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The Castilian (1963)

El valle de las espadas (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 6 September 1963 (USA)
The young leader of the Spanish kingdom of Castile tries to get the various warring kingdoms of Spain to unite and join forces against the invading Moors.

Director:

Javier Setó

Writers:

Anonymous (poem), Paulino Rodrigo (story) (as Paulino Rodrigo Díaz) | 9 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Espartaco Santoni Espartaco Santoni ... Fernán González
Frankie Avalon ... Jerifán
Cesar Romero ... Jerónimo (as César Romero)
Tere Velázquez ... Sancha
Tomás Blanco ... Don Nuño
Rafael Durán ... Gonzalo Díaz
Germán Cobos ... Abderramán
Alida Valli ... Reina Teresa
Fernando Rey ... Ramiro II, rey de León
Broderick Crawford ... Don Sancho
Julio Peña ... Iago
George Rigaud ... Millán (as Jorge Rigaud)
Ángel del Pozo ... Don García
Luis Induni ... Capitán
Beni Deus ... Íñigo (as Beny Deus)
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Storyline

The young leader of the Spanish kingdom of Castile tries to get the various warring kingdoms of Spain to unite and join forces against the invading Moors.

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TRUE...Actually Shot in the Medieval Locations Where the Actual Story Took Place!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Spain | USA

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

6 September 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Castilian See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)| Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Panacolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This Spanish co-production was one of a small group of films shot in the new short lived Panacolor process. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Annuity (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Canción de Fernán
Music by José Buenagú
Lyrics by Paulino Rodrigo (as P. Rodrigo Díaz) and Javier Setó
Performed by Frankie Avalon
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So bad it's fun
21 February 2001 | by JBRUimdbSee all my reviews

While it tells an ostensibly historical story about the rise of Castile as the predominant power on the Iberian peninsula, this period film is filled with stilted acting, raging anachronisms, poor dubbing, and ridiculous scenes. Someone without any knowledge of the history involved, might find it passable as a love story. Any knowledge of the history makes it worthwhile only as a farce.


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