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The Three Avengers (1964)

Gli invincibili tre (original title)
Ursus and his sword-wielding companions run head-on against a usurper of a throne,


Lionello De Felice (story), Lionello De Felice (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Sergio Ciani ... Ursus (as Alan Steel)
Mimmo Palmara ... False Ursus
Rosalba Neri ... Demora
Carlo Tamberlani Carlo Tamberlani ... King Igos
Gianni Rizzo Gianni Rizzo ... Teomoco
Vassili Karis Vassili Karis ... Prince Dario (as Vassili Karamesinis)
Nello Pazzafini ... Samur
Enzo Maggio Enzo Maggio ... Manina (as Tony Maggio)
Arnaldo Dell'Acqua Arnaldo Dell'Acqua ... Pico (as Arnaldo dell'Acqua)
Giuseppe Mattei Giuseppe Mattei ... Rakis (as Pino Mattei)
Orchidea de Santis Orchidea de Santis ... Blonde Girl
Lisa Gastoni ... Alina
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
René Arrieu René Arrieu ... (voice)
Albert Augier Albert Augier ... (voice)
Jacques Berthier Jacques Berthier ... (voice)


Ursus and his sword-wielding companions run head-on against a usurper of a throne,

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Italy | Tunisia



Release Date:

26 November 1964 (Italy) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 44183 delivered on 21-11-1964. See more »

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Standard Peplum by Gianfranco Parolini or ¨Frank Kramer¨ , plenty of combats , sword-play , thrills , and humor
28 June 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Acceptable and middle-budgeted Peplum or ¨swords and sandals¨ movie with the corpulent Alan Steel, or Sergio Ciani , it stars a B-big name cast as Lisa Gastoni, Mimmo Palmara , Rosalba Neri , Vassili Karis , among others . As the mighty Ursus (Alan Steel) to free an enslaved group of people from an oppressive , evil ruler and surely all who stand in his way . As Ursus to keep wits and strength about him when he is blinded by a potion of an astute magician (Gianni Rizzo) . In this rarely seen muscle epic , Ursus along with his pals , a young acrobat named Pico (Arnaldo Dell'Acqua , brother of secondaries : Roberto Dell'Acqua, Alberto Dell'Acqua and Ottaviano Dell'Acqua) and a sympathetic mute called Manina (Enzo Maggio who holds the comical relief) all take part in a battle royal . This time the hero known as Ursus (renamed Samson for Americans) survives and runs head-on into the forces of a cruel tyrant (Mimmo Palmara) who has thrown-out a King (Carlo Tamberlani) and ruled over a city called Atra , in Tunisia region , helping prince Dario (Vassili Karis) , who falls in love for an enemy princess (Rosalba Neri), to retrieve his throne . All the usual comes into play as the bad guys are eventually subdued . As Ursus survives long enough to battle a villainous in an exotic oriental country .

This exciting Peplum contains emotion , noisy action sequences incorporating circus acrobatics , spectacular battles with lots of sword-wielding warriors , court intrigue and many other things . There's a bit more intentional humor with tongue-firmly-in-cheek than usual in this Peplum opus . It stars Sergio Ciani , a hunk man who made lots of roman epic films , also called ¨Musclemen movies¨. Sergio's luck changed when an Italian producer persuaded him to play Peplums similarly to Steve Reeves , who really paved the way for others actors to seek their fame and fortune in Italy playing bouncing adventurers . Other stars by the time on this type of movies are the followings : Mark Forest , Gordon Mitchell , Dan Vadis , Reg Park , Brad Harris , Samson Burke , Richard Harrison , Rock Stevens and Kirk Morris . Nobody, nevertheless , topped Steve Reeves in popularity , though Gordon Scott made him a important competence . Alan Steel started off his beefcake run off as a body double for Reeves in both the "Hercules" sequel ¨Hercules Unchained¨ (1959) and in ¨Giant of Marathon¨ (1959) , in which he also had bit roles . Within a couple of years Steel was posing front-and-center as Herk himself and entering in the star-system based on pumped-up heroes playing ¨Sansone or Samson¨ (1961) , opposite another physique-minded American import , Brad Harris in the title role . On numerous occasions Steel was asked to play the legendary Greek hero , as well as the equally well-built demigods Samson and Ursus, even though the film titles often fused (or confused) them in their titles . Steel starred as ¨Hercules in Ercole Contro Roma or Hercules Against Rome¨ (1964) , ¨Hercules Against the Moon Men¨ (1964) , ¨Sansone Contro Il Corsaro Nero or Hercules and the Black Pirate¨ (1964) , and ¨Hercules and the Treasure of the Incas¨ (1964) , the second movie mentioned being one of the only spectacles to actually incorporate science fiction into the genre. In contrast , his Hercules serves as a mere sidekick in the Zorro-like spectacle ¨Golia e Il Cavaliere Mascherato or Hercules and the Masked Rider¨ (1963) starring Ettore Manni . In addition , he performed Ursus , ¨Il Gladiatore Ribelle or Ursus , the Rebel Gladiator¨ (1962) opposite Dan Vadis . He also played the supporting role of Kaldos in ¨Rocha , son of Samson or The Fury of Hércules¨ (1962) when it was Brad Harris' turn to play the title role , and ¨Samson and his mighty challenge¨ (1964) . By mid-decade the Herculean phase had faded away and Steel went on, unlike others peplum stars, to other film styles such as dramas , thrillers , horror, oaters , even comedies and he eventually moved into Spaghetti Western and spies . In the late 1960s he and fellow movie musclemen Kirk Morris and Gordon Mitchell served up "spaghetti westerns" entitled ¨Sapevano Solo Uccidere¨ (1968) and ¨Fast hand¨ (1973). The film benefits itself from an acceptable secondary cast , full of familiar faces as Carlo Tamberlani , Nello Pazzafini and three gorgeous Eurotrash actresses as Rosalba Neri , Orchidea De Santis and Lisa Gastoni . In spite of mediocre interpretations , the acting honors go to Mimmo Palmara as a nasty usurper .

Colorful cinematography in Eastmancolor , TotalScope 16 mm by Izzareli , shot on location in Tunis and Lacio , Rome and Elios Studios . Atmospheric and evocative Original music by Angelo Francesco Lavagnino who composed lots of Peplums and Spaghettis . The film was professionally directed by Gianfranco Parolini , aka Frank Kramer , but with no originality . Parolini often uses action sequences incorporating circus acrobatics and lots of humor and irony . He began directing Musclemen epics as ¨Rocha¨, ¨The Macabeos¨ with Brad Harris , ¨Samson¨ , ¨Fury of Hércules¨ and ¨The ten gladiators¨ with Dan Davis and Gianni Rizzo , Parolini's usual actor. After that , he continued with ¨commissioner X¨ series stars Tony Kendall , fantastic with ¨three supermen¨ and warlike movie as ¨5 per l'Inferno¨ with Gianni Garco (Sartana) and the nimble acrobat Nick Jordan , Parolini's regular . His first Western was ¨Johnny West¨ and later on , ¨God's gun¨ with Jack Palance and he also directed the first ¨Sabata¨ with Lee van Cleef . It's followed by ¨ Return of Sabata¨ with similar artistic and technician team and ¨Indio Black¨ with Yul Brynner . "3 Avengers" is a so-so Péplum , If you like lots of sword fighting , this ones for you.

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