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Atlas In the Land of the Cyclops (1961)

(aka: Atlas Against the Cyclops)



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This Maciste film, called Atlas in some versions, has him crossing paths with Circe and Polyphemus, of The Odyssey. There is a queen hidden among a bunch of female slaves (a recurring theme in these sword-and-sandal flicks), and painfully wooden dubbing. The cyclops fight at the end is okay, but it's anti-climactic after two other muscly set pieces: one has Maciste in the middle of a tug-of-war contest as he's perched over a lion's den; another has him rowing a slave ship all by himself. This is a slightly below-average entry in the series and will certainly will no new fans. The most common English dubbed version is badly cropped, with horribly degraded picture quality.

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