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King of Africa (1968)

Caccia ai violenti (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Adventure, Thriller | 28 June 1969 (USA)
A British colonial policeman in Africa, circa 1900, pursues a band of escaped killers across territory so wild, it lies just "one step to hell."


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. King Edwards
Ann Peterson (as Anna Maria Pierangeli)
Dr. Hamilton
Captain Walter Phillips
Dale Cummings ...
Anders (as Jorge Rigaud)
Charles Fawcett
Kirby (as Alan Collins)
Pamela Tudor
Miguel del Castillo ...
Tachard (as Michael Castilla)
Fred Coplan
Martha Villardi


A British colonial policeman in Africa, circa 1900, pursues a band of escaped killers across territory so wild, it lies just "one step to hell."

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Hide and seek and kill in the jungles of Africa!


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28 June 1969 (USA)  »

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King of Africa  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)


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Spanish/Italian/US co-production set in Africa and with Ty Hardin as a brave policeman chasing a gang of escaped convicts
7 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Circa 1900 , a British colonial policeman Lt. King Edwards (Ty Hardin) in Africa is assigned by his superior officer , Captain Walter Phillips (George Sanders) to pursue a band of escaped killers (Julio Peña , Jorge Rigaud and Allan Collins or Luciano Pigozzi , nicknamed the Italian Peter Lorre) through the lush jungle and to rescue gold-miner's widow (Helga Liné) from the nasty convicts . He chases the murderers across territory so wild , it lies just "one step to hell" . Along the way he is captured by slave traffickers , and besieged by attackers and gunslingers .

Gorgeous African scenery helps save an otherwise average movie . This exciting African adventure contains a story full of pursuits , action , thrills , violent fights , mediocre dramatic pace and ordinary direction . Passable but so-so adventure , a thrilling flick with beautiful outdoors and breathtaking confrontation among the tough protagonist , Ty Hardin , against heinous murderers and other underlings . Well-staged action sequences with rousing crossfire and spectacularly bloody fights and brawls . Here appears usual stock-shots , including customary African animals : Hippo, Rhinoceros , Zebras , Cheetah , giraffe , gnu , Crocs . Charismatic performance for the whole casting . Ty Hardin is acceptable in his usual two-fisted role , killing relentlessly enemies and showing his breast and slimness when he baths and swims in a lake surrounded by crocodiles . Ty Hardin may be a name best remembered by Spaghetti Western aficionados, but in his day, from the mid-'60s to the early '70s, Hardin was one of the most popular actors of the television . Ty began working in films as a secondary . From there, he began acting in TV shows , later moving onto the Western genre , where he found his niche . Unlike fellow Spaghetti star Clint Eastwood, however , Hardin never became a top international box-office attraction . Ty then moved west to California and won some minor roles in B movies . Soon, Ty had his own show, ¨Bronco¨ (1958), which ran from 1958 to 1962 . From here, he moved into a brief flurry of film activity : Merrill's marauders (1962) , PT 109 (1963) , Wall of Noise (1963), and Battle of the Bugle (1965) . After this, Ty's career drifted off into a series of forgettable movies made in Europe and , later, he worked in Prescott, Arizona , as an evangelistic preacher . Though often dismissed as just a hunk of "beefcake" and full of juvenile slenderness ; however , he had a decent career . Support cast is frankly good , though really wasted , while George Sanders , Pier Angeli and Rossano Brazzi have not much more than walk-on characters , leaving the Spaniard secondary actors to play most of the donkey work , such as : Julio Peña , Jorge Rigaud , Miguel Del Castillo , Fernando Villena ,and Antonio Mayans , Jesús Franco's regular . Besides , appearing some Italian support players in brief performances , such as Aldo Bufi Landi , Luciano Pigozzi , Dale Cummings and Pamela Tudor .

In addition , it packs a colorful as well as evocative cinematography by Julio Ortas , being shot in Pretoria and Spain : Seseña , Colmenar Viejo , La Pedriza , Manzanares Del Real , Madrid . It contains an atmospheric musical score by Gianni Marchetti . The motion picture was regularly directed by Sandy Howard and Giovanni Scolaro . Scolaro was an ordinary screen-writer who wrote a lot of Spaghetti Western and Peplum . While Sandy was a powerful producer who financed all kinds of genres such as Westerns : ¨Man in the wilderness¨ , ¨A man called Horse , ¨Retun and triumph a man called Horse¨ , Adventure : : ¨Savage harvest¨, ¨Neptuno factor¨, Thriller : ¨City of fear¨, ¨Stoney¨, ¨Deadly Force¨, ¨Angel I and II¨, ¨Sky riders¨ , Fantasy and Sci-Fi : ¨Embryo¨, ¨The island of Dr Moreau¨, ¨Meteror¨ , ¨The Devil's rain¨ . He only made 3 films : ¨Diary of a bachelor¨ , ¨Gammera , the invincible¨ and this one .

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