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Knives of the Avenger (1966)

I coltelli del vendicatore (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure | January 1968 (USA)
A mysterious, knife-throwing Viking warrior protects a young peasant woman and her son from the clutches of a evil regent bent on claiming the title of King and the woman for himself.

Directors:

Mario Bava (as John Hold), Leopoldo Savona (uncredited)

Writers:

Alberto Liberati (story and screenplay), Mario Bava (story and screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Cameron Mitchell ... Rurik / Helmut
Fausto Tozzi ... Hagen (as Frank Ross)
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... King Arald (as Jack Stuart)
Luciano Pollentin Luciano Pollentin ... Moki (as Louis Polletin)
Amedeo Trilli Amedeo Trilli ... Viking King (as Michael Moore)
Elissa Pichelli Elissa Pichelli ... Karin (as Lisa Wagner)
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Storyline

After the apparent death of her husband King Arald, a viking peasant woman, named Karin, takes her son Moki into hiding from Aghen, King Arald's enemy. But a mysterous stranger, named Rurik, begins acting as Karin's guardian, which evetually leads to a brutal showdown between Rurik and Aghen. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Don't come if you scare easy!!! [double bill with "Gammera the Invincible"] See more »

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

January 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Knives of the Avenger See more »

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Budget:

$75,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Sider Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Director Mario Bava was brought in to salvage the troubled production after the original director was fired. Bava wound up scrapping most of the footage that had already been shot, threw out the old script, and rewrote and reshot virtually the entire film in six days. See more »

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Bava Takes on the Vikings
11 March 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A mysterious knife-throwing viking warrior protects a young peasant woman and her young son from the clutches of a evil regent bent on claiming the title of king and the woman for himself.

Although a certified fan of Mario Bava's work (particularly his horror films), what actually got me interested in watching this was Giacomo Rossi-Stuart. For American audiences, non-American (or at least non-English speaking) actors rarely get noticed. The number of Italians famous in America can be counted on one hand. And this is a shame -- Italy has its share of stars, and Rossi-Stuart is one of them.

He is not top billed here (Cameron Mitchell is), but still attracts notice. His look is so distinctive, I just really appreciate him for the presence he brings to the screen.

I have nothing to say about the actual movie... it is pretty good, but not a genre I feel confident making strong judgments about.


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