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Erik the Conqueror (1961)

Gli invasori (original title)
In the 9th Century, two Viking children, separated since their early childhood with one raised by the British and the other by Vikings, meet after nearly 20 years as rivals as war breaks ... See full summary »

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Eron
Alice Kessler ...
Rama
Ellen Kessler ...
Daya
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Erik, Duke of Helford (as Giorgio Ardisson)
Andrea Checchi ...
Sir Rutford
Jean-Jacques Delbo ...
Olaf (as Jacques Delbò)
Franco Giacobini ...
Rustichello
Raf Baldassarre ...
Blak (as Raffaele Baldassarre)
Enzo Doria ...
Bennet
Gianni Solaro ...
Ranco
Franco Ressel ...
Livia Contardi ...
Hadda
Folco Lulli ...
Harald, re dei Vichinghi
Françoise Christophe ...
Regina Alice (as Françoise Cristophe)
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In the 9th Century, two Viking children, separated since their early childhood with one raised by the British and the other by Vikings, meet after nearly 20 years as rivals as war breaks out between Britian and the Vikings for control of England. Written by Anonymous

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In the duel between Eron and Erik both characters loose their shields at one point. After a cut both are equipped with shields again. See more »

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Olaf: Yes! Crush queen Alice and all her kingdom. Let us join forces with Norway and Sweden, and with Iceland! Let us amass our powers and crush these brittish under the stones of their own fortresses! The vikings will dominate the North Sea.
Garian: We are with you, Olaf. You can count on our alligence.
Grand Cheif of Iceland: Iceland will follow you!
One-Eyed Cheif: They owe me one eye! I will gladly join with you!
Garian: Now hear me, Olaf. There is one thing we need, Olaf. We want you to for out leader! You, Olaf!
Olaf: I thank you, Garian. I thank you all....
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Referenced in Hercules vs. the Giant Warriors (1964) See more »

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ERIK THE CONQUEROR (Mario Bava, 1961) ***
4 July 2007 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

The first peplum to be officially directed by Bava (and his first collaboration with Hollywood actor Cameron Mitchell) is, as can be expected, a virtual clone of the classic spectacle THE VIKINGS (1958) – if, obviously, done on a much smaller budget. That said, unlike the later KNIVES OF THE AVENGER (1966), the film does feature a few sweeping action sequences (many of them replicated practically wholesale in the following year's ATTACK OF THE NORMANS [1962]; see above).

The plot concerns a couple of Viking brothers separated at birth during a vicious attack: one of them is raised by the British Queen and, therefore, becomes his sibling's sworn enemy. Also involved are a couple of identical vestal virgins – played by the then-popular singing duo, the Kessler Twins – who, obviously, both go against their vows (and thus risking death if caught) by falling for the brothers. The Viking community, largely confined to living as cave-dwellers, provides plenty of opportunity for Bava's trademark atmospherics and flair for composition and, as was the norm for him at this stage in his career, he officially acted as his own cinematographer!

The typically jovial, uncouth and heavy-set Viking leader is played here by Folco Lulli (though he is killed in the very opening sequence!), while Andrea Checchi – from Bava's own BLACK Sunday [1960] – fills in for the role of chief villain (his death via a succession of arrows may well have been inspired by the unforgettable demise of the "Macbeth" character in Akira Kurosawa's superb Shakespearean adaptation THRONE OF BLOOD [1957]). Though a decent actor, Mitchell comes across as a generally glum presence in these type of pictures; here, he ends up by sacrificing himself for his brother and, consequently, receives the requisite fiery viking burial (even if the film's budget apparently didn't afford this spectacular effect – since it cuts abruptly to a two-shot of the lifeless Mitchell and his grieving intended for the fade-out)! Curiously enough, while Mitchell is the nominal male lead, the English title of the film makes it sound like the younger brother is the conquering hero of the piece!

While I already owned the film, taped off Italian TV, this second viewing came via a rental of the bare-bones Italian DVD; given the picture's lack of exposure in R1 land, I wonder whether it will eventually be included in Anchor Bay's hopefully-not-long-in-coming "The Mario Bava Collection Vol. 2"...


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