While on vacation in Rhodes, Athenian battle hero Darios becomes entangled in two separate plans to depose the tyrant, one from Rhodian patriots and the other from evil Phoenician operatives.
Sergio Leone co-wrote and directed the 1961 Italian sword and sandal film The Colossus of Rhodes. It is a fictional account of Rhodes during its Classical period in the late third century before falling under Roman control, using the Colossus of Rhodes as a backdrop for the story of a war hero who becomes involved in two separate plots to overthrow a tyrannical king, one by Rhodian patriots and the other by Phoenician agents. The picture was Leone’s debut as a credited director in a genre in which he had previously worked (as the replacement director for The Last Days of Pompeii and as a secondary director for both Ben-Hur and Quo Vadis). It is possibly the least well-known of his seven official films, and it is remarkable for being the only one without Ennio Morricone’s music.