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Il trionfo di Maciste (1961)

The evil Queen Tenefi, who's usurped the throne of Memphis, demands that a steady supply of young women be sacrificed to the God of Fire inside the Mountain of Thunder. Maciste intervenes ... See full summary »

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(as Amerigo Anton)

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(story and screenplay), (story and screenplay) (as Nino Scolaro)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Cathia Caro ...
Antea
Ljubica Otasevic ...
Queen Tenefi (as Liuba Bodina)
Cesare Fantoni ...
Agadon
Giulio Donnini ...
Omnes, the Merchant
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Arsinoe
Bruno Tocci ...
Santos, Iram's Bodyguard
Salvatore Lago
Piero Leri ...
Prince Iram
Lucia Randi ...
Rais (as Lucy Randi)
Alfredo Salvatori ...
Tabor (as Alfredo Salvadori)
Calisto Calisti ...
Father of Rais and Tabor
Cesare Lancia
Romano Ghini
Wilbert Bradley ...
Dancer with Firebrands
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The evil Queen Tenefi, who's usurped the throne of Memphis, demands that a steady supply of young women be sacrificed to the God of Fire inside the Mountain of Thunder. Maciste intervenes and saves from this sacrifice a village's women including the beautiful Antea. Maciste then becomes involved in an effort to restore to the throne of Memphis its rightful ruler, Prince Iram. To accomplish this task Maciste travels to Memphis but is betrayed by the silk merchant, Omnes. The Queen's soldiers capture Maciste and he's forced to undergo a Trial of Strength in which two teams of horses try to pull him apart. Impressed by his beauty and strength, the Queen calls an end to the Trial and then touches Maciste with her magic scepter which erases his memories and places him under her power. A female oracle then gives Antea a dart which, when fired into Maciste, will restore him to his senses. Antea sneaks into the Queen's palace, successfully uses the dart, but falls into the hands of the Queen ... Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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2 October 1961 (Italy)  »

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Triumph of Maciste  »

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2.35 : 1
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Film debut of Kirk Morris (real name Adriano Bellini). See more »

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Queen Tenefi: Simply putting a warrior like Maciste to death is by no means the proper solution. He will have to suffer first.
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Unoriginal but not bad peplum
5 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

This movie trots out all the usual peplum clichés, but gives some of them a little spin. The good girl, for once, is a brunette, which makes her confusingly resemble the evil queen who bewitches Maciste, making him her love slave, in a plot twist stolen from HERCULES UNCHAINED. In the typical test of strength, the hero here has to survive with a team of horses chained to each arm -- this scene occurs in a number of pepla, but here they add the touch of having sharp scythes attached to the chariots, threatening to decapitate proisoners buried up to their necks in the ground ... a little extra creative sadism, lol.

Kirk Morris is, as always, a beautiful physical specimen, with the face of a Botticelli angel.

I've only viewed this film in the awful, fuzzy, color-faded print in the WARRIORS DVD pack.

Can someone explain one thing to me? This is billed as Morris's first peplum, yet it contains a long underground sequence lifted from THE WITCH'S CURSE, released the following year. Was WITCH made first and released later? Or was the WITCH footage added to this one some time after its release, maybe to pad its length?


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