"The Trojan Horse" Video Synopsis:
In the tenth year of The Trojan War, Aeneas, and Paris succeed the slain Hector as commanders of the Trojan army. Opposing them is Ulysses, who has devised a stratagem which will get his men inside the insurmountable Trojan Walls. One hundred thousand men sail 1186 ships to rescue one woman. It ends with the most famous "trick" in the annals of warfare.
"The Trojan Horse" Tony's Comments:
In 1962, after a number of strongman films such as "Hercules", "Goliath And the Barbarians" and "The Giant Of Marathon", the mighty Steve Reeves was at the peak of his popularity and he could pick and choose the roles that he wanted. In the lavish costume epic "The Trojan Horse", (also known as "La, Guerra di Troia") we see Steve in a much more serious role. This film places more emphasis on drama and history and Steve plays a hero of a different kind. He is not a "Hercules" or a "Goliath" but an ordinary solider with high ideals. Steve plays Aeneas, one of the commanders of the Trojan Army who vows to save the city of Troy from the Greeks. Filmed on location in France, Yugoslavia and Italy, "The Trojan Horse" features some exciting battle sequences, high production values and some colourful cinematography by Rino Filipponi. Unfortunately "The Trojan Horse" occasionally suffers from small bouts of Reeve's absence, but when he is on-screen, Steve's presence lifts the film and allows the exciting tale to come to life. One of the film's most memorable moments is an excellent one on one fight between Steve Reeves and Mimmo Palmara (Steve's nemesis from Hercules). Also, it is interesting to see an unusual reworking of the Ulysses character (the villain of the piece) played with menace by John Drew Barrymore (father of Drew Barrymore). Like Hollywood's "Helen Of Troy" (1956), "The Trojan Horse" is yet another re-telling of the famous story, but this time with Steve Reeves on board, the tale about the giant wooden horse is given a new dimension. "The Trojan Horse" was even popular enough for the producers to call Steve back for the dramatic sequel and conclusion to the tale "The Avenger" (1962).