The Captive City
Original Italian film poster
Directed byJoseph Anthony
Based onThe Captive City
by John Appleby
CinematographyLeonida Barboni
Edited by
Music byPiero Piccioni
Distributed byParamount Films of Italy
American International Pictures (US)
Release dates
  • 5 December 1962 (1962-12-05) (Italy)

Sept 1964 (USA)
Running time
110 minutes

The Captive City (Italian: La città prigioniera) is a 1962 Italian English-language war film directed by Joseph Anthony and starring David Niven, Lea Massari and Ben Gazzara.[1] It is based on the 1955 novel The Captive City by John Appleby. The film was released in the US as Conquered City by American International Pictures as a double feature with The Day the Earth Froze.[2]


At the end of the Second World War, Athens is liberated by the Allies. Greek soldiers and partisans, fresh from waging guerilla warfare on the Germans join with local insurgents in an attempt to seize power and the British are finally compelled to vacate the city to encamp around its perimeter.[3]

Meanwhile, a small group of men and women in a hotel find themselves besieged by a rebel army that wants the Nazi armaments in the basement.



  1. ^ "La Città Prigioniera". Film & TV Database. British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Inventory of the Samuel Z. Arkoff Papers".
  3. ^ Gibraltar Chronicle newspaper; dated 15th October 1966; Page 5