MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 8,432 this week

The Avenger (1962)
"La leggenda di Enea" (original title)

 |  Adventure, Drama, War  |  June 1964 (USA)
5.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.3/10 from 249 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 4 critic

Aeneas leads escapees from the Trojan war to new land in Italy, and must deal with new threats to his people.

Director:

(as Giorgio Rivalta)

Writers:

(epic poem: "Aeneis"), (adaptation), 6 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Related News

Static Shock Comes To The Big Screen!
| Comicmix.com

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1038 titles
created 25 Dec 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 07 Jan 2013
 
a list of 1163 titles
created 07 Apr 2013
 
a list of 1164 titles
created 12 Sep 2013
 
list image
a list of 2314 titles
created 3 days ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Avenger" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Avenger (1962)

The Avenger (1962) on IMDb 5.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Avenger.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In the tenth year of the Trojan War, tensions between Achilles and Agamemnon divide the Greek camp while giving hope to the Trojans.

Director: Marino Girolami
Stars: Gordon Mitchell, Jacques Bergerac, Cristina Gaioni
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Reg Park returns to his antics of old as the man of iron in HERCULES THE AVENGER. The Son of Jove undertakes another journey into the nether realms battling zombies and monsters in order to... See full summary »

Director: Maurizio Lucidi
Stars: Reg Park, Gia Sandri, Giovanni Cianfriglia
The Avengers (1961–1969)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentricly suave British agent and his predominately female partners.

Stars: Patrick Macnee, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman
The Avengers (1998)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Two British agents (John Steed and Emma Peel) team up to stop Sir August De Wynter from destroying the world with a weather changing machine.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery
Adventure | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hercules must journey in Hades itself to retrieve the magic stone that will free his love from the powers of darkness.

Directors: Mario Bava, Franco Prosperi
Stars: Reg Park, Christopher Lee, Leonora Ruffo
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Strong yet sleepy Hercules discovers that the Queen of Atlantis is plotting to take over the world with superhuman warriors.

Director: Vittorio Cottafavi
Stars: Reg Park, Fay Spain, Ettore Manni
Son of Samson (1960)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Maciste travels to Egypt, where he leads a revolt against an evil queen.

Director: Carlo Campogalliani
Stars: Mark Forest, Chelo Alonso, Vira Silenti
Dido & Aeneas (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Barbara Willis Sweete
Stars: Jennifer Lane, Russell Braun, Ann Monoyios
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Directors: Arthur Lubin, Bruno Vailati
Stars: Steve Reeves, Giorgia Moll, Edy Vessel
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two jerks are enlisted in the Italian army during W.W.1 and by pure luck manage to help win an important battle.

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Ciccio Ingrassia, Franco Franchi, Gino Cervi
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Based on the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel. Set in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius just before its famous eruption, the film begins with Glaucus, a Roman legionnaire, returning to his home from ... See full summary »

Directors: Mario Bonnard, Sergio Leone
Stars: Steve Reeves, Christine Kaufmann, Fernando Rey
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Second World War drama, set in the Philippines about a group of men recruited for the dangerous mission of destroying an American base to keep strategic papers out of enemy hands when ... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Mike Connors, John Ashley, Jewell Lain
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ...
Euryalus (as Giacomo Rossi-Stuart)
Carla Marlier ...
Lavinia, Latino's Daughter
Mario Ferrari ...
Latino - King of Latium
Enzo Fiermonte ...
Acate
Gianni Garko ...
Turno, King of the Rutuli
Liana Orfei ...
Camilla - Queen of the Volsci
Nerio Bernardi ...
Drance
Robert Bettoni ...
Pallante
Maurice Poli ...
Mezensio, Turno's Henchman
Lulla Selli ...
Amata - Latino's Wife
Pietro Capanna ...
Bisia
Benito Stefanelli ...
Nisius, Euryalus' Friend
Adriano Vitale ...
Dancer: Hunter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Augusto Terzoni ...
Dancer: Deer (unconfirmed)
Edit

Storyline

Aeneas leads escapees from the Trojan war to new land in Italy, and must deal with new threats to his people.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

His mighty sword avenged a nation!

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

Release Date:

June 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Avenger  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Italian censorship visa #38951 issued November 27, 1962. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, an army is seen passing by a maize field; this plant, however, was cultivated in Europe only since 1525, having been brought to the continent by Christopher Columbus. See more »

Crazy Credits

Co-screenwriter Albert Band is the sole credited director on English language versions of the film. See more »

Connections

Follows The Trojan Horse (1961) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
One of the better Peplums
16 April 2008 | by (the rock) – See all my reviews

I saw "The Trojan Horse" a few months ago, the version starring Steve Reeves and I enjoyed it. It's one of the best Sword & Sandals. I thought it was more successful than Robert Wise's HELEN OF TROY or the recent bloated version starring Brad Pitt, which is best forgotten. Wise's HELEN OF TROY is a sharply directed film that's hampered by a lack luster script and a freadfully dull ending. After enjoying the Steve Reeves version of the famous Greek story, I was ready to watch the sequel, "The War of the Trojans".

Though another Steve Reeves film like GOLIATH & THE BARBARIANS might be more entertaining to most viewers, the cheese factor keeps it from being a great film. Well this isn't the case with "The War of the Trojans". The cheese factor is very low and the direction is taught and tight. The story is somewhat predictable, certainly for someone who recently watched something like 75 S&S films in a few months but even the familiar storyline wasn't enough to diminish the film's impact.

The story continues right after the excellent "The Trojan Horse", when the fleeing people of Troy arrive in Italy and try to settle there. Problems arise when the King of a nearby Kingdom grants the people of Troy the right to live near the Tiber river. In-fighting within the Kingdom, lead by Turno, who sees the Trojans as a threat, creates a scheme to make the Trojans look evil. A war between the Trojans and the Kingdom erupts. Losing the battle, the Trojans, lead by Aeneas (played by the legendary Steve Reeves), become allies with the Etruscans, the sworn enemies of the Kingdom. The neverending battle causes a lot of deaths and casualties on both sides. Desperate to end the war, both sides agree to settle the war with a duel between Aeneas and Turno.

The beginning is talky but it's worth staying on for what's to come. Here's a short list of memorable scenes: when Aeneas sees the mural which recounts the battle of Troy, with flashbacks from "The Trojan Horse". For once, flashbacks from another movie actually work here; the archery duel; the scene with the wild boars; the killing of Eurialo; the duel at the end.

The cast is surprisingly good, with memorable characterization by the Queen and King Turno. The Queen is unforgettable, whoever played her. And King Turno is well played by Gianni Garko. Fans of SPACE 1999 will recognize Garko, who was Toni Cellini in the famous DRAGON'S DOMAIN episode. The only really weak part of the cast is Camilla, the young Amazonian woman. The purpose of her character is interesting but her dated hairstyle and appearance are the only incongruous elements in the film. The sets look real. Yes, it's not as spectacular and elaborate as "The Trojan Horse" but it doesn't need big moments to demonstrate the struggle of the displaced Trojan people which lead to the creation of Rome. And the score is excellent, one of the best I've heard in a Peplum. But the thing that tie all this beautifully together is the mature and assured direction. The compositions and constant smooth tracking shots give the film a greater professional look/feel than most films of the genre, which are often described static. Many moments could have easily turned into typical Peplum camp or silliness but here they were sharply set-up, creating tense or genuine emotional moments up to end. And one feels they actually learned something about history too. The film is believable too, which is no mean feat for a Sword & Sandal film.

I've watched many S&S films recently and this one stands out from the pack. It's clearly overlooked. People must have had Peplum fatigue back then for this film to be forgotten as it is now.

"The Trojan Horse" and "War of the Trojans" make an excellent double bill, for fans of Steve Reeves but history buffs as well.


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Lavinia slittle6
It looks kinescoped coolplants
Discuss The Avenger (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?