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Hercules of the Desert (1964)

La valle dell'eco tonante (original title)
A fabulous land of green pastures is protected from invasion by the mysterious Valley of the Thundering Echo. Queen Farida draws together the desert tribes to conquer the land, even though ... See full summary »

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Kirk Morris ...
Hélène Chanel ...
Farida
Alberto Farnese ...
Masura
Spela Rozin ...
Selina
Furio Meniconi ...
Manatha
Rosalba Neri ...
Ramhis
Geneviève Audry
Nando Tamberlani ...
Manata il saggio
Dante Posani ...
Tarash
Mara Carisi
Nadir Moretti ...
(as Nadir Baltimore)
Aldo Cecconi
Marco Pasquini
Luigi Scavran
Franco Pechini
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A fabulous land of green pastures is protected from invasion by the mysterious Valley of the Thundering Echo. Queen Farida draws together the desert tribes to conquer the land, even though a prophecy has promised the land to the Gameli tribe. The Gameli journey to the Silver Temple, where the High Priest summons the legendary Maciste from the mountain rock to defeat their enemies and guide them to their promised land. Written by Mike Eustace

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9 October 1964 (Italy)  »

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Italian censorship visa # 43693 delivered on 12-9-1964. See more »

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Hercules and the Valley Girls
27 April 2012 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The presence of Kirk Morris in a peplum could usually be a guaranteed sign of weirdness (Atlas against the Czar, Witch's Curse), and here is no exception.

A rather dull Maciste/Hercules-worshipping cult (who bear a worrying resemblance to the standard peplum portrayal of Christians) conjure up their hero in a ceremony involving lots of smoke and sparks, and before you know it he's throwing things around, hobnobbing with royalty, and rescuing the rather ordinary valley girls (as the French title calls them).

Helene Chanel does her standard turn as the evil Queen Masura with fabulous hair and a whip who is in cahoots with with duplicitous Alberto Farnese, while Spela Rozin is the drippy love interest, Nando Tamberlani is the high priest and Rosalba Neri is wasted as a hand maiden who is Farnese's bit on the side.

It's all pretty average stuff, not bad with Morris heavily tanned and looking buff, but with nothing to set it apart from the pack.


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