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Ursus in the Land of Fire (1963)

Ursus nella terra di fuoco (original title)
Hamilan, a cruel and ambitious general, murders his king and places himself on the throne with the former king's evil niece as his queen. He then wages war against his peaceful neighbors, ... See full summary »

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Luciana Gilli ...
Princess Diana
Adriano Micantoni ...
Hamilkar
Claudia Mori ...
Mila
Nando Tamberlani ...
Lotar
Giuseppe Addobbati ...
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Pietro Ceccarelli ...
Lero
Diego Pozzetto
Giulio Mauroni
Nino Fuscagni ...
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Hamilan, a cruel and ambitious general, murders his king and places himself on the throne with the former king's evil niece as his queen. He then wages war against his peaceful neighbors, killing their women and enslaving their men. A hero named Ursus appears at a tournament to challenge Hamilan's authority. Though victorious at the tournament, Ursus is arrested and forced to turn a grist-mill under an overseer's lash. Meanwhile, the former king's virtuous daughter, Diana, is tormented by her evil cousin, the new queen. Sentenced to a slow and tortuous execution, Ursus breaks free and a revolt breaks out. Ursus throws Hamilan to his death in a fiery pit and then Ursus and Diana enjoy the cheers of a grateful populace. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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31 October 1963 (Italy)  »

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The Son of Hercules in the Land of Fire  »

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Italian censorship vis #41587 issued Ocrober 31, 1963. See more »

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Hamilkar: You will witness our wedding and there won't be anything you can do to prevent it.
Ursus: That's what you think, you butcher!
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URSUS IN THE LAND OF FIRE (Giorgio Simonelli, 1963) **
17 April 2009 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is yet another peplum with the muscle-bound Ursus for protagonist; of the four I watched during this epic movie marathon, it is perhaps the least – but, by this point, the over-familiarity of the plots (and set-pieces: once again, the hero is made to perform a show of strength involving large animals) had begun to make itself felt! So, we get a usurper to the throne abetted by an ambitious woman (Claudia Mori, future wife of celebrated Italian personality Adriano Celentano) and a deposed princess whom the villain secretly covets; Ursus, too, is once again protector of the peaceful farming community living in the shadow of a mountain housing a volcano (worshipped as a god and guarded by a group of elderly priests). The villain finds both other units in his way and has them decimated – but Ursus, with the help of the princess (both of whom had been led to distrust one another until saner minds prevailed), determines to right the many wrongs committed. As with most examples of its low-brow ilk, the film cannot fail to provide intermittent (albeit unintentional) hilarity: the oddest case involves the hero cowering from a string of arrows (fired by the enemy on horseback) which never come!; a woman engaged in casual conversation with Ursus' aged(!) sidekick suddenly drops dead, the first victim of an assault on the village; and, when Ursus and the old man are captured and tied to the obligatory grind-stone, it is the latter who is mercilessly whipped in an effort to coax the hero into submission! In the end, the only noteworthy touches here are atypical ones – a jousting tournament(!) in which Ursus fights (and wins) incognito a' la Robin Hood or GLADIATOR (2000) and the various entrances in the form of weird faces within the volcanic cave itself.


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