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I cento cavalieri (1964)

Don Fernando, the son of El Cid, rallies peasants and townspeople to overthrow Moorish occupiers in medieval Spain.



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Complete credited cast:
Don Fernando Herrera y Menendez
Sancha Ordoñez
Gastone Moschin ...
Frate Carmelo
Sheik abengalbon
Barbara Frey ...
Rafael Alonso ...
Don Jaime Badaloz
Hans Nielsen ...
Alfonso Ordoñez, alcalde
Manuel Gallardo ...
Salvatore Furnari ...
Il capo dei predatori
Giorgio Ubaldi
Enrico Ribulsi ...
Conte di Castiglia
Mario Feliciani ...
Ambassador of the sheik
Don Gonzalo Herrera y Menendez


Don Fernando, the son of El Cid, rallies peasants and townspeople to overthrow Moorish occupiers in medieval Spain.

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His enemies only had to FIGHT the legend . . . he had to LIVE up to it!




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Release Date:

30 December 1964 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

100 Horsemen  »

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2.35 : 1
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Rough ride
14 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

A specialist of the sword and sandal genre -"La Rivolta Dei Gladatiori" "Messalina Venere Imperatrice" "Le Legioni Di Cleopatra" :some say the latter is better than Mankiewicz's ;they must be blind- Vittorio Cottafavi ,who was a very educated man,never really made a movie which really showed it.

Take "I Cento Cavalieri" which is supposed to take place in the Middle Ages circa 1000 AD and which looks like a spaghetti western ,even the music !If it weren't for the Saracen warriors ,all dressed in blue ,we could think we're near the Mexican border .There's another problem: half of the movie is tongue in cheek stuff -" if the thieves took it ,it's not yours anymore and we are stealing it from thieves"- and the other half is "serious" involving the "torture of the well" and hangings galore.

For once,the director had a true actress,Antonella Lualdi ,who has worked in France with great directors (Autant-Lara ,Chabrol) instead of his usual starlets.But her part is so clichéd she can't do anything of it.

The director's ambitions show ,now and then:

"We hide the maimed,the legless cripples ,for fear they may frighten our young soldiers!"

Later on ,there's a long discussion about war and the ways to put an end to it: all this because of a ridiculous armor!

A Muslim on the steeple of the village church ,calling his faithful to prayer!

And the catholic priests cheering their soldiers ,as if they were watching a football game!

All this plus the beginning and the ending ,an artist painting a fresco, makes the movie watchable,but not particularly memorable.

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