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Superargo and the Faceless Giants (1968)

L'invincibile Superman (original title)
A masked wrestler/superhero goes up against a madman and his army of robots.

Director:

Paolo Bianchini (as Paul Maxwell)

Writers:

Julio Buchs (screenplay), Julio Buchs (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Giovanni Cianfriglia Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Superargo (as Ken Wood)
Guy Madison ... Prof. Wendland Wond
Luisa Baratto ... Claire Brand (as Liz Barrett)
Diana Lorys ... Gloria Devon (as Diana Loris)
Aldo Sambrell ... Kamir / Pao-Ki (as Harold Sambrel)
Tomás Blanco ... Davies (as Thomas Blank)
Sergio Testori Sergio Testori ... Jo Brand
Valerio Tordi Valerio Tordi ... Professor Presenski
Aldo Bufi Landi Aldo Bufi Landi ... J.G. Stafford
Valentino Macchi Valentino Macchi ... Bank Guard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank von Kuegelgen Frank von Kuegelgen ... Medical Examiner (voice)
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A masked wrestler/superhero goes up against a madman and his army of robots.

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Adventure | Sci-Fi

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Country:

Italy | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

26 January 1968 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Follows Superargo contro Diabolikus (1966) See more »

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Italian Santo fights robotized athletes
3 July 2008 | by josh-462See all my reviews

It's a shame when reviewers, like the other one reviewing this film here, can't provide you with anything but weak metaphors and banal banter.

Superargo is an ex-wrestler. He quit the sport in the first film, Superargo vs. Diabolicus, after accidentally killing an opponent. In this sequel, Superargo has altered his mask some but still keeps the bulletproof red tights.

He's also taken up studies in Eastern mysticism, with the aid of his new sidekick, Kamir (Aldo Sambrell who later went on to star in many Spaghetti Westerns and had the main role opposite Burt Reynolds in 'Navajo Joe' two years prior).

There had been a rash of crimes involving major athletes being accosted and kidnapped.Usually by a group of 'faceless giants.' The giants aren't faceless, just have stockings over their faces. And they aren't giants either. Actually most are shorter than Superargo.

The government calls Superargo in to find out who operates the robotic men and stop them. Things go awry and it plays out much like a spy film. In fact, the superhero genre in Italy in the late 60's was a direct descendant of the spy genre which petered out about '67 or '68 itself. See also The Fantastic Argoman and the previous Superargo film.

There are hokey bits of comic book indulgence, but as a film collector and fan, I enjoy Superargo and the Faceless Giants. I recommend seeing it, even if it's just once on late-night television.

Many find the movie boring, and while some parts do tend to drag on, such as the chase through the woods, it isn't nearly as bad as, say, everything Jerry Bruckheimer has made.


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