5.5/10
478
5 user 2 critic

Marco the Magnificent (1965)

La fabuleuse aventure de Marco Polo (original title)
Young Marco Polo travels to China to help Kublai Khan fight against rebels, headed by his own son, with a new invention: gunpowder.

Directors:

Denys de La Patellière, Raoul Lévy (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Denys de La Patellière, Raoul Lévy (as Raoul J. Lévy) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Horst Buchholz ... Marco Polo
Grégoire Aslan ... Achmed Abdullah
Robert Hossein ... Prince Nayam, Mongol Rebel Leader
Elsa Martinelli ... The Woman with the Whip
Akim Tamiroff ... The Old Man of the Mountain
Omar Sharif ... Emir Alaou
Anthony Quinn ... Kublai Khan, Mongol Emperor of China
Orson Welles ... Akerman, Marco's Tutor
Massimo Girotti ... Nicolo, Marco's Father
Folco Lulli ... Spinello, Venetian Merchant
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... Pope Gregory X
Lynne Sue Moon Lynne Sue Moon ... Princess Gogatine (as Lee Sue Moon)
Bruno Cremer ... Guillaume de Tripoli, a Knight Templar
Maria Virginia Onorato Maria Virginia Onorato ... Alaou's Wife (as Virginia Onorato)
Jacques Monod Jacques Monod ... Nicolo de Vicenza, a Knight Templar
Learn more

More Like This 

Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A German architect runs away with the maharajah of Eschnapur's fiancee but is caught and thrown in the dungeon, while his relatives arrive from Europe looking for him and the maharajah's brother is scheming to usurp the throne.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Debra Paget, Paul Hubschmid, Walther Reyer
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young heiress must choose between six uncles, one of which is up to no good and out to harm the girl's beloved bodyguard who practically raised her.

Director: Jerry Lewis
Stars: Jerry Lewis, Sebastian Cabot, Neil Hamilton
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Anthology movie about three owners of a yellow Rolls-Royce. A British diplomat buys the car for his French wife. A mobster's girlfriend has an affair in Italy. An American woman drives a Yugoslavian partisan to Ljubljana on the eve of the Nazi invasion.

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Rex Harrison, Shirley MacLaine
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Famous Spanish bandit Artiguez returns to his native Spanish village after 20 years in French exile but Spanish cop Vinolas is setting a trap for him.

Director: Fred Zinnemann
Stars: Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Omar Sharif
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 17th century Italy, a Spanish prince, who's searching for a bride, falls in-love with a beautiful local peasant girl.

Director: Francesco Rosi
Stars: Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif, Georges Wilson
Heaven's Gate (1980)
Adventure | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A dramatization of the real-life Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, in which a Sheriff born into wealth, attempts to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests.

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt
Genghis Khan (1965)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

During the thirteenth century, the shy Mongol boy Temujin (Carlo Cura) becomes the fearless leader Genghis Khan (Omar Sharif), who unites all Mongol tribes and conquers most of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Stephen Boyd, Omar Sharif, James Mason
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Ranch owner Katie Elder's four sons determine to avenge the murder of their father and the swindling of their mother.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: John Wayne, Dean Martin, Martha Hyer
Mayerling (1968)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Based on real life events that led to tragic deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his lover Baroness Mary Vetsera.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Omar Sharif, Catherine Deneuve, James Mason
Che! (1969)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Biography of Argentinian revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, who helped Fidel Castro in his struggle against the corrupt Batista regime, eventually resulting in the overthrow of that ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Omar Sharif, Jack Palance, Cesare Danova
The Mamelukes (1965)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After suffering Egyptians from the oppression of the Mamluks and despotism clump the people and organize popular resistance to eliminate them and get rid of the ruling Circassians and the ... See full summary »

Director: Atef Salem
Stars: Nabila Ebeid, Mohamed el Sabaa, Omar Sharif
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man has found a way to win any bet he places on a horse. However, he himself must never be the person to place the bet.

Director: Marcel Moussy
Stars: Robert Dhéry, Colette Brosset, Jean Poiret
Edit

Storyline

During the 1200s, young Marco Polo, joins his father Niccolò and his uncle Matteo, who recently returned from China, and prepares to visit the Pope who summoned them. The Pope entrusts the Polo family with a trade mission to China and with a personal message of peace for China's Emperor Kublai Khan. Unknown to all of them is the fact that the peaceful Kublai Khan is facing a treasonous dissension among his Mongol war chieftains, led by his war-loving son. His son wants the throne for himself and desires to destroy all Chinese subjects, in favor of his Mongol ones. He also wants to invade Europe and avail himself of slaves, territory and spoils of war. In Venice, the Polos board a ship for the Holly Lands, presently occupied by the Crusaders. From there, they are to proceed by caravan, overland, to Samarkand and eventually reach Peking. However, the overland route passes through several kingdoms, caliphates and wild rugged regions inhabited by unwelcoming warlike tribes. The route also... Written by nufs68

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

It's ADVENTURE at its highest with the star-studded cast of the year! See more »


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 46067 delivered on 26-11-1965. See more »

Quotes

Achmed Abdullah: My gift cannot share your couch, my dear friend, but I know how much you love animals.
[he gestures towards a tiger]
Achmed Abdullah: . Does she please you?
The Old Man of the Mountain: Ohhh... a well-matched exchange, worthy of two old friends who trust each other.
Achmed Abdullah: It is difficult to fully trust a friend whose face one never sees. I would consider it a friendly act if you removed your golden mask.
The Old Man of the Mountain: It is a friendly act that I do not remove it. All who see my face - die!
Achmed Abdullah: But your assassins
[gesturing towards them]
Achmed Abdullah: all see your face.
The Old Man of the Mountain: And all die. And...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinema Komunisto (2010) See more »

User Reviews

visually very appealing but ultimately disappointing
2 August 2001 | by rogierrSee all my reviews

Cinematographer Armand Thirard (les Diaboliques, le Salaire de la peur) does a fabulous job with beautiful environmental shots, but unfortunately everything else in this movie is crap. This movie is terrible, but somehow visually reminiscent of Kwaidan (Kobayashi, 1964), which is one of the greatest fairy-tale films in the world, largely because of the sceneries and the lighting. 'Marco' could have been magnificent if there was another protagonist and another director. It is a pretentious and dumb movie with (2-minute performance) box-office attraction Orson Welles who wore a silly costume: don't bother to see it plz. Maybe nice for kids though as a supposed adventure movie. And to see Anthony Quinn in an unexpected role: I had to search the credits to find which part he played. I would be grateful if someone did a remake of these promising tales.


4 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

1965 (Yugoslavia) See more »

Also Known As:

Marco the Magnificent See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.



Recently Viewed