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Peter and David Paul: The Barbarian Brothers

Born in 1957, twin brothers Peter and David Paul are best known for their role in The Barbarians (1987). The Pauls acted in several other films in the 1980s and early 1990s, and returned to films in 2005 with the release of Souled Out.

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LEFT: The Barbarians collage created by Peter Vlachoutsakos. CENTER A: Poster from The Barbarians. CENTER B and C: David and Peter Paul. CENTER D: David Paul. RIGHT: Poster from the 1992 film Double Trouble

Filmography for Peter and David Paul

Souled Out (2005) with Gary Busey
Twin Sitters (1994) with Paul Bartel and George Lazenby
Double Trouble (1992) with Troy Donahue and Tim Stack
Think Big (1990) with Martin Mull, Richard Kiel, and Peter Lupus
The Road Raiders (1989) with Tia Carrere
Ghost Writer (1989) with John Matuszak, the Landers sisters, and Jeff Conaway
The Barbarians (1987) with Richard Lynch
The Flamingo Kid (1984) with Matt Dillon and Fisher Stevens
D.C. Cab (1983) with Mr. T

Paul Wynter

From the West Indies, Paul Wynter was a Mr. Europe and a two-time Mr. Universe (1958 and 1963, professional category). In his day, the 5'8" tall Wynter was one of the most symmetrical bodybuilders in world. He appeared in only a few sword and sandal films, such as Mole Men Vs. the Son of Hercules with Mark Forest and Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops with Gordon Mitchell. Wynter also acted in several French comedies.
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LEFT and CENTER: Various shots of Paul Wynter. RIGHT: Wynter and Mark Forest from Maciste, the Strongest Man in the World

Filmography for Paul Wynter

Five Marines for 100 Girls (1962) with Virna Lisi
Atlas in the Land of the Cyclops (1961) with Gordon Mitchell and Chelo Alonso
Mole Men vs. the Son of Hercules (1961) with Mark Forest

Georges Marchal

Georges Marchal

Early 1950s portrait of actor Georges Marchal

Born in France on January 10, 1920, actor Georges Marchal starred in many films during his career, which spanned five decades. From his start in the 1940s, Marchal became an important actor in French cinema, emerging as a leading man in 1950s films. After starring in a vast number of films and TV programs, Marchal passed away on November 28, 1997, at the age of 77.

Sign of the Gladiator (1959)

Georges Marchal

As Marcus Valerius in the adventure Sign of the Gladiator

Ulysses Against the Son of Hercules (1961)

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From Ulysses Against the Son of Hercules with Mike Lane

The Colossus of Rhodes (1961)

Georges Marchal and Rory Calhoun

With Rory Calhoun in The Colossus of Rhodes, released by MGM

Rod Flash (aka Richard Lloyd)

Born Iloosh Khoshabe in Iran, Rod Flash (aka Richard Lloyd and Ilush) acted in a handful of sword and sandal films in the early to mid 1960s. Lloyd's best-known film is Vulcan, Son of Jupiter (1962; with Gordon Mitchell and Roger Browne), and was cast as Maciste and Samson in a few other pictures. Lloyd was quite an athlete and, like several of his contemporaries, did his own stunts in films without a stand-in.

Vulcan Son of Jupiter (1962)

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LEFT: Collage of Richard Lloyd from the film Vulcan, Son of Jupiter CENTER and RIGHT: Flash as the title character Vulcan

Hercules, Samson, and Ulysses (1963)

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LEFT: As Samson in Hercules, Samson, and Ulysses. RIGHT: With Kirk Morris as Hercules

Rod Flash's Filmography

Due Magnum .38 per una città di carogne (1975) with Gordon Mitchell
Jangjooyan-e koochooloo (1973)
Ahmad chakmei (1971)
Keshtye Noah (1968)
Hossein Kord Shabestari (1966)
The Invincible Gladiators (1964)
Hercules, Samson and Ulysses (1963) with Kirk Morris and Enzo Cerusico
Vulcan, Son of Jupiter (1962) with Bella Cortez, Gordon Mitchell, and Roger Browne
Ali Baba and the Sacred Crown (1962) with Bella Cortez

Pierre Brice

Although he's better known for his 40-year association with the character 'Winnetou,' Pierre Brice appeared in a few sword and sandal films in the early 1960s. Born in France in 1929, Brice developed an interest in acting. After completing drama school, he had limited success in his film career until he was chosen for the part of Winnetou in the Lex Barker vehicle Treasure of Silver Lake (1962). Brice emerged as the star of the film and has gone on to portray Winnetou in many films and television shows.

Pierre Brice

Pierre Brice in horror flick Mill of the Stone Women (1960)

Jacques Sernas

Jacques Sernas

Born in Lithuania on July 30, 1925, actor Jacques Sernas has had a film career spanning more than 60 years. He's appeared in such films as Helen of Troy (1956), Duel of the Titans (1963; with Gordon Scott and Steve Reeves) and Superfly TNT (1973; with Ron O'Neal). Now in his 80s, Sernas on occasion continues to make films in Europe.

Helen of Troy (1956)

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From the adventure Helen of Troy

The Centurion (1961)

Jacques Sernas

From the Italian costume drama The Centurion

The Slave (1962)

Jacques Sernas in The Slave

From the Steve Reeves epic The Slave

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RICHARD LLOYD/ROD FLASH

Vulcan, Son Of Jupiter [DVD](1962) DVD
It's a muscleman epic with many supernatural elements as Jupiter's brawny son tackles monster men, underground creatures and others. With Rod Flash, Gordon Mitchell. Soundtrack: English (dubbed).
Hercules, Samson And Ulysses [DVD](1963) DVD
That's three times the heroes of legend for your buck in this brawny Saturday matinee opus, as the quest of Hercules (Kirk Morris) and Ulysses (Enzo Cerusico) to hunt down a heinous sea creature finds them marooned on Judea's shores. Imprisoned by the Philistines, the crew's freedom hinges on Herc tracking down and capturing the equally formidable Samson (Richard Lloyd). Liana Orfei, Fulvia Franco co-star; Pietro Francisci directs. 86 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

GEORGES MARCHAL

Ulysses Against The Son Of Hercules [DVD](1963) DVD
Two of mythology's greatest heroes--Ulysses and, um, the offspring of Hercules--are pitted in a fierce struggle until both are captured by bizarre half-man, half-bird creatures. Now, they must team with each other to stop the nasties, controlled by a beautiful but evil queen. Georges Marchal and Michael Lane star. Soundtrack: English (dubbed).
The Dirty Game [DVD](1965) DVD
This rarely seen European spy thriller stars Robert Ryan as an American general presenting three suspenseful tales of international espionage operations he was involved with. First, undercover agent Vittorio Gassman is hired by the Soviets to kidnap an Italian rocket scientist. Then, a series of attacks on U.S. submarines is narrowly halted. Finally, Henry Fonda shines as an American hiding out from Iron Curtain assassins. With Annie Girardot, Bourvil, Robert Hossein. Soundtrack: English.
Sellers Of Girls [DVD](1967) DVD
After facing a series of difficult situations in Paris, a young woman gets involved with a white slavery/drug racket. While en route to South America, she becomes engaged to a crewman on board her ship, then tackles the syndicate head-on. Georges Marschal, Agnes Laurent and Daniela Rocca star in this seedy melodrama. Dubbed in English.

DAVID AND PETER PAUL/THE BARBARIAN BROTHERS

D.C. Cab [DVD](1983) DVD
If you thought Travis Bickle was a tough cabbie, watch what happens when Mr. T takes the wheel in this non-stop action-comedy hit. Gary Busey inherits a ramshackle taxi fleet and fights against all odds to make it a success. Max Gail and Irene Cara also star. 100 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
The Flamingo Kid [DVD](1984) DVD
A sweet, funny comedy starring Matt Dillon as a high school graduate from the Bronx who learns a lesson or two about life when he lands a summer job at an exclusive Long Island swim club in the early '60s. With Richard Crenna, Hector Elizondo, Janet Jones; look for early turns by Bronson Pinchot, Marisa Tomei and John Turturro. 100 min. Standard and Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish.
The Barbarians (1987)/The Norseman [DVD](1978) DVD
Orphan twin boys are imprisoned by a cruel tyrant and raised to fight as gladiators. After growing to massive-muscled manhood, the sword-wielding sibs battle a dragon and other menaces in a rebellion against their captor. Bodybuilder brothers David and Peter Paul are "The Barbarians," in a wild action/fantasy that also stars Richard Lynch, Virginia Bryant, and Michael Berryman as the Dirtmaster. Next, Lee Majors trades bionics for a broadsword as "The Norseman," an 11th-century Viking prince who sails with his warrior band from Greenland to North America to rescue his father, who's been captured by Indians. Mel Ferrer, Cornel Wilde, and Susie Coelho also star. 177 min. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
The White Horse Is Dead [DVD](2005) DVD
Sexually charged drama revolves around a bizarre 17-year-old girl who tries to rid herself of the pain of teenage life by letting leeches suck her blood while her Russian mother encourages her to use her beauty to become rich. But when a handsome gardener moves into the household, a strange triangle of passion, jealousy and manipulation is formed. Resmine Atis, Andrew Welsh, Irina Stemer star. 100 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; alternate ending; audio commentary; behind-the-scenes footage; interviews; photo gallery; theatrical trailer.

PIERRE BRICE

Murder By Two (L'Homme a Femmes) [DVD](1960) DVD
One murder victim, five prime suspects. In this French suspense film, the crime is grisly but the police are determined to ferret out the identity of the killer. Each suspect has motives that could inspire the homicide, but there can only be one murderer...or could there be more than one guilty party? Danielle Darrieux, Mel Ferrer, and Catherine Deneuve star. AKA: "Ladies' Man." Standard; Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.
Mill Of The Stone Women [DVD](1960) DVD
A mad doctor drains young women of their blood in an attempt to restore his daughter to life, leaving the bodies in a windmill turned into a statue gallery. Bizarre horror tale from Europe stars Wolfgang Preiss, Pierre Brice, Scilla Gabel. AKA: "Horror of the Stone Women," "Icon." 96 min. Standard; Soundtrack; English (dubbed) Dolby Digital stereo; deleted scenes; alternate scenes; poster gallery; theatrical trailer.
Sweet Ecstasy (Sweet Violence) [DVD](1962) DVD
See Elke Sommer as you've never seen her before in this sensual European drama in which she plays a jet-setter on the French Riviera who begins to have strong feelings towards a young man. Her interest sparks a rivalry between him and an older man which is resolved in a most unsettling way. With Pierre Brice. AKA: "Douce Violence." 80 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; photo gallery; theatrical trailer; more.
Apaches' Last Battle [DVD](1964) DVD
Offbeat and interesting German-made Western, third in the "Winnetou" series based on Karl May's novels. Lex Barker stars as grizzled ex-railroader Shatterhand, who, along with Indian blood brother Winnetou (Pierre Brice) tries to stop power-hungry Cavalry officer Guy Madison from fermenting war between the Apache and Comanche. Sultry Daliah Lavi also stars. AKA: "Old Surehand," "Shatterhand." 98 min. Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.
Golden Goddess Of Rio Beni [DVD](1964) DVD
In this thrill-packed actioner, some fortune hunters embark on a quest for a sacred statue that takes them deep into the wilds. As they make their way through the rough terrain with hopes of finding riches, they encounter headhunters, snakes, and a sexy jungle goddess. Stars Pierre Brice, Gillian Hills, Rene Deltgen. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.
A Place Called Glory (1965)/The Road To Fort Alamo [DVD](1964) DVD
First, "A Place Called Glory" is a lawless frontier town that celebrates its founding each year by conning two gunfighters into dueling in the center of town. This time around Lex Barker and Pierre Brice are the doomed duo, but they hatch a plan to save themselves and set things right. Marianne Koch, Gerard Tichy co-star. AKA: "Place Called Glory City." Next, "The Road to Fort Alamo" is strewn with bullets as a horseman (Ken Clarke) takes up with shady characters intent on bilking soldiers out of their pay. The caper takes them through Indian territory and an Army captain not yet wise to his scheme. Gripping western by horror director Mario Bava co-stars Jany Clair, Michel Lemoine. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.
Thunder At The Border [DVD](1966) DVD
Brynner, McQueen, et al. must've been otherwise engaged, because the inhabitants of a Mexican village oppressed by bandits have turned to the Apache warrior Winnetou (Pierre Brice) and his grizzled ally Old Firehand (Rod Cameron) to take up their cause and drive the desperados out. Penultimate entry in the series of Germany-lensed Karl May western adaptations co-stars Marie Versini, Todd Armstrong. 98 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English (dubbed) Dolby Digital mono. Dubbed in English.

JACQUES SERNAS

Duel Of The Champions (Duel Of Champions) [DVD](1961) DVD
In this historical adventure set in Ancient Rome, Alan Ladd plays a Roman soldier who, along with his brothers, must battle a trio of Alban siblings in a duel to the death. Directed by Terence Young ("Dr. No") and Ferdinando Baldi ("Comin' at Ya!"), the film also stars Franca Bettoja. 90 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Centurion [DVD](1962) DVD
There's swords and sandals aplenty in this conquering classic with Jacques Sernas as a Roman official sent to Greece to prevent war between Rome and Corinth. As he tries to diffuse the situation, he finds himself squaring off against a group of freedom fighters led by John Drew Barrymore. Co-stars Genevieve Grad, Gianna Maria Canale. AKA: "Conqueror of Corinth." Soundtrack: English (dubbed). Dubbed in English.
The Dirty Game [DVD](1965) DVD
This rarely seen European spy thriller stars Robert Ryan as an American general presenting three suspenseful tales of international espionage operations he was involved with. First, undercover agent Vittorio Gassman is hired by the Soviets to kidnap an Italian rocket scientist. Then, a series of attacks on U.S. submarines is narrowly halted. Finally, Henry Fonda shines as an American hiding out from Iron Curtain assassins. With Annie Girardot, Bourvil, Robert Hossein. Soundtrack: English.

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