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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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Details

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

Orson Wells plays a role as tartar leader. He also played a similar role eleven years before, in The Black Rose (1950). 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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Orson Welles would act in anything to make his own films

Welles always seemed to need money to make his own movies. He'd take on a role (even if it was just lending his voice) no matter how good or bad the movie was just for the paycheck, saving up until he had enough money to make his next visionary film that was far removed from the normal type that audiences were used to.

You can tell by his acting that he really didn't care about the role--but it was the money that mattered to him--and where the money was--no matter what country he had to go to to get it, he'd take the role--even if it was a piece of crock--and this film sure is! But 1961's THE TARTARS helped finance Welles' next movie (Despite, as usual, his having to film it in another country plus having problems getting a US distributor) the following year--1962's Kafka's THE TRIAL.

As usual, Welles' small indie film made little money and he barely broke even--but he was already planning Shakespeare's CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT and going through the process once more in acting in any role given to him to get those paychecks in his savings account.


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