Romulus and the Sabines (1961) starring Roger Moore, Mylène Demongeot, Giorgia Moll, Scilla Gabel directed by Richard Pottier Movie Review

Romulus and the Sabines (1961)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Giorgia Moll and Roger Moore in Romulus and the Sabines (1961)

Many Brides for Many Robbers

Rome wasn't built in a day but when it was it was finished it was a complete sausage fest as there was not a single woman in sight. Aware of the mounting unrest in the men of the city, Romulus (Roger Moore) decides they must find women to live in the city too. The trouble is that the only way they can find women is to kidnap them and when they kidnap women from the Sabines it leads to war with the Sabine men who plan to attack Rome to reclaim their wives and daughters.

As Sam Cooke sung in "Wonderful World" I don't know much about history, what I do know is that history was not as presented in this sword and sandals movie "Romulus and the Sabines". By that I am on about the classic tale which saw kidnapped women raped by the men of Rome except here the women seem all too happy to be handed over to the horny men of Rome. Of course I don't expect complete historical accuracy but I expected more realism than this. The thing is that without the realism "Romulus and the Sabines" often feels like it is becoming a farce especially with the dubbing giving some of the characters an unwanted comic tone whilst we also frequently get cleavage shots when ever a woman is in a scene.

Of course "Romulus and the Sabines" does have something else which makes it of interest for movie fans and that is future James Bond, Roger Moore in the role of Romulus. Well what do you expect from Moore other than some moments of charm followed by moments of staged action. In truth Moore is the draw for this sword and sandals movie despite actually not having a great deal to do.

What this all boils down to is that "Romulus and the Sabines" is a weak movie even comparing to other poorly dubbed sword and sandals movie of the 60s. But it does star Roger Moore who brings his flirtatious charm to the movie which helps to make it entertaining even if it is cheesy at times.