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Valley of the Lions (1961)

Ursus nella valle dei leoni (original title)
The evil dictator Ajak sends his armies to attack a neighboring kingdom, and during the battle, the besieged King Annurius orders one of his subjects to take his son Ursus to a place of ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed Fury ... Ursus
Moira Orfei ... Diar
Alberto Lupo Alberto Lupo ... Ayak
Giacomo Furia Giacomo Furia ... Simud
María Luisa Merlo ... (as Mary Marlon)
Michele Malaspina Michele Malaspina
Mariangela Giordano ... Annia
Gérard Herter ... Lothar
Orlando Orfei Orlando Orfei
Elena Forte Elena Forte
Andrea Scotti Andrea Scotti
Gianni Solaro Gianni Solaro
Nino Fuscagni Nino Fuscagni ... (as Serafino Fuscagni)
Aldo Barberito Aldo Barberito
Giancarlo Maestri Giancarlo Maestri
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The evil dictator Ajak sends his armies to attack a neighboring kingdom, and during the battle, the besieged King Annurius orders one of his subjects to take his son Ursus to a place of safety outside of the city, after first putting a royal medallion around the baby's neck. Ajak kills the king and usurps his throne, but the infant prince is smuggled out of the city to safety. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

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1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Valley of the Lions See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At least some prints of the U.S. version, under the title "Valley of the Lions," are in black and white. See more »

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Attea: I prefer to die rather than remain a slave.
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Ed Fury Scores High As Ursus
2 September 2011 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

I can't help it. I can't.

In spite of all of its many flaws and inadequacies, I quite enjoyed Ursus In The Valley Of The Lions (UITVOL). Of course, muscle-man Ed Fury, as Ursus, was this film's main attraction. Without Fury UITVOL (with its inferior "everything") wouldn't have amounted to very much as worthwhile entertainment.

UITVOL's story has a lot more in common with that of Tarzan rather than it does with Hercules.

Though he doesn't know it (until much later), Ursus is of noble blood. As a wee baby both his parents (the King and Queen of Atlea) were savagely murdered when evil King Simud ordered his ruthless army to conquer their tiny kingdom.

Shortly after this tragedy occurs Ursus is taken under the care of a pride of lions, who, instead of eating him up for a snack, raise him to adulthood as though he were one of their own.

Years later, now fully-grown, the brutally handsome and powerfully strong, (prince) Ursus soon ventures out to discover the great, big world beyond his home of the lion pride.

At this point evil King Simud plots to eliminate our hero Ursus, thus preventing him from reclaiming his royal birthright.

Released in 1961 - UITVOL, featuring a mighty impressive Ed Fury, is a fairly entertaining "Sword And Sandal" Epic-Adventure. But, with that all said, I sure am curious to know which one of those absolutely darling lions it was who cut Ursus' hair, regularly shaved him, taught him to speak perfect English and picked out his footwear for him.


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