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Samson (1961)
"Sansone" (original title)

 |  Fantasy, Adventure  |  1963 (USA)
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While traveling through the kingdom of Sulom, Samson is arrested and finds that the queen no longer reigns and that a power-mad warlord and his army of mercenaries now controls the kingdom.... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Brad Harris ...
Sergio Ciani ...
Macigno aka Hercules (as Alan Steel)
Mara Berni ...
Luisella Boni ...
Janine (as Brigitte Corey)
Carlo Tamberlani ...
Irena Prosen ...
Franco Gasparri ...
Mila's Son
Manja Golec
Romano Ghini
Niksa Stefanini ...
(as Nicola Stefanini)


While traveling through the kingdom of Sulom, Samson is arrested and finds that the queen no longer reigns and that a power-mad warlord and his army of mercenaries now controls the kingdom. Samson teams up with some of his one-time adversaries to battle the usurper and restore the rightful queen to power. Written by

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A pec above the average peplum
5 June 2006 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

This doesn't begin with much promise: an extended hand-to-hand fight, complete with inane, dubbed-in dialog, between Brad Harris as Samson and Alan Steel as "Millstone." But things quickly improve, even if the plot is the old rightful ruler ("Mila") overthrown by wicked usurper ("Romilda") who doesn't turn out to be so bad because she's being manipulated by the really wicked power-behind-the-throne, "Warkalla," played by -- who else? -- Serge Gainsbough. Samson comes to the rescue and sets things straight through the usual displays of physical prowess, fighting ability, tests of strength, etc. The story-line evolves in, for this sort of thing, a clear and logical manner, even if the second half does tend to wear a bit. The dreaded comic relief, in the form of a short, rotund chap called something like "Terrabenthus," can largely be ignored. Production values, though modest, are perfectly adequate and we're spared the bargain-basement attempts to duplicate earthquakes, volcanoes, and mythological creatures.

Brad Harris, one of the better Steve Reeves wanna-be's, makes for a dependable though not very charismatic hero. As for the beefcake quotient, he wears throughout the movie one of those outfits where the strap goes over the left shoulder so that while his right nipple is constantly in view, his left nipple and navel are never seen. He's involved in several fights, one involving a chariot and one -- while blindfolded -- carried out on an overhead beam, wins a tug-of-war against a dozen or so opponents, pushes back a wall studded with blades, and -- in a bow to the Biblical Samson -- pushes over the support column for a large building. Still, while sufficiently entertaining, none of these scenes are particularly memorable.

Alan Steel, who graduated to top billing in later sword-and-sandals, makes a stalwart ally to Hercules and, yes, you get to see both of his nipples. The cast list gives his character's name as "Macigno" but in the English-dubbed prints he's referred to as "Millstone." Fans of sword-and-sandal movies should not miss this worthy entry in the genre.

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