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I tartari (1961)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 20 June 1962 (USA)
Orson Welles is tartar leader Burundai, who takes the place of his brother Togrul, killed during the battle against the Slavs, as Viking chieftain Oleg refuses to join him. After the ... See full summary »

Directors:

Richard Thorpe, Ferdinando Baldi (uncredited)

Writers:

Domenico Salvati (story), Sabatino Ciuffini (story) | 10 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor Mature ... Oleg
Orson Welles ... Burundai
Liana Orfei ... Helga
Arnoldo Foà ... Ciu Lang
Luciano Marin Luciano Marin ... Eric
Bella Cortez ... Samia
Furio Meniconi Furio Meniconi ... Sigrun
Pietro Ceccarelli Pietro Ceccarelli
Renato Terra Renato Terra
Folco Lulli Folco Lulli ... Togrul
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Storyline

Orson Welles is tartar leader Burundai, who takes the place of his brother Togrul, killed during the battle against the Slavs, as Viking chieftain Oleg refuses to join him. After the kidnapping of Togrul's daughter by the Vikings, and Oleg's wife, by the Tartars, the two leaders have a fight... Written by Adalberto Fornario

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The Tartars Vs. The Vikings!


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | Yugoslavia

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tartars See more »

Filming Locations:

Titanus, Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Production Co:

Dubrava Film, Lux Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Orson Welles' conversations with Peter Bogdanovich, as recounted in the book "This is Orson Welles", Victor Mature had his sandals built up by three inches to make him look taller. See more »

Goofs

Vikings did not wear horned helmets. See more »

Quotes

Burundai: Did you plan to desert me, Ciu Lang, eh? Where were you bound for? Did you dream of bearing your lying reports of me to the court of the great Khan? Did you dare to think I would let you return to the east?
Ciu Lang: You cannot stop me, Burundai, unless you kill me.
Burundai: Why should I spare you, then? You give me no choice. I, who stand on the threshold of glory... What does your little life mean to me?
Ciu Lang: Less than nothing. It means no more to me. We have no choice in the matter of death. It comes for us all, ...
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Referenced in El buen amor (1963) See more »

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Oh The Tartars And The Vikings Should Be Friends
6 May 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Victor Mature and Orson Welles head a continental cast in I Tartari, a badly dubbed Italian film about the Vikings and the Tartars set somewhere in the steppes of Eastern Europe. Both of these American film icons had nothing better to do. Welles just needed the money for his own projects and Mature after the studio system was shutting down was putting his career into half speed as he concentrated on golf more than films.

Like the cowboys and the farmers in Oklahoma, the Tartars and Vikings just feud because its natural both being imperialist sorts. The Tartars are moving west and would eventually reach the Balkans. The Vikings expanded in every direction including voyages southward down river routes into what is now Byelorussia and the Ukraine.

The Tartars make an offer the Vikings under Mature can and do refuse. The Tartars want to have a military alliance and attack the native Slavs, but Mature who has married into the Slavs refuses and negotiations break down. The Tartar chief is killed and his daughter is carried off by the Vikings and Mature's brother has a yen for her and they get to kanoodling.

Orson Welles who is the brother of the slain chief takes over and his troops capture Mature's wife. He's willing to exchange Mature's wife for his niece, but not after a little forced kanoodling of his own, brought on as Welles and the wife are being entertained by some sexy oriental strip dancing and Orson's hormones get the better of him.

I won't go any farther in describing this disaster of an Italian spectacle film just to say it all ends rather badly for just about everyone in the film. There were spots in the film where Mature's English was dubbed and I can't see why other than Mature could not summon up enough conviction to give a passable interpretation of a performance. Given the material I can't blame him. Even Welles, professional that he is, looks positively bored even when getting ready to rape Mature's wife. Victor Mature would be off the screen for five years before appearing in Peter Sellers's After The Fox in a good natured satire of an actor very much like himself.

Vic and Orson really hit the bottom doing this one.


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