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Son of Samson (1960)
"Maciste nella valle dei Re" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  24 November 1960 (Italy)
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Maciste travels to Egypt, where he leads a revolt against an evil queen.

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Complete credited cast:
Mark Forest ...
Maciste (as Mark Forrest)
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Queen Smedes
Vira Silenti ...
Tekaet
Angelo Zanolli ...
Pharaoh Kenamun
Federica Ranchi ...
Nofret
Carlo Tamberlani ...
Pharaoh Armiteo I
Nino Musco ...
Senneka the Camel Driver
Zvonimir Rogoz ...
Grand Visir
Ignazio Dolce ...
Tradesman
Andrea Fantasia ...
Blacksmith
Petar Dobric ...
High Priest
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During the Persian rule over Egypt (circa 525-480 B.C.), the young prince Kenamon uses to wander about, and mixing with the poor people. Once, he finds himself in a life threatening situation, and is saved by a strong man, Maciste. In another occasion, he sees a beautiful girl, Nofret, and falls in love with her. He talks with his father the Pharaoh Amirteo I, about being much impressed with the hunger and miserable living conditions of the people. His father decides to raise an army against the Persians, but his beautiful but cunning wife Smedes, godmother of Kenamon and allied of the Persian Gran Visir, kills him before he acts. Once on the throne of Pharaoh, Kenamon is drugged with a substance prepared by Smedes, and loses his will-power. Meanwhile, Nofret is about to be sold as slave. Maciste becomes the leader of the people's revolt, and is acclaimed at the the local games. Maciste gets Nofret free, manages not to fall under Smedes' love filters, and gathers and leads a ... Written by Artemis-9

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Italian censorship visa #33422 of November 19, 1960. See more »

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Queen Smedes: Feed him to the crocodiles.
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Mark Forest's second peplum, set in 11th century BC Egypt
4 September 2003 | by (south Texas USA) – See all my reviews

Most peplums with a Yugoslavian partner in the international co-production tend to have interesting location photography and a different visual style, and this one is no exception. The setting is the 11th century BC Egypt, where the nation is controlled by Persian occupiers who have enslaved the people. A well-intentioned pharoah who tries to defend the people is killed and his evil, manipulative wife (well-played by Chelo Alonso, in the tradition of over-the-top female villains in old Republic serials!) takes over and sells out the nation. On his return home to straighten things out, the pharoah's son, Kenamun, runs into Mark Forest (as Maciste, the Son of Samson) and the plot kicks into action. The plot also includes a mystical necklace that makes the wearer a zombie ready to be ordered around (shades of old serials once again!), and of course there is some romance. Mark Forest is as handsome as, say, James Darren, his physique is well-used in a number of difficult "tasks", and he is believable in the romantic scenes as well as the fights. I've seen 11 of his 12 1960s films and enjoy all of them. Interesting visuals, a unique setting, a fine female antagonist, Mark Forest's exciting presence--definitely an above-average sword-and-sandal opus for fans of the genre. Director Carlo Campogalliani was involved with many excellent historical films with American stars: Ed Fury's first Ursus movie; Steve Reeves in Goliath and the Barbarians; Lex Barker in Captain

Falcon; Jack Palance and Guy Madison in Sword of the Conqueror (that's one crying out for a DVD transfer--the circulating copies are very splicey). Check some of them out. A copy of this film was shown at UCLA recently at a peplum festival-- if there's a copy good enough quality to be screened there, it needs to be transferred to DVD now!


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