Drakut, a gypsy returning from foreign wars, rescues Princess Irina from men attacking her coach. She tells him, however, she is Melena (Elena?), maid to Princess Irina. Meanwhile, trouble brews between Drakut's gypsies and the local kingdom. Nicholas, Irina's father, rules benevolently but he's often manipulated by the evil and ambitious Grand Duke, Atanas. Atanas conspires to have Drakut's mother, queen of the gypsies, burned as a witch. Drakut mistakenly blames Irina for this, still believing he has never met the princess, only her maid. Atanas also has Nicholas killed, blaming the death on Drakut. Eventually Drakut learns the truth about the Irina-Melena mix-up and rescues the princess from a forced marriage to Atanas. Irina then makes Drakut a prince, making him eligible to marry her. Written by
dinky-4 of Minneapolis
Somewhere in between the sword-and-sandals and spaghetti-westerns, the Italian film industry of the 1960s turned out a few costume-adventures which might, very loosely, be termed Renaissancers. They're set in post-medieval Europe and display swordplay, men in tights, buxom barmaids, coaches pulled by teams of horses, masked balls, etc. "Revenge of the Conquered" is a passable but undistinguished example of this minor genre, featuring the underused and now forgotten Burt Nelson, who only takes his shirt off once, and the lovely, always-watchable Wandisa Guida. To date, this is the movie's only review. It doesn't quite deserve such borderline oblivion but then, there's little reason to remember it.
(Note: the English-dubbed DVD print under review is in b&w rather than color and runs 90 minutes.)
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