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The Ark of the Sun God (1984)

I sopravvissuti della città morta (original title)
A safecracker takes a job where he must go to Istanbul and steal a scepter that once belonged to the god Gilgamesh but is now in the temple of a secret cult.

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Antonio Margheriti (as Anthony M. Dawson)
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Cast

Cast overview:
David Warbeck ... Rick Spear
John Steiner ... Lord Dean
Susie Sudlow Susie Sudlow ... Carol
Luciano Pigozzi ... Beetle (as Alan Collins)
Ricardo Palacios ... Mohammed
Achille Brugnini Achille Brugnini ... Rupert (as Anthony Berner)
Aytekin Akkaya Aytekin Akkaya ... Prince Abdullah
Süleyman Turan
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A safecracker takes a job where he must go to Istanbul and steal a scepter that once belonged to the god Gilgamesh but is now in the temple of a secret cult.

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The powerful story of one man's quest for the greatest prize of all


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Country:

Italy | Turkey

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

17 August 1984 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Ark of the Sun God... Temple of Hell See more »

Filming Locations:

Turkey

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Production Co:

Flora Film, UFM See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Also known as "The Temple of Hell" See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie when the tomb is collapsing and debris is falling you can clearly see a crew member push a column over as soon as David Warbeck runs past it. See more »

Connections

Edited into Cop Game (1988) See more »

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Future
Written by Josette Martial and Aldo Tamborelli
Performed by Josette Martial
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A Gilga-mess.
26 July 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

This Italian Indiana Jones inspired adventure, from director Antonio Margheriti, certainly seems to have its fans, but I'm not one of them, finding the low rent action on offer rather tedious.

David Warbeck stars as world-class cat burglar Rick Spear who is enlisted to help locate a Turkish temple where, as legend has it, lies the tomb of demigod Gilgamesh, whose jewelled sceptre bestows the bearer with great power. Out to prevent Rick from succeeding is a descendant of the demigod, Prince Abdullah (Aytekin Akkaya), who sends his men to kill the adventurer.

With its 'exotic' locations an overcast Istanbul and a drab desert, 'exciting' car chase scenes achieved via remote-control vehicles, two ageing overweight Sallah-style sidekicks, and a 'lost' temple that is so easy to find I'm surprised that there wasn't a tour guide and a gift shop, The Ark of the Sun God is stodgy schlock that rarely kicks into gear, idling away until the predictable ending when the bad guy battles our hero while stone columns collapse around their ears.

4.5 out of 10, rounded up to 5 for Susie Sudlow as Rick's eye-candy girlfriend Carol.


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