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Il lupo dei mari (1975)

PG | | Adventure | January 1978 (USA)
A tale of a brutal seas caption of the Ghost who is ruthless with his crew. It becomes more than they can tolerate.


Giuseppe Vari (as Joseph Green)


Marcello Ciorciolini (adaptation), Marcello Ciorciolini (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Connors ... Wolf-Larsen
Giuseppe Pambieri Giuseppe Pambieri ... Humphrey Van Weyden (as Joseph Palmer)
Barbara Bach ... Maud Brewster
Rik Battaglia
Pino Ferrara Pino Ferrara
Luciano Pigozzi ... Thomas Mugridge
Lars Bloch Lars Bloch ... (as Lars Block)
Maurice Poli ... (as Maurice F. Poli)
Nello Pazzafini
Renato Baldini
Mimmo Di Costanzo Mimmo Di Costanzo
Paolo Magalotti Paolo Magalotti
Vittorio Fanfoni Vittorio Fanfoni
Lorenzo Piani Lorenzo Piani
Rinaldo Zamperla Rinaldo Zamperla


A story of a man possessed by the power of life and death over the men under his command. Chuck Connors portrays Captain Wolf Larson in this high seas adventure about a man possessed with the power he holds over his crew and a fear of a man's legend. Written by Anonymous

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The Ghost ship helmed by the cruel captain Wolf Larsen brings Van Weyden aboard his doomed boat
8 August 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Nice adaptation based on classical novel by Jack London dealing with a young man is taken aboard a seal-hunting vessel helmed by the cruel captain Wolf Larsen , a brutal sea captain of the Ghost who is really ruthless with his crew and it becomes more than they can tolerate . An Italian version with fine actors such as Chuck Connors , Barbara Bach , Rik Battaglia , Luciano Pigozzi , Roberto Dell'Acqua , Nello Pazzafini , Ivan Rassimov and Maurice Poli . Nice retelling about Jack London novel with enjoyable interpretations from protagonist quartet . Adapted for television in it's latest outing, from the original book written by the American journalist and author Jack London, including a good main cast and acceptable supporting roles . Jack London's adventure novel about a brutal captain named Wolf Larsen (chuck Connors) , his rebellious crew , some unexpected passengers and a young man who is taken aboard a seal-hunting vessel . Captain Larsen commands a surly ship of seal hunters through sheer ruthlessness and ego , being pursued by his brother called Death Larsen (Ivan Rassimov) who commands a ship named Macedonia . Bound for Japanese poaching grounds, 'Ghost' is captained by Wolf Larsen , who is a man not to be crossed, as he is as strong and tyrannical as he is cunning and rescues some castaways . It is the unlucky fate of Humphrey Van Weyden (Giuseppe Pambieri as Joseph Palmer) , that he should find himself on board the 'Ghost' and under the service of the Sea Wolf , Larsen . As the film narrates about a kidnapped young named Van Weyden and a beautiful girl (Barbara Bach) who is shipwrecked and picked up by a ship called ¨the Ghost¨ commanded by captain Larsen , a cruel but clever seaman reader of classic novels and prestigious authors . The shipwreck survivors , picked up by Larsen are forced into working aboard his ship , the aptly called Ghost . We follow Humphrey, as he enters the story and finds himself in service on board , after being abducted. The passengers convert themselves in accidental sailors confronting wits and taking on brutal crewmen (Nello Pazzafini , Renato Baldini , Rik Battaglia , among others) such as the violent cook Thomas Mugridge (Luciano Pigozzi or Alan Collins nicknamed the Italian Peter Lorre). The ruthless captain wants to test out his theories about survival of the fittest young . While Van Wyden is mistreated by sniveling cook , but also falls for Maud Brewster and tries to rally the shipmates into resisting the megalomaniac captain .

Yet another rendition of London 's classic battle of wills story . The picture is a passable adaptation of a famous novel by Jack London scripted by Marcello Ciorciolini screenplay . The Sea Wolf is an agreeable tale of life on the high seas, and in particular on board a sealing schooner named 'Ghost' . The film has an intelligent character study , reflecting on the various roles and stunningly playing the tale . Fine acting by all , thus , Chuck Connors as the personification of malevolent ego , he is an obstinate and brutal captain , obsessed to track down his brother . Joseph Palmer as his contender and with numerous wishes to escape is nice . Barbara Bach is attractive and enticing . Special mention to support cast , plenty of familiar faces of the Italian sub-genres . Filmed entirely shot on location , and using model scales and in tank studios , sets and pervasive fog machines . The flick will appeal to seafaring adventure genre enthusiasts . The picture displays a strange and inappropriate musical score -though enjoyable- by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis , Spaghetti Western's usual . Colorful and evocative cinematography by Sergio Rubini . This film was professionally directed by Giuseppe Vari or Joseph Warren or Joseph Green (1916-1993) . Rating : 6 ; well worthwhile seeing . Vari was a craftsman who directed all kinds of genres such as Sci-Fi : Urban Warriors , Wartime : Raiders of the Bloody Beach , Adventure : Legend of the Sea Wolf , Nunexploitation : Sor Emmanuelle , Cloak and Sandals : Revenge of the Barbarians , Rome versus Rome , Conquest of the Normans , and specially Spaghetti such as 1971 Il Tredicesimo è Sempre Giuda , 1969 Un Posto all'inferno , 1968 Un Buco in Fronte , 1967 Con Lui Cavalca la Morte , 1967 Un poker Di Pistole , 1967 The last gunfighter , 1966 Deguello and Last Traitor.

¨Wolf Larsen¨ novel was previously filmed several times as ¨Barracuda¨ and ¨Wolf Larsen¨(1958) by Harmon Jones with Barry Sullivan , Peter Graves , Gita Hall , Thayer David and as TV movie by Michael Anderson with Charles Bronson , Christopher Reeve and Catherine Mary Stewart . Furthermore ,"Der Seewolf" (1971) with Raimund Harmstorf , ¨Der Seewolf¨ (2008) (TV) with Thomas Kretschmann as Wolf Larssen and "Sea Wolf" (2009) TV miniseries by Mike Barber with Sebastian Koch , Tim Roth , Stephen Campbell Moore , Neve Campbell and Andrew Jackson . The black and white classic version novel is the best and was directed by Michael Curtiz in 1941 with Edward G. Robinson (Larsen), Alexander Knox , Ida Lupino and John Garfield .

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