The Beast of Babylon Against the Son of Hercules

The Beast of Babylon Against the Son of Hercules (Italian: L'eroe di Babilonia, French: Héros de Babylone, also known as Heroes of Babylon, Hero of Babylon and Goliath, King of Slaves) is a 1963 Italian-French peplum film written and directed by Siro Marcellini and starring Gordon Scott.[1][2]

The Beast of Babylon Against the Son of Hercules
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Directed bySiro Marcellini
Written byGian Paolo Callegari
Siro Marcellini
Albert Valentin
Produced byAlbino Morandini
StarringGordon Scott
CinematographyPier Ludovico Pavoni
Music byCarlo Franci
Release date
  • 1963 (1963)

The film is a fictionalized depiction of the Fall of Babylon (539 BCE), and depicts the historical rulers Belshazzar (as Balthazar) and Cyrus the Great (as Zairus).


When the high-born Nippur returns to Babylon following a long stay in Persia, he rescues slave-girl Tamira from the soldiers of the evil usurper, Balthazar. Nippur then pays a courtesy visit to Balthazar's court where he meets the high-priestess Ura who has ambitions to become queen and who casts a lustful eye on this new visitor.

Later, shocked by the cruelty of Balthazar's reign and influenced by a group of rebels, Nippur interrupts a fiery sacrifice of virgins. Forced to flee Babylon, Nippur -- wounded by an arrow in the back -- is restored to health by the forces of the Persian king, Cyrus, who are marching toward Babylon. Nippur slips back into Babylon where he is captured and chained to a wall inside a dungeon.

Using his great strength, Nippur breaks free, rescues Tamira before she can be sacrificed, and engages Balthazar in a sword fight to-the-death. The Persian army now arrives and Cyrus, before returning home, sees to it that Nippur sits on the throne of Babylon with the faithful Tamira by his side.



  1. ^ Michele Giordano. Giganti buoni. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877421835.
  2. ^ Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti - Dizionario dei film. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269.

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