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The Castilian (1963)

El valle de las espadas (original title)
The young leader of the Spanish kingdom of Castile tries to get the various warring kingdoms of Spain to unite and join forces against the invading Moors.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Espartaco Santoni ...
Jerónimo (as César Romero)
Tere Velázquez ...
Tomás Blanco ...
Don Nuño
Gonzalo Díaz
Germán Cobos ...
Reina Teresa
Ramiro II, rey de León
Don Sancho
Millán (as Jorge Rigaud)
Ángel del Pozo ...
Don García
Luis Induni ...
Beni Deus ...
Íñigo (as Beny Deus)


The young leader of the Spanish kingdom of Castile tries to get the various warring kingdoms of Spain to unite and join forces against the invading Moors.

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TRUE...Actually Shot in the Medieval Locations Where the Actual Story Took Place!




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Release Date:

6 September 1963 (USA)  »

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The Castilian  »

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1.85 : 1
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A forgotten classic of Spanish cinema epic
28 April 2014 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Fernán González ( 910-970 ) was a feudal gentleman who is credited with the birth of the Kingdom of Castile has been so important in creating Spain . In the battle of Simancas defeated Abderrman III that had ravaged Burgos, Alava and killed 200 monks at Cardeña . Due to the success of El Cid (1961) by Anthony Mann, with Charlton Heston , two years after Hollywood producers associated with Spanish , they decided to bring to the screen epics father of Castile, entitled The Castilian in the United States and El valley swords in Spain . Spartacus Santoni, best known for his playboy exploits as an actor , because his career is not very extensive , assumed the role of the famous Earl though of course it was far from Heston. It is therefore a much more modest but very worthy adaptation production disdain that he is currently giving not deserve it.

It's amazing to see this film today. By the way the American version is much longer and even contains a "Striptrease" by Soledad Miranda, the ill-fated muse Jesus Franco , which is not visible in the Spanish version .

The cast we find Francisco Morán, then famous for his television work , Broderick Crawford, Cesar Romero, George Rigaud, Fernando Rey, Pilar Velázquez, Alida Valli and a long cast with Spanish technicians demonstrated to rise despite the circumstances that their means are very limited . The story is told by a minstrel (Frankie Avalon, singer fashion at the time) entering in the most significant moments of the epics of the count but sometimes falls as fanciful as the descent from Heaven of San Millan De la Cogolla and Santiago the Apostle to fight against the Saracens in Simancas throwing bolts of fire .

If the American version is more careful and even has better image quality , the Spanish have poor heeling causing in some sequences , night , just look around and also has a sharp and rough assembly. The most curious of the Spanish version is that Frankie Avalon lyrics are translated and sung in Castilian by the singer himself with a thick American accent , barely understands you. The movie is good, but did not succeed as the adventures of " El Cid" , much more spectacular . However it is a forgotten classic of Spanish cinema epic suffering unwarranted oblivion.

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