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Knives of the Avenger (1966)
"I coltelli del vendicatore" (original title)

 -  Adventure  -  January 1968 (USA)
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A mysterious knife-throwing viking warrior protects a young peasant woman and her young son from the clutches of a evil regent bent on claiming the title of king and the woman for himself.

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Rurik / Helmut
Fausto Tozzi ...
Hagen (as Frank Ross)
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart ...
King Arald (as Jack Stuart)
Luciano Pollentin ...
Moki (as Louis Polletin)
Amedeo Trilli ...
Viking King (as Michael Moore)
Renato Terra ...
Hagen's henchman
Sergio Cortona ...
Hagen's henchman
Elissa Pichelli ...
Karin (as Lisa Wagner)
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After the apparent death of her husband King Arald, a viking peasant woman, named Karin, takes her son Moki into hiding from Aghen, King Arald's enemy. But a mysterous stranger, named Rurik, begins acting as Karin's guardian, which evetually leads to a brutal showdown between Rurik and Aghen. Written by Anonymous

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Director Mario Bava was brought in to salvage the troubled production after the original director was fired. Bava wound up scrapping most of the footage that had already been shot, threw out the old script, and rewrote and reshot virtually the entire film in six days. See more »

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Lesser Bava movie - for die-hard fans
20 August 2001 | by (www.cultmovies.info) – See all my reviews

Rating: ** (max. ****)

Poorly paced Viking epic about Mitchell, who comes to protect the wife of a dead king from an usurper, unaware that she has reason to exact vengeance on him. Storyline is unusually complex but going-ons seem stretched out unnecessarily. Some consider this a western - well, if it wasn't for that setting they may be right. Score, photography, acting is quite nice, but, to reiterate, sluggish story-telling diminishes the effect. For Bava completists. Stick with OPERAZIONE PAURA, LISA E IL DIAVOLO, CANI ARRABBIATI or CINQUE BAMBOLE...

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In the liner notes, Bava historian Tim Lucas considers this film "the genre's last hurrah" and sees it as a "distinct forerunner of the sword and sorcery genre". A "hurrah" it ain't, and Schwarzenegger's CONAN was inspired by HERCULES (Bava was involved!). For more Bava reviews, please visit my homepage.


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