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31 October 1963 (Italy) See more »
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Directed by
Leopoldo Savona 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mario Amendola  screenplay
Mario Amendola  story
Roberto Gianviti  writer
Gino Mangini  writer
Leopoldo Savona  writer

Original Music by
Francesco De Masi 
Cinematography by
Pier Ludovico Pavoni 
Film Editing by
Luciano Cavalieri 

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Also Known As:
"I diavoli di Spartivento" - Italy (original title)
"Weapons of War" - USA
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95 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A real hidden gem!, 29 April 2009
Author: Bryce David from Psychotronic land

I DIAVOLI DI SPARTIVENTO, or THE DEVILS OF SPARTIVENTO, is a real forgotten gem. Beautifully photographed, lush settings, great cast, inventive story and brilliant soundtrack. I saw it in Italian and even though I didn't understand all of the dialogue, i was able to follow the fun swashbuckling adventure with no problems. The direction is so assured that my lack of comprehension of the Italian language didn't bother me.

A dashing John Drew Barrymore stars as one of a trio of swashbuckling adventure seekers who roam the lush Italian countryside in search of brawling action, sword fights and beautiful women. The three men (brothers?) are all tall and leggy, wearing knee-high boots with opened laced shirts and visually, they make a unique looking bunch, like Adam Ant's long lost cousins.

The fun story is about the trio befriending a disciple of sorts of Leonardo da Vinci and how they use Da Vinci's inventions to battle the bad guys. This aspect gives the story a sorta sci-fi angle to it that's cool. Combine this with the light, comical tone of the direction, the memorable music (I dare you to listen to the main theme and not hum it afterwards) and the whole thing gels perfectly.

But what's really remarkable about this film is the cinematography and the look/production design. The image has a golden hue and the use of widescreen is eye filling. It's absolutely gorgeous to look at.

I highly recommend this swashbuckling adventure. It's a hidden gem.

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