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Deucey23 Jan 2013 11:14 a.m. PST

I know of Ben Hur. Anything else out there?

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian23 Jan 2013 11:17 a.m. PST

I tried a keyword search on IMDB, doesn't look promising…

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2013 11:33 a.m. PST

I think there's one in the Liz Taylor "Cleopatra" movie.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Jan 2013 12:58 p.m. PST

There is supposed to be a sequel to 300 coming out featuring Salamis (?) I believe. It will probably have triremes in it.

Looks like it is scheduled for an August release:

Who asked this joker23 Jan 2013 1:00 p.m. PST

There is supposed to be a sequel to 300 coming out featuring Salamis (?) I believe. It will probably have triremes in it.

A modern war galley movie? Hollywood couldn't possibly screw that up! grin

Meiczyslaw Inactive Member23 Jan 2013 1:06 p.m. PST

There is supposed to be a sequel to 300 coming out …

I look forward to Persian shark-riding ninjas.

Balin Shortstuff Inactive Member23 Jan 2013 1:26 p.m. PST

"…with frickin' laser beams attached to their frickin' heads."

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2013 3:17 p.m. PST

It will be interesting trying to explain to a Modern Movie Guy that they did not use galley slaves at Salamis.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2013 5:41 p.m. PST

Don't worry: the oligarchical Spartans had slaves but in 300 were portrayed as the keepers of the flame for individualism and democracy. Yay!

(Still entertaining, though)

Caesar Inactive Member24 Jan 2013 7:52 a.m. PST

You know at some point some dude is going to jump or swing from one galley to another.

nickessex Inactive Member24 Jan 2013 11:44 a.m. PST

I vaguely remember a film (the Magic Christian)with one of the beatles (Ringo?) which had a galley rowing scene. A wierd thing to remember but I think Raquel Welch was whipping on the galley slaves.
Ben Hur also had a galley scene but then so did Carry on Cleo.

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member24 Jan 2013 2:29 p.m. PST

nickessex your memory is spot on!

Caesar Inactive Member24 Jan 2013 5:43 p.m. PST

The Three Stooges Meet Hercules has them as galley slaves.

nickessex Inactive Member25 Jan 2013 3:35 a.m. PST

Fellinis Satyricon also has a brief view of war galleys. (Where did I dredge up that memory from!)
Incidentally, the film is not suitable for impressionable youngsters.

Cyclops Inactive Member26 Jan 2013 10:13 a.m. PST

In 300 the Spartans were portrayed as violent lunatics fighting for Greek freedom. It was made clear they had slaves and weren't democrats (pretty much like the rest of the world at the time).
If you're going to criticise a film at least criticise it for what it got wrong (undead Immortals, war rhinos, fighting in loincloths etc). 300 had plenty of faults but showing Spartans as supporters of 21st century representative democracy wasn't one of them.
And 300: Rise of an Empire has a Georgi Stanislavov credited as Persian bomber 03, which doesn't bode well for those of us eager for a more historical movie. Those shark riding ninjas might be added in post production.

sjpatejak27 Dec 2016 1:06 p.m. PST

"You know at some point some dude is going to jump or swing from one galley to another"

On horseback no less:(

Retiarius931 Dec 2016 5:03 p.m. PST

how about the skit on The Carol Burnett Show when Harvey Korman and Tim Conway were rowers on a galley and they had to get the loaf of bread with their feet

YouTube link

noigrim03 Jan 2017 1:39 p.m. PST

Here's an Actium documentary YouTube link

Personal logo capncarp Supporting Member of TMP22 Jan 2017 8:33 p.m. PST

The Robe has a journey by galley for Richard Burton.

warhorse24 Jan 2017 2:15 p.m. PST

What is forgotten is that the Athenians (a genuine democracy) also kept slaves…

warhorse24 Jan 2017 2:16 p.m. PST

Democracy and slavery are not mutually exclusive. It all depends on whom you define as a "citizen"…

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