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I coltelli del vendicatore
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January 1968 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Cameron Mitchell ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bruno Arié ... Hut Intruder (uncredited)
Osiride Pevarello ... Hagen Henchman (uncredited)
Goffredo Unger ... Hagen's Henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Mario Bava 
 
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(in alphabetical order)
Mario Bava  (as John Hold)
Alberto Liberati 
Giorgio Simonelli 

Original Music by
Marcello Giombini 
 
Cinematography by
Antonio Rinaldi 
Mario Bava (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Otello Colangeli  (as Othello)
 
Production Design by
Alberto Tavazzi 
 
Art Direction by
Piero Filippone  (as Peter Felt)
 
Set Decoration by
Alberto Tavazzi 
 
Costume Design by
Giorgio Desideri 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Giandalia .... assistant director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Giorgio Aureli .... assistant camera
Saverio Diamante .... camera operator
 

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Also Known As:
"I coltelli del vendicatore" - Italy (original title)
"Viking Massacre" - , Canada (English title) (video title)
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85 min
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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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4 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Lesser Bava movie - for die-hard fans, 20 August 2001
Author: Ron Altman from www.cultmovies.info

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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