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The Barbarians (1987)

Two twin barbarians seek revenge from the warlord who massacred their tribe and captured them when they were small children.

Director:

Ruggero Deodato

Writers:

Alberto Piferi (dubbing dialogue), James R. Silke (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Paul ... Kutchek
David Paul ... Gore
Richard Lynch ... Kadar
Eva LaRue ... Ismene (as Eva La Rue)
Virginia Bryant ... Canary
Sheeba Alahani Sheeba Alahani ... China
Michael Berryman ... Dirtmaster
Franco Pistoni Franco Pistoni ... Ibar
Raffaella Baracchi Raffaella Baracchi ... Allura
Pasquale Bellazecca Pasquale Bellazecca ... Kutchek Young Boy
Luigi Bellazecca Luigi Bellazecca ... Gore Young Boy
Wilma Marzilli Wilma Marzilli ... Fat Woman
Paolo Risi Paolo Risi ... Pin the Dwarf
Giovanni Cianfriglia Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Ghedo - Strongman
Angelo Ragusa ... Kadar's Man
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Storyline

Two twin barbarians seek revenge from the warlord who massacred their tribe and captured them when they were small children.

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

20 March 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$800,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$800,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Canon Italia S.r.l. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Telecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In August 29, 2019 it was exhibited in Gijón, Asturias (Spain) as part of the 21st edition of the film festival Peor Imposible (Worse Impossible), which is dedicated to Z movies. See more »

Quotes

Ibar: Stay where you are, fatty.
Gore: Fatty? Me?
Kutchek: You.
Gore: FATTY! Who you calling fatty, moosehead?
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Connections

Featured in Die Welt der Barbaren (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Ruby Dawn
Written by Pino Donaggio
Lyrics by Paolo Steffan
Performed by Ronnie Jackson
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OK boys, that's a wrap. Now please try to take an extra gay pose for the cover image!
28 November 2007 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

As shallow as it may sound, I actually delayed my viewing of "The Barbarians" several times just because the VHS cover (as well as the picture image displayed here on the website) looks so incredibly gay! By now I wish I had watched it earlier because the movie isn't so much gay…. just trashy, cheesy, campy and enormously fun! It's almost unbelievable that Ruggero Deodato, director of "Cannibal Holocaust" of all people, was the man responsible for this comical cash-in on the contemporary popular Sword & Sandal fantasy flicks, particularly Schwarzenegger's Conan movies. The film opens with a terrific 'once-upon-a-time' type of off-screen narrator, introducing us to the Ragneks. Their founder once traded an entire mountain of pure gold for just one magically powerful ruby that would allow them to travel in freedom and access every country as entertainers. In other words, the Ragneks are a bunch of traveling circus freaks! Their happiness abruptly comes to end when the greedy Kadar kidnaps the Ragneks' beautiful queen Canary and continuously attempts to discover the whereabouts of the ruby. Meanwhile, and as some sort of amusing waste of time, the two orphan twin-brothers Gore and Kutchek are trained to become muscled warriors and they're unwarily prepared to fight each other to the death. Instead of that, however, they escape and develop a plan to free their queen. Actually, the plot isn't half as bad as I initially feared, but still the most fun is provided by the beefcake brothers' on screen chemistry, the crazily inept dialogs and of course the utterly cheesy fantasy-monsters, like a dragon with adorably cute eyes, some kind of werewolf creature and zombies that randomly appear to pop out of the swamp. The soundtrack and make-up effects are great and our almighty director Deodato maintains a terrifically fast pace. The Barbarian Brother's acting capacities are much better than I anticipated, apart from the fact that one of them constantly produces gross belching sounds. The supportive cast is splendid as well. Eva La Rue never looked more beautiful as the witty savage girl Cara, Virginia Bryant is indeed bewitching like Richard Lynch states on several occasions and the lovely Sheeba Alahani makes her first and only appearance on film as a vicious sorceress with a donut-shaped hair style (I kid you not!). Last but not least, "The Barbarians" stars everybody's favorite Eyes in the Hills creep Michael Berryman as the appropriately named Dirtmaster. I know the displayed picture looks gayer than a promotional campaign for the musical version about the rise and fall of the Village People, but "The Barbarians" really is a must-see Italian exploitation highlight.


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