Head of a Tyrant (1959)

Genres - Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Sword-and-Sandal, Costume Adventure  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Sandra Brennan

In this spectacle, the Assyrians launch a siege against the Asian city of Bethulia to force the city dwellers to stop worshipping God, and begin paying homage to an idol. This causes great restlessness among the residents who begin a conspiratorial underground, plotting the death of the Assyrian leader. They make one attempt and fail. The despotic leader then demands that the perpetrators turn themselves in. If they do not, the rest of the city will suffer. A beautiful sister of one of the rebels decides to join her brother and kill the leader herself. Unfortunately, she falls in love with the leader until she learns that he is planning to destroy her city just to win the admiration of his troops. Her patriotism exceeds her love and she cuts off his head, causing his Assyrian army to flee in terror. As she holds up the leader's head, a bolt of lightning strikes the pagan idol.



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