely choppy,often cutting into scenes when they are obviously half way through. The full 155-odd minute version is sometimes shown,and is available in some countries on DVD,but really demands a proper,remastered,etc. release. It's really worth seeing,as long as you like this kind of stuff of course!

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


A bombastic year for the major studios,Cleopatras disaster inside the commercial rackets was a negative landslide for anything else containing the word "biblical" or "epic".Aldrich's perception on this film was to compose an operatic triumph.Granger defends thi prospect in spite of the scenario's holes.Religious prejudice is a deliberate emotion,thus this grand orgy (metaphorically of course) brings nothing new to this dead genre.However,no matter how many cliches you'll encounter,it still is an enjoyable movie.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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