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Samson and the 7 Miracles of the World (1961)

Maciste alla corte del Gran Khan (original title)
Sam must rescue a beautiful Chinese princess from a marauding horde of warriors.

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Princess Lei-ling
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Dante DiPaolo ...
Bayan
Gabriele Antonini ...
Cho
Leonardo Severini ...
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Franco Ressel ...
Ely Yeh ...
Emperor Wung
Ham-Chau Luong ...
Buddhist High Priest (as Luong-Ham Chan)
Chu Lai Chit ...
Sergio Ukmar
Tonino Cianci ...
(as Antonio Cianci)
Giacomo Tchang ...
Old chinese priest
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Sam must rescue a beautiful Chinese princess from a marauding horde of warriors.

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Italian censorship visa # 35995 delivered on 25-10-1961. See more »

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When the new execution device is being demonstrated, Maciste makes his way through a crowd of Chinese people. Although he is much larger than anyone else, and is almost naked, nobody seems to notice him. See more »

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English Language Narrator: In the 13th century, Garak, ruthless master of the Mongols, descended upon Asia. His savage warrior bands were composed of many tribes and were unity only by their desire for conquest and the will of Garak. They spilled into Panyu and plunged once mighty China into the darkness of slavery and misery. The is the story of the man who rose up against Garak and the Mongols; the young giant who was to strike terror into the hearts of the invaders. He assumed the name of Samson to match ...
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Impressive and colorful oriental adventure with a bouncing Gordon Scott helping a princess in distress
7 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

Maciste or Samson in the court of the Great Khan is an amusing and entertaining muscle-men movie . This time our hero , the mightiest of them all , known as Maciste renamed Samson for Americans is in the 13th century battling a nasty emperor and Mongol warlords . The emperor of China besieged by the Tartars asks for help the chief of Mongols , but this one rules over the empire . The Mongol (Dante DiPaolo) supported by a wicked woman (Helene Chanel) and a hoodlum (Franco Ressel) kill the emperor and take care the sons . One time grown , the Mongol orders to close the daughter (Yoko Tani) in a convent and kill the son but he's saved by Samson (Gordon Scott) from a tiger . He very Earth itself shakes when our hero goes into battle . Meanwhile , Sanson or Maciste or Hercules helped by a rebel (Gabrielle Antonini) and the high priest (Valery Inkjinoff) must rescue a beautiful Chinese princess from a marauding horde of warriors .

¨Samson and the 7 miracles of the world¨ also titled ¨Goliath and the golden country¨ is an enjoyable sword and sandals movie with historical backstage , action , thrills , love , battles and spectacular scenarios. Being one of the best vehicles of its kind Italy ever produced . However , it contains a silly final in which Samson absurdly eliminates enemies by means a shaking . With the massive exterior sets, lavish interior sets and a multitude of Asian extras left over from ¨Marco Polo¨ by Piero Pirotti and Hugo Fregoneses , was realized this ¨ Maciste alla Corte del Gran Khan¨ , a good fashion sword-and-sandal/mythological Muscleman epic , placing hero Maciste in a Chinese setting . Genre specialist Riccardo Freda was brought in to direct, Gordon Scott was cast as Maciste (renamed "Samson" for the U.S. version) and Yoko Tani was kept on as the female lead . It became regarded as one of the better films of that genre . Gordon Scott is top-notch, as the historic hero who finds many dangerous situations while attempting save China and confronting several risks against the Great Khan . Strong and robust Gordon Scott was a magnificent muscle-man . He was one along with Ed Fury, Brad Harris, Kirk Morris, Reg Park, Mark Forest, among others, whom to seek fortune acting absurdly muscle mythological figures, but anybody topped Steve Reeves and Gordon Scott in popularity . He played other epic characters : ¨Coroliano hero without country¨ , ¨Gladiator of Rome¨ , ¨Hero of Rome¨ , ¨Hercules and Princess of Troy¨ , ¨Conquest of Micene¨ , though also made some Spaghetti as ¨The tramplers¨ and ¨Buffalo Bill ¨, Spy-genre as ¨Secretissimo¨and ¨Death ray¨ and of course his famous Tarzan movies as ¨Tarzan and the trappers ¨ .

Evocative and glimmer cinematography bu Pallotini . Stirring and imaginative musical score by Carlo Inocennci and in US version composed by Lex Baxter . The motion picture finely written by an usual Spaghetti Western , Duccio Tessari , is well directed by Riccardo Freda who used a number of aliases during his career, including Robert Hampton or George Lincoln and as screenwriter Riccardo Freda . Freda along with Vittorio Cottafavi continued to realize films in the historical-spectacular style , at which he developed a considerable skill and mastery . From the mid-50s Freda's liking make for atmospheric and colorful scenes of shock began to itself apparent , especially in such musclemen epics as ¨Teodora¨ , ¨Spartacus¨ , ¨Giants of Thessaly¨ , ¨The seventh sword¨ , ¨Maciste all's inferno ¨, the latter a gripping/horror Peplum and of course ¨Maciste in the court of the Great Khan¨, one of his best films . In the early 60s , he was a pioneer in Italy of horror-fantasy films frightening audiences the world over , especially with ¨I Vampiri¨ and ¨L'Orrible Segreto del Dottor Hitchcock¨ as he combined with that wide-staring of actress , the British-born Barbara Steele . He also made adventures as ¨Black Eagle¨ , ¨The son of Black Eagle¨ , ¨White devil¨ , ¨Son of D'Artagnan¨ , and uncredited ¨Daughter of D'Artagnan¨ ¨. From there he went to melodrama and spy films as ¨¨Mexican Slayride¨and ¨Coplan FX18¨ and even made some western as ¨No killing without dollars¨ with Mark Damon and signed under pseudonym as George Lincoln . Strong on visual style, Freda's movies had popular appeal , and were usually commercial hits . Several were French/Spanish/Italian or other European co-productions . He has been called a filmmaker "who brings some style to exploitation pictures", and has something of a cult following . Rating : 6 , acceptable and passable sword and sandals movie .


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