Sodom and Gomorrah (1963)

154 mins | Drama | 1963

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HISTORY

Released in Italy in 1961 as Sodoma e Gomorra . Released in France in 1962 as Sodome et Gomorrhe . Gus Agosti is credited as 1st assistant director; Giorgio Contili is credited as 2d unit assistant director; Franco Cirino and Benchekroun Larbi are credited as assistant directors. One Italian source credits Dimitri Tiomkin with ... More Less

Released in Italy in 1961 as Sodoma e Gomorra . Released in France in 1962 as Sodome et Gomorrhe . Gus Agosti is credited as 1st assistant director; Giorgio Contili is credited as 2d unit assistant director; Franco Cirino and Benchekroun Larbi are credited as assistant directors. One Italian source credits Dimitri Tiomkin with music. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANIES
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir (see note)
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
DANCE
Choreog
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
Prod mgr
Dial dir
Prologue & main title des
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Sodoma e Gomorra
Sodome et Gomorrhe
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 23 January 1963
Copyright Claimant:
Titanus
Copyright Date:
31 December 1962
Copyright Number:
LP23723
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
De Luxe
Duration(in mins):
154
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

A group of Hebrews searching for a new home approach Sodom and Gomorrah, twin cities ruled by the ruthless Queen Bera. Bera permits the Hebrews to remain outside the cities and farm the land along the Jordan River, in the hopes that they will serve as a buffer against the fierce, nomadic Helamites, who have enlisted the aid of Bera's vice-ridden brother, Astaroth, in plotting to take control of the two cities. On the night of Lot's wedding to a former slave, Ildith, the Helamites attack the Hebrew camp; but Lot orders the destruction of a dam, and the Helamites are drowned in a raging flood. The Hebrews' lands are destroyed by the flood, and the grateful Bera allows the homeless people to move into Sodom, where they become enterprising salt sellers. Though Lot prospers, he gradually sees the corrupting influence of life in the city. Lot kills Astaroth, who has violated both of his daughters, and Bera has him imprisoned. Two angels appear before Lot and instruct him to lead his people away from the wickedness of the cities before sunset, when Jehovah will destroy both Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, miraculously freed from his chains, assembles those who will heed his warning and leads them into the mountains. At sunset, the earth splits apart and the two cities burn to ashes. Ildith ignores the Lord's warning that "he who looks back upon the destruction of this place, does so in regret." As she turns her head toward her former home, a bolt of lightning cracks across the sky, and she turns into a pillar of ... +


A group of Hebrews searching for a new home approach Sodom and Gomorrah, twin cities ruled by the ruthless Queen Bera. Bera permits the Hebrews to remain outside the cities and farm the land along the Jordan River, in the hopes that they will serve as a buffer against the fierce, nomadic Helamites, who have enlisted the aid of Bera's vice-ridden brother, Astaroth, in plotting to take control of the two cities. On the night of Lot's wedding to a former slave, Ildith, the Helamites attack the Hebrew camp; but Lot orders the destruction of a dam, and the Helamites are drowned in a raging flood. The Hebrews' lands are destroyed by the flood, and the grateful Bera allows the homeless people to move into Sodom, where they become enterprising salt sellers. Though Lot prospers, he gradually sees the corrupting influence of life in the city. Lot kills Astaroth, who has violated both of his daughters, and Bera has him imprisoned. Two angels appear before Lot and instruct him to lead his people away from the wickedness of the cities before sunset, when Jehovah will destroy both Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, miraculously freed from his chains, assembles those who will heed his warning and leads them into the mountains. At sunset, the earth splits apart and the two cities burn to ashes. Ildith ignores the Lord's warning that "he who looks back upon the destruction of this place, does so in regret." As she turns her head toward her former home, a bolt of lightning cracks across the sky, and she turns into a pillar of salt. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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