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25 January 1964 (Italy) See more »
Brave and noble Samson fights pirates as a soldier in the royal army. He wants to marry lovely fair maiden Rosita... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Top-notch swashbuckler, with some great moments. See more (3 total) »


  (in credits order)
Sergio Ciani ... Samson (as Alan Steel)
Rosalba Neri ... Rosita
Piero Lulli ... Rodrigo Sanchez
Andrea Aureli ... Il corsaro nero
Enzo Maggio (as Vincenzo Maggio)

Elisa Mainardi ... Carmelita
Simonetta Simeoni
Nello Pazzafini ... Aiutante del corsaro nero
Margherita Bossi (as Margherita Nicosia)
Cinzia Bruno ... Alma
Nerio Bernardi ... Governatore di Hermosa
Anna Arena
Ignazio Balsamo
Giulio Battiferri
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gilberto Galimberti ... Pirata

Directed by
Luigi Capuano 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arpad DeRiso 
Piero Pierotti 

Produced by
Fortunato Misiano .... producer
Original Music by
Angelo Francesco Lavagnino 
Cinematography by
Augusto Tiezzi 
Film Editing by
Jolanda Benvenuti 
Production Design by
Pier Vittorio Marchi 
Costume Design by
Walter Patriarca 
Sound Department
Leopoldo Rosi .... sound

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Also Known As:
"Sansone contro il corsaro nero" - Italy (original title)
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93 min | France:85 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Italian censorship visa #~42111 delivered on 16-1-1964.See more »


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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Top-notch swashbuckler, with some great moments., 12 December 2003
Author: copycat1025 from U.S.A.

This happens to be one of my favorite entries in the muscleman genre of films produced in Italy between 1958-1965. This film, along with Piero Pierotti's "Golia e il Cavaliere Mascherato" was one of the takeoffs banking on the success of Umberto Lenzi's "Zorro contro Maciste." This little sub-genre, which grafts the swashbuckling film onto the traditional peplum, had an enormous success, and sparked new life into a dying genre. This film bears all the hallmarks of Fortunato Misiano's productions, and bears the usual style and good story-telling of director Luigi Capuano. Capuano directed the best adventure films, and this one is no exception. It also shows faint signs of the cultural transition then happening between the continents. Nerio Bernardi plays the staunch traditionist, who berates Alan Steel for his humble origins, but later concedes that "nobility is revealed by actions, not by birth." Piero Lulli plays the conniving courtier, who colludes with Andrea Aureli (the Black Pirate) to get Bernardi killed so he can get his hands on the lovely daughter (played by Rosalba Neri). A wonderful film that bears up well after many years, this has its ample scenes of swordplay, suspense, and genuine humor.

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