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Atlas Against the Czar (1964)

Maciste alla corte dello zar (original title)
The czar Nicolas sends a secret mission of experts to find a hidden treasure. But at the same time he prepares a group of mercenaries who should kill the members of the mission after their ... See full summary »


Tanio Boccia (as Amerigo Anton)


Mario Moroni (story), Mario Moroni (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Morris ... Maciste
Massimo Serato ... Czar Nicola Nicolajevic
Ombretta Colli Ombretta Colli ... Sonia
Gloria Milland Gloria Milland ... Nadia
Tom Felleghy Tom Felleghy ... Hakim (as Tom Felleghi)
Giulio Donnini Giulio Donnini ... Igor
Dada Gallotti Dada Gallotti ... Katia
Ugo Sasso Ugo Sasso ... Petrovic
Arnaldo Arnaldi Arnaldo Arnaldi ... Alessandro
Howard Ross Howard Ross ... Chief of the Raiders (as Renato Rossini)
Attilio Dottesio ... Chief of the Rebels
Luigi Scavran Luigi Scavran ... Boris
Consalvo Dell'Arti Consalvo Dell'Arti ... Ivanovich
Spartaco Battisti Spartaco Battisti
Giovanni Sabbatini Giovanni Sabbatini


The czar Nicolas sends a secret mission of experts to find a hidden treasure. But at the same time he prepares a group of mercenaries who should kill the members of the mission after their return. Written by Volker Boehm

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Release Date:

August 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atlas Against the Czar See more »

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Cineluxor See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 42328 delivered on 20-2-1964. See more »


Sonia: Take me with you, I beg you.
Maciste: It can't be, Sonia. My life is difficult. Full of perils. I love you but I can't ask you to make this sacrifice.
Sonia: It doesn't matter. I'd share anything with you.
Maciste: All right. Come on.
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Hercules meets Michael Strogoff
5 June 2002 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

As the "sword-and-sandal" genre inspired by Steve Reeves' "Hercules" began to run out of fresh material, outlandish variations began to appear. One of the most accomplished and amusing is this bizarre melange which has our bare-chested strongman, (referred to in the dubbed dialog as "Maciste"), revived in late-medieval Russia where he fights the tyranny of an evil czar. Just imagine -- Cossacks in fur hats and baggy pants fighting off a muscleman wearing nothing more than a leathery loincloth! Of course it's silly and easily scorned but it's done with a straight face and darn if it doesn't hold one's interest. The sets, by the way, look more Arabian Nights than Moscow and there's not much in the way of spectacle, but leading man Kirk Morris -- despite his unconvincingly "blond" hair -- has an impressive set of pecs. As is usual in these cases, he sweats and strains in glorious fashion as he passes a test of strength and courage involving two teams of horses which try to snap him like a wishbone.

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