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Valley of the Lions (1961)

Ursus nella valle dei leoni (original title)
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Alberto Lupo ...
Ayak
Giacomo Furia ...
Simud
María Luisa Merlo ...
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Michele Malaspina
Mariangela Giordano ...
Annia
Gérard Herter ...
Lothar
Orlando Orfei
Elena Forte
Andrea Scotti
Gianni Solaro
Nino Fuscagni ...
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Aldo Barberito
Giancarlo Maestri
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Attea: I prefer to die rather than remain a slave.
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Nudge Nudge Wink Wink
18 April 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

The print I saw was a very worn black and white one from Sinister Cinema and as the film went on it rapidly became clear that the print's lack of quality and color work against real enjoyment of the film.

The good king and queen of some far off kingdom are brought down by an evil invader, however the queen escapes with their infant son. She soon commits suicide rather than be taken prisoner, but does so only after getting the baby away. The baby ends up being raised by lions. Years later the adult Ursus ends up captured by the evil king who killed his parents and moves to prevent him from ever taking the throne. There's more to it than that but it at least gives you the basic idea of the plot.

The movie is a step or two above the normal sword and sandal film thanks to a largely knowing translation that has Ursus speaking of wanting to become the special friend of a slave girl he's carried off. I know you're saying why would Ursus carry off a slave girl, simple he was raised by lions. The acting isn't bad and the translation seems to match the lip movements.

Is this a movie your going to watch over and over again? Probably not but should you run across it on TV late one night you'll find yourself entertained.


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