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Release Date:
15 February 1984 (USA) See more »
A pure action fantasy where good, strength and exotic beauty battle evil. See more »
Muscle-bound Ator and his mute Asian sidekick travel from the ends of the Earth to save his aged mentor from the evil mustachioed Zor. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Something you just have to love Cinecitta for... See more (63 total) »


  (in credits order)

Miles O'Keeffe ... Ator

Lisa Foster ... Mila
David Brandon ... Zor (as David Cain Haughton)
Charles Borromel ... Akronas
Kiro Wehara ... Thong (as Chen Wong)
Robert Black ... High Priest
Donald Hodson ... Village Elder
Stephan Soffer ... Ravani
Nello Pazzafini ... Wallon (as Ned Steinberg)
Osiride Pevarello ... Sandur (as Hershel Curtis)
Sandra Carle ... Old Woman
Nancy Hall ... 1st Maiden
Linette Ray ... 2nd Maiden
Robert Karshin ... 1st Youth
Andy Stradly ... 2nd Youth
Steve Rivers ... 3rd Youth
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Laura Gemser ... Indun
Salvatore Baccaro ... Primitive Man (uncredited)
Dakar ... Dakkar in Flashback (uncredited) (archive footage)
Edward Mannix ... Sander (voice) (uncredited)
Gregory Snegoff ... Ator (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe D'Amato  (as David Hills)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Joe D'Amato  (as David Hills)

Produced by
John Newman .... producer
Alex Susmann .... executive producer
Chris Trainor .... associate producer
Original Music by
Karl Michael Demer  (as Karl Demer)
Carlo Rustichelli 
Cinematography by
Joe D'Amato (director of photography) (as Federico Slonisco)
Film Editing by
David Framer 
Production Design by
Massimo Lentini 
Art Direction by
John Gregory 
Makeup Department
Pat Russel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Donatella Donati .... production manager (as Helen Handris)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julie Morrows .... second assistant director
Sam Stone .... assistant director
Art Department
Francis Correl .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Lewis E. Ciannelli .... adr director (as Lewis Cianelli)
Wiley Crosby .... production sound recordist
Suzanne D'Amico .... second assistant recordist
May Greenfeld .... sound editor
Robert W. Harris .... assistant recordist (as Bob Harris)
Laurie Kellin .... assistant sound editor
Frank Avila .... stunts
James Hadley .... stunt coordinator
Fred Peterson .... stunts
Paul Randors .... stunts
Marvin Simons .... stunts
Kevin Strung .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Burrel .... assistant camera
Joe Little .... chief electrician
Daniele Massaccesi .... camera operator (as Larry Hessel)
Ed McBride .... assistant camera
Henry Noxley .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim Dascovitz .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Shirley Kingston .... assistant editor
Mark Sofield .... apprentice editor
Transportation Department
Chuck Mills .... transportation captain
Other crew
Lewis E. Ciannelli .... adr director (as Lewis Cianelli)
Sharon Friendly .... production coordinator
Randy Gleason .... production assistant
Bob Liro .... production assistant (as Bob Libo)
Astrid Miller .... production assistant
Danan Grant Olsey .... production assistant (as Danah Grandsley)
Jean Salzer .... script supervisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ator 2 - L'invincibile Orion" - Italy (original title)
"Cave Dwellers" - USA (TV title)
"Day of the Sword Man" - Pakistan (English title) (poster title)
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USA:92 min
Sound Mix:
Norway:18 (video premiere) | Portugal:M/12 | Spain:T | UK:PG (cut) | USA:PG | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

According to director Joe D'Amato, the film was shot in two weeks, without a script. Miles O'Keeffe was contracted to star in a certain number of films for D'Amato, leaving very little time to write a script.See more »
Anachronisms: An extra wears sunglasses while looting and pillaging.See more »
Ator:Thong, the fish is ready!See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Something you just have to love Cinecitta for..., 20 February 2000
Author: Pucki ( from Berlin, Germany

I mean, you just have to love the Italian film industry. Someone came up with a post-doomsday action movie ("Road Warrior") and the Italians were busy for years doing one rip-off after another. Then some other one came up with a successful barbarian movie ("Conan") and the Italians were busy... eh, see above.

Besides countless other variations of the theme (one of my favorites is Umberto Lenzi's "The Barbarians" starring the Paul twins) the Ator series was created. And this, the second one, is probably the worst (or best, depending on your point of view).

Ator is called back into action by his old teacher, who has discovered some kind of nuclear power that, of course, has to be protected so it won't get into wrong hands. The old man sends his daughter to Ator, and after a few complications Ator, his sidekick Tong and the girl set back to the castle, which meanwhile has fallen to some evildoer (of course, an old "class mate" of Ator). Somewhere along the way the heroic trio forgets about the plot and eradicates some giant snake-worshipping cult for the fun of it (not before some virgins are sacrificed). Just in time before the madman finally loses his temper and kills the wise teacher our heroes remember their duties, invent hanggliding and grenades and save the day.

Included: terrible acting by all participants (especially O'Keeffe), incredibly hilarious "special effects" (you just have to adore the snake fight scene, which must be sort of a hommage to "Bride of the Monster"), badly staged fight scenes, numerous continuity errors (Ator flies two different hanggliders during the climatic battle, watch for it, just an example) and an overall non-understanding of the concept of history (cavemen, "civilized" barbarians, castle-builders, all thrown in one film).

If you're, like me, devoted to bad movies, this is the one of the series to see, you'll probably end up ROTFL. For the records: the Malta-filmed third part is actually quite watchable.

Considering Joe D'Amato's other efforts this is probably his most entertaining movie, as he certainly has failed to deliver watchable horror or erotic movies. But I strongly have the opinion that this was completely by accident.

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