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I coltelli del vendicatore
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Knives of the Avenger -- Aghen, a violent warrior, wants to usurp the role of King by marrying the King's wife, which leads to a violent showdown between Aghen and the King.

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January 1968 (USA) See more »
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One man's burning ambition for total vengeance
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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 
 
Writing credits
(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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Color (Technicolor)
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Canada:G (Quebec) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16 (nf) (cut)
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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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References Shane (1953)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
For Bava completists, 7 January 2015
Author: morganmpoet from Las Vegas

This is a good film, Bava & Cameron Mitchell both do good work imo, the soundtrack is excellent & there are a couple real gems in this film regarding Bava's visual strengths. One such scene shows the bad guy galloping off linearly away from the screen zig zagging through hills descending into a valley as the soundtrack thunders & his descent has a strange visual extrapolation to it that I'm still not sure how Bava achieved, you have to see it.

Another such scene is when Mitchell reveals his face from under his helmet with the burning village surrounding him, very impressive visuals! Again, the music & Bava's commanding sense of visual style come together for a moment of perfection.

This is really Shane redone as a Viking film & it's actually quite good. I recommend it however not to neophytes of Bava, there are other obviously more well known titles in his filmography that one should start with.

At some point every Bava fan should see this film. I need to see Eric the Conqueror, that one I still have not seen, I think Bava did 3 Viking themed films. BTW he was the special effects director for Steve Reeves original 'Hercules' film!

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