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The White Warrior (1959)

Agi Murad il diavolo bianco (original title)
The story of Hadji Murad, a 19th-century Chechen chieftain who led his warriors in a fight against the invading forces of the Russian Czar.


(as Richard Freda)


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Complete credited cast:
Agi / Hadji Murad, the White Warrior
Sultanet, Aslan Bey's Daughter
Scilla Gabel ...
Princess Maria Vorontsova
Ahmed Khan
Gérard Herter ...
Prince Sergei Vorontzov
Milivoje Zivanovic ...
Nikola Popovic ...
King Shamil
Jovan Gec ...
Aslan Bey
Niksa Stefanini ...
Milivoje Popovic-Mavid ...
Doctor Eldar
Marija Tocinoski ...
(as MarijaTocinowki)
Pasquale Basile
Goffredo Unger ...
(as Goffredo Ungaro)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antun Nalis ...
Melders, Murad's Lieutenant


The story of Hadji Murad, a 19th-century Chechen chieftain who led his warriors in a fight against the invading forces of the Russian Czar.

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Release Date:

10 February 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El diablo blanco  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Italian censorship visa #29387 delivered on June 4, 1959. See more »


Princess Maria Vorontsova: You've had him tortured!
Prince Sergei: I'm sorry they told you. I wanted to give you a surprise because I knew it would make you so glad.
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Crazy Credits

For the U.S. English dubbed version, released through Warner Brothers, the name of director Riccardo Freda was listed in the credits as "Richard Freda." See more »


Referenced in Las gemelas (1963) See more »

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Exotic adventures with the bouncing Steve Reeves as a Chechen rebel against Russian military
2 January 2014 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Italian adventure with intrepid rebels and exotic scenarios . An enjoyable adventure movie with historical backstage , action , thrills , love , battles and spectacular scenarios . The story of Hadji Murad (Steve Reeves), a 19th-century Chechen chieftain who led his warriors in a fight against the invading forces of the Russian Czar , Nicholas I (Zivanovic) . Along the way Murat takes on a traitor named Ahmed Khan (Renato Baldini) , Prince Sergei Vorontzov (Gérard Herter) and falls in love for Sultanet, Aslan Bey's Daughter (Giorgia Moll) and Princess Maria Vorontsova (Scilla Gabel) .

The film is a passable adventure movie, lavishly produced , a lot of extras and usual dancing scenes in charge of gorgeous dancers . This classic story of romantic adventure come to life enriched by Technicolor cinematography in charge of Maria Bava , the notorious cameraman and filmmaker , and adapted regularly to the screen . However , being necessary a right remastering for the washed-out copy . The movie suffered several cuts by Italian censorship and was based on a book by Leo Tolstoy, who in turn based the book on his experiences in the Russian army in Chechnya when his unit was sent to help subdue Chechen guerrillas . Overwhelming battles and duels and full of villainy , romance , and heroism . Evocative as well as atmospheric musical score by Roberto Nicolisi . Steve Reeves is cool as the hero who encounters dangerous situations while trying retrieve his lover . Reeves acted as a corpulent hero in several movies, starring historic and legendary characters, such as ¨Romulus¨ in Romulus and Remo ; ¨Phillipides¨ in Giant of Marathon; ¨Eneas¨ in The war of the Trojan and The horse of Trojan ; ¨Glaucus¨ in The last days of Pompei and ¨Hercules¨ in the Queen of Lydia. He starred several adventure films such as ¨Thief of Baghdad , Morgan the Pirate¨, ¨The avenger¨, ¨Pirates of seven seas¨ , among others . In the picture appears usual secondaries and familiar faces from Peplum and Spaghetti Western such as Gerard Herter , Renato Baldini , Goffredo Unger , among others.

The motion picture was middlingly directed by Riccardo Freda who used a number of aliases during his career, including Robert Hampton or George Lincoln and as screenwriter Riccardo Freda . Riccardo is a classic director who realized all kind of genres . Freda along with Vittorio Cottafavi continued to realize films in the historical-spectacular style , at which he developed a considerable skill and mastery . From the mid-50s Freda's liking make for atmospheric and colorful scenes of shock began to itself apparent , especially in such musclemen epics as ¨Teodora¨ , ¨Spartacus¨ , ¨Giants of Thessaly¨ , ¨The seventh sword¨ , ¨Samson of the 7 miracles of the world¨ , ¨Sins of Rome¨¨Maciste all's inferno ¨, the latter a gripping/horror Peplum and of course ¨Maciste in the court of the Great Khan¨, one of his best films . In the early 60s , he was a pioneer in Italy of horror-fantasy films frightening audiences the world over , especially with ¨I Vampiri¨ and ¨L'Orrible Segreto del Dottor Hitchcock¨ as he combined with that wide-staring of actress , the British-born Barbara Steele . He also made adventures as ¨Black Eagle¨ , ¨The son of Black Eagle¨ , ¨White devil¨ , ¨Son of D'Artagnan¨ , ¨The Mongols¨ and uncredited ¨Daughter of D'Artagnan¨ . From there he went to melodrama and spy films as ¨¨Mexican Slayride¨and ¨Coplan FX18¨ and even made some western as ¨No killing without dollars¨ with Mark Damon and signed under pseudonym as George Lincoln . Strong on visual style, Freda's movies had popular appeal , and were usually commercial hits . Several were French/Spanish/Italian or other European co-productions . He has been called a filmmaker "who brings some style to exploitation pictures", and has something of a cult following .

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