Thursday, December 8, 2022


Ubaratutu (Harry Baird) fights with buddy Thor (Joe Robinson) while the Queen (Janine Hendy) tries to stop Thor in THOR AND THE AMAZON WOMEN (1963)

Remarkably enough, this was one of the first PEPLUM movies released on Blu-ray in Italy. The English version wasn't included which was a shame. Someone did a Fan Dub of it with the French audio but the English audio can't be aligned with the image. I like this movie. It's a curio for sure though. It's an action film but it's sorta slow going. The movie has an interacial friendship/rivalry between two men, one white and one black, something the director did in 3 other movies, with MACISTE - THE STRONGEST MAN IN THE WORLD (1961) with Mark Forest and Paul Wynter. Then there's ATLAS IN THE LAND OF THE CYCLOPS (1962) with Gordon Mitchell and Paul Wynter. And there's TAUR THE MIGHTY (1963), also with Joe Robinson and Harry Baird. THOR AND THE AMAZON WOMEN and TAUR THE MIGHTY are Twin Productions, with virtually the same plot, and same settings and good part of the same cast. Both of those movies were supposed to be Tarzan films but the Burroughs estate wanted to sue the productions so everything was changed at the last minute. It's hard to believe this movie and TAUR were to be Tarzan films. Tarzan and Amazons? The English title is also goofy: THOR AND THE AMAZON WOMEN...aren't Amazons always women? Shouldn't it be THOR AND THE AMAZONS? The director, Antonio Leonviola, was in the film business since the 1930s. He had experience. Like I said, a curio for sure but an entertaining one.

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