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My Son The Hero (original title: Arrivano I Titani, transl. Here Come The Titans) is a 1962 Italian Sword And Sandal movie directed by Duccio Dessari, starring Giuliano Gemma in his first protagonist role.During the time of Classical Mythology, Cadmos, the megalomaniac king of Crete, has his wife murdered in order toremain with his scheming lover Hermione. For this deed, the Sybil curses him in the name of the Olympian gods, foretelling him that his infant daughter Antyope will one day fall in love with the man who will bring Cadmos' reign of terror at an end. Furious at the gods' judgement and unable to kill his daughter on the spot (lest the curse would fulfill itself immediately), Cadmos renounces the gods and proclaims himself one. To this end, he and Ermione undergo a treatment with mystical vapors which render their bodies invulnerable. Once Antyope has reached the proper age, Cadmos plans to have her ordinated as a priestess in his service, to have her shut away from the world of men in a life of enforced chastity. Enraged by this intention, Zeus finally decides to send an agent to do his bidding. He turns to the Titans, still incarcerated in the pits of Tartarus, and offers them release if their youngest and weakest, but smartest of their number, Crios, agrees to cast Cadmos into the underworld. Crios is happy to accept the assignment, and travels to Knossos, the capital city of Crete, in order to fulfill his mission...Compared to more traditional Sword And Sandal movies, My Son The Hero has milder violence and a greater amount of humour, and will certainly be a welcome addition for any aficionados of the genre.
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