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Ursus returns from war to find his fiancée, Attea, has been kidnapped by a mysterious sect which sacrifices virgins to its patron goddess. Ursus faces much treachery and is forced to ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Fury ...
Cristina Gaioni ...
Magali (as Cristina Gajoni)
Moira Orfei ...
Mario Scaccia ...
María Luisa Merlo ...
Doreide (as Mary Marlon)
Luis Prendes ...
Rafael Luis Calvo ...
Mok (as Raphael Luis Calvo)
Mariangela Giordano ...
Nino Fuscagni ...
Ospite di Kimos
Soledad Miranda ...
Eliana Grimaldi ...
Antonio Gil ...
Ángela Pla
Cris Huerta ...
Challenging Wrestler
Roberto Camardiel ...
Cleonte (as Gamardiel)


Ursus returns from war to find his fiancée, Attea, has been kidnapped by a mysterious sect which sacrifices virgins to its patron goddess. Ursus faces much treachery and is forced to display much courage and strength as he and the blind girl Doreide embark upon a quest to retrieve Attea. Written by Jeff Hole <>

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Hercules... Atlas... Goliath... Mighty Ursus towers above them all!


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Release Date:

11 April 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ursus  »

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ESP 2,386,266 (Spain)

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2.35 : 1
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Used sets left over from King of Kings (1961). See more »


Kymos: [to Doreide, as Ursus is being whipped] Don't get excited. Your hero has an exceptionally thick skin.
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Followed by Ursus in the Land of Fire (1963) See more »

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colorful sword-and-sandal odyssey, well-plotted, with an appealing performance from Ed Fury
31 July 2003 | by (south Texas USA) – See all my reviews

I taped this off late-night TV 10+ years ago, and dusted it off recently on a free evening for a return engagement. Maybe I was distracted the first time I watched it back then, because I was quite impressed with it this time around. First, although Ed Fury's acting is sometimes criticized by writers about the peplum genre, he handles the role with the seriousness it deserves, yet has an undeniable charm that such a hero needs on

the screen. I need to dig out some more of his films. Second, the sets are quite imaginative for a low budget film and are able to suggest much more than they actually show. Third, the plot has a number of nice twists in its final third, and the film culminates in a genuinely exciting climax and satisfying resolution. Story-writer Guiseppe Mangione was also responsible for such offbeat items as Tony Anthony's first two "Stranger" films, Barbara Steele's "Angel for Satan," the interesting "Hypnosis," and others. Finally, director Carlo Campogalliani has credits dating back to the silent era, and he manages to use his directorial sleight-of-hand to make the film seem much bigger budgeted than it actually was... always the sign of a true professional and artist. The bullfight scene was very well done, with a combination of Fury, a stuntman, and a stuffed Ed Fury doll (at least, I'm guessing that was how it was done). The editing is fine in that scene also. Computer effects have spoiled many young film fans today--this kind of combination of director and editor creating a magical sleight-of-hand that makes us "see" what isn't actually happening is always worthy of praise and is exciting to watch. In short, an excellent entry in the sword-and-sandal genre, and a credit to star Ed Fury (who has always reminded me of a muscular version of Edd Byrnes or the young 1950s Clint Eastwood)

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