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The Tartars (1961)

I tartari (original title)
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 ... 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!


Certificate:

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Dubrava Film, Lux Film See more »
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Runtime:

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

It is very unlikely that Tartars and other inhabit people of former Russia called "Vikings" to Norsemen. Indigenous people called Northmen "Rus". 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 The Good Love (1963) See more »

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Grade B Western set in Central Asia.
12 May 2005 | by gohlsonSee all my reviews

This was one of those awful exotic spectaculars of the 1950's and early 1960's that tried to place a grade b western into an exotic place. In this case, Orson Welles and Victor Mature quarrel over control of the steppes of central Asia. The dialog is stilted, to be kind only because I can't think anything worse to say about it. The plot consisted on Orson Welles plotting(he was already getting fat)and Victor Mature running around showing his muscles. The movie combined the worse attributes of the two. Victor Mature was never noted for his ability to handle sophisticated dialog and Orson Welles was never noted as an action hero, except at the dinner table. The movie did feature some rather stunning blonde women with large mammary glands, but their parts were limited to lines like, "Yes, Great Khan." Even something that simple was often blown. After seeing this film it's hard to understand why they say Orson Welles was so great. This one certainly didn't do him any honor. I gave the movie a 1 only because they wouldn't let me give it a 0.


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