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Marco the Magnificent (1965)

La fabuleuse aventure de Marco Polo (original title)
Young Marco Polo travels to China to help Kublai Khan fight against rebels, headed by his own son, with a new invention: gunpowder.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Old Man of the Mountain
The Woman with the Whip
Achmed Abdullah
Sheik Alla Hou, 'The Desert Wind'
Akerman, Marco's Tutor
Nicolo, Marco's Father
Folco Lulli ...
Spinello, Venetian Merchant
Guido Alberti ...
Lynne Sue Moon ...
Princess Gogatine (as Lee Sue Moon)
Guillaume de Tripoli, a Knight Templar
Jacques Monod ...
Nicolo de Vicenza, a Knight Templar
Mica Orlovic ...
Matteo, Marco's Uncle


Il giovane Marco Polo, dopo le raccomandazioni ed i saggi consigli dell'anziano Akerman, parte alla volta della Cina per aiutare Kublai Khan nella lotta contro i ribelli, capeggiati dal proprio figlio, con una nuova invenzione : la polvere da sparo. Written by rosebud6

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West is where he finds the Cave of Assassins...listens to the bell that drives men mad...feels the whip girl's lash. But East is where he defeats armies...conquers women...runs into moving belly dancers...and plays with inscrutable beauties that are hotter than gun powder! See more »


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1965 (Yugoslavia)  »

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Marco the Magnificent  »

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Although producer Raoul Levy spent a lot of money on assembling an all-star cast for this film (it was one of the most expensive French films ever), he did not take so much care in getting a workable screenplay. On arriving to film his scenes, Omar Sharif complained that he had virtually no part to play. Orson Welles, having already rewritten his own lines, obligingly wrote several scenes into the storyline for him. See more »


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visually very appealing but ultimately disappointing
2 August 2001 | by (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Cinematographer Armand Thirard (les Diaboliques, le Salaire de la peur) does a fabulous job with beautiful environmental shots, but unfortunately everything else in this movie is crap. This movie is terrible, but somehow visually reminiscent of Kwaidan (Kobayashi, 1964), which is one of the greatest fairy-tale films in the world, largely because of the sceneries and the lighting. 'Marco' could have been magnificent if there was another protagonist and another director. It is a pretentious and dumb movie with (2-minute performance) box-office attraction Orson Welles who wore a silly costume: don't bother to see it plz. Maybe nice for kids though as a supposed adventure movie. And to see Anthony Quinn in an unexpected role: I had to search the credits to find which part he played. I would be grateful if someone did a remake of these promising tales.

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