Conqueror of Maracaibo (1961)
"Il conquistatore di Maracaibo" (original title)

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Credited cast:
Hans von Borsody ...
Alan Drake
Luisella Boni ...
Altagracia (as Brigitte Corey)
Helga Liné ...
Moira / El Valiente
Luis Induni ...
Xan das Bolas ...
Subastador de esclavos
Carlos Casaravilla ...
Salvatore Furnari ...
José Marco ...
José María Caffarel ...
Conrad Andersen ...
Carlo Tamberlani ...
Jany Clair ...
Doña Isabella Valdez (as Jane Clair)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barta Barri ...
Frank Braña
Livia Contardi ...


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29 April 1961 (Italy)  »

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ESP 3,831,810 (Spain)

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2.35 : 1
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Edited into Pugni, pirati e karatè (1973) See more »

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Simple and predictable pirate spectacle , ordinarily directed by a Spanish craftsman , Eugenio Martin
24 April 2015 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

This Spanish/Italian/German co-production results to be a simple , plain and passable clean fun . Average swashbuckler with Hans Von Borsody as Alan Drake , a legendary pirate against an evil enemy called Brasseur , Carlos Casaravilla , and his bloody hoodlums . This classic story of romantic adventure by Eugenio Martin , filmed in Spain , comes to life enriched by Eastmancolor photography and adapted swiftly to the screen , being freely based on a story by Gianfranco Parolini and Giovanni Simonelli . Here's an entertaining pirate yarn with habitual characterizations and with some nice action . It begins in the Caribbe sea . There the a notorious pirate named Drake (Hans Von Borsody who provides youthful enthusiasm) aboard a ship and he sets sail for the seven seas . Then he is placed on the path of righteousness by his love for a beautiful young woman when her ship is attacked by a pirate and then Drake takes over the Spanish boat where meets a Spanish countess , Doña Isabella Valdez (Jane Clair) . As there takes place the Most Daring Adventure That Ever Swept Across the Seven Seas when the brave pirate meets up with his enemy on the high seas . Pirate Drake teaming up with a group of rebels but paying more attention to proper young lady , a gorgeous maid called Altagracia (Brigitte Corey) who frees from a slave market . Robert join forces a bunch of friends and makes them his crew , as his aides Blaine (Luis Induni), Puritano (Luis Sanchez Polack , ¨Tip¨) and a midget , among others . As a corsair captain and a crew of escaped pirates plundering for loot , revenge and righting wrings becomes his life . They are forced into piracy but ultimately earn pardon for their swashbuckling ways . As Drake and his crew sailing recklessly through dangerous waters , from the Caribbean islands along Atlantic Ocean today he still lives in hundreds of legends . Drake encounters dangerous situations while trying to retrieve his lover , freeing slaves ; and to avoid attacks over Maracaibo , where is the residence of the governor general (Carlo Tamberlani) and there lives the mysterious and beautiful Moira (Helga Line) . At the end takes place a huge pirate invasion on Maracaibo , carried out by Brasseur , attempting to destroy its fortress . The picture is set in Maracaibo and Isla Tortuga . In fact , Turtle Island was a popular homeport in which many of the crews turned pirate and used the city as their main base during the 17th century against the Spanish treasure fleets . Pirates from around the world congregated at Tortuga , coming from waters as far away as Madagascar.

Amusing pirate movie , plenty of action , thrills , colorful cinematography , regular miniature work , luxurious costumes , adequate score ; all meld together under Eugenio Martin 's right direction . Although the story has been told before , tight filmmaking and likable acting win out . Combination of overwhelming battle ships , sword-play and full of villainy , romance , swashbuckler and heroism . The picture is filled with usual Spanish secondaries who often use to appear in customary co-productions of the sixties as Spaghetti/Paella Western as well as Peplum , such as Helga Line , Luis Induni , Jose Manuel Martin , Frank Braña , Jose Maria Caffarel , Jose Marco , Barta Barri and Xan Das Bolas . Thrilling as well as evocative musical score by Miguel Asins Arbo . Atmospheric cinematography by Franco Izzarelli ; however , a perfect remastering being necessary . It was shot on location in Peñíscola, Castellón, Comunidad Valenciana, Spain .

The motion picture produced by the powerful Constantin Films , Epoca Films and Spanish Procusa was professionally directed by Eugenio Martin or Gene Martin . Martin is an expert on all kind of genres such as mystery , horror movies (Hypnosis, A candle for the devil , The fourth Mrs Anderson , Horror Express), Musical (The Girl from the Red Cabaret, Leandras) , Spaghetti or Paella Western (Requiem for a gringo , Pancho Villa , The ugly ones , Bad man's river) and adventures (Golden Goddess of Rio Beni, Captain from Toledo, Conqueror of Maracaibo) . Rating : 5,5 . Average but acceptable to see , well worth watching for pirate adventure buffs .

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