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Pythias (Don Burnett) is an Athenian condemned to death by Dionysus the Tyrant (Arnoldo Foà) for his "strange" belief that all men are brothers, but he wants to visit his ailing wife one more time before his death sentence is carried out.
Damon (Guy Williams), Pythias' best friend, offers to stand in Pythias' place for the duration of Pythias' visit, and to be put to death in his place should his friend not return at the appointed time.
Dionysus doesn't believe that Pythias will return and is hesitant to agree to let him go, but he admires the offer and accepts it just to prove his own point.
Today's perspectives of morality and honor make this film an interesting study of what true friendship is all about.
Warner Brothers recently released a line of exciting classic Sword and Sandal flicks, and this is one of those.
Sword and Sandal flicks, so named because of the costuming and weaponry, have always been popular adventure/action films, especially at Classic Cinema Online. These flicks appeal to the men for their masculinity, and to the women, who enjoy strong heroes who rescue their women. In the case of this movie, our hero didn't rescue his wife, but he heroically visited her in her time of need and then returned to his friend to face something that took an act of sheer courage and inner strength. So in this case he really rescued his friend, but he still paid loving attention to his wife. Something that we ladies love to see!
I received a copy of this DVD for review, and must say - this movie is a treasure not just for the moral of the story but the good sound quality and the rich colors, too.
You can purchase it from wbshop.com. This is made to order. I hope you'll enjoy this as much as I did!
NOTE TO EDUCATORS: This would make an excellent teaching tool.