Amazons of Rome

Amazons of Rome (Italian: Le vergini di Roma) is a 1961 peplum film. During production, tensions brewed between Louis Jordan and director Vittorio Cottafavi which led to Cottafavi being replaced with Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia.[3]

Amazons of Rome
American film poster
Directed by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Luigi Emmanuele
  • Gaetano Loffredo[1]
CinematographyMarc Fossard[1]
Edited byMichael Leroy[1]
  • Cine-Italian Film
  • Criterion Films
  • Regina Films[2]
Release date
  • 24 March 1961 (1961-03-24) (Italy)
Running time
105 minutes
  • Italy
  • France[2]


The newly founded republic of Rome is at war with king Porcenna, king of Etrusca and his allies led by the barbarian general, Drusco. After fierce fighting Drusco offers a truce but demands that the Romans offer hostages as a sign of good faith, including Clelia, the leader of a group of woman warriors. Soon the peace treaty is broken and the Roman army, under the command of Horatio Cocles, or "Cyclops" ( because he lost an eye fighting when he was younger, ) prepare to make their last stand at the Sublicus Bridge over the River Tiber.



Amazons of Rome was released in Italy on 24 March 1961 with a 105 minute running time.[1] It was released in the United States on March 1963 with a 93 minute running time.[1]


  1. Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 18.
  2. "Le Vergini di Roma". (in French). Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  3. Kinnard & Crnkovich 2017, p. 19.


  • Kinnard, Roy; Crnkovich, Tony (2017). Italian Sword and Sandal Films, 1908-1990. McFarland. ISBN 1476662916.
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