Wednesday, January 23, 2013

MACISTE NELLA TERRA DEI CICLOPI - Carlo Innocenzi - "Atlas In The Land Of The Cyclops" (1961)

Welcome to the Wednesday Sword and Sandal Spectacular! Tonight's feature is titled "Maciste Nella Terra Dei Ciclopi" or in some kind of English translation, "Atlas Against The Cyclops," or also known as "Atlas In The Land Of The Cyclops!"

Now to the best of my limited understanding, "Maciste" translates from Italian into English as "Strongman," so I guess that's why in movie titles, sometimes Maciste is Samson, sometimes he's Hercules, or in this case, he's Atlas!! I guess it's just whatever mythical strongman the producer's decided to go with!

That's pretty much the whole story in a nutshell! Everything else is just gravy on the turkey and potatoes!

Plunder and pillage! Pillage and plunder! Pillage the village! Plunder like thunder!

A knife to the back just shows you what kind of people we're dealing with here!

I'm telling you one thing for sure, you couldn't pay me enough money, and there is no way in Hell I would walk out on a bridge like this, movie or no movie!

These are the two main protagonists in the film, Gordon Mitchell as Maciste (Credited as Mitchell Gordon), and Chelo Alonso as Capys! Muscle Beach flex monster, Gordon was always great in roles as guys with names like Pluto, Achilles, or Obro! Chelo was always cast as females like Erica, Landa, or Queen Smedes! Gordon Mitchell has 146 acting credits, Chelo Alonso has 19, so I guess it's not going to be difficult to figure who is going to come out on top in this battle!

I don't care if it's made out of styrofoam or papier-mâché, I still wouldn't be able to pick up a giant urn like that!

Gordon Mitchell demonstrates perfectly what is commonly referred to in wrasslin' terms as 'The Double Noggin Knocker!"

Time to bring out the dancing girls!! Yeehaw!! The soundtrack for "Atlas In The Land Of The Cyclops" was composed by Carlo Innocenzi who also wrote the music for "Mill Of The Stone Women," "Terror Of Oklahoma," "Goliath Against The Giants" and 130 more films. Ironically, Carlo died in 1962 at the age of 62!

Atlas has a few different encounters with various characters, despite some stiff competition, he wins his bout with the black Adonis in the third round!

This movie runs approximately 100 minutes, and just about the time you're ready to give up, they finally produce a cyclops in about the last ten minutes of the film, but you gotta admit, it's a good one!!

Almost anybody can act, but it takes a lot of hard work to get a set of big muscles like this!

The cyclops was played by Aldo Pedinotti in one of only six roles he had in his career. Aldo was also in "Hercules In The Haunted World," and "The Loves Of Hercules!!"

Well where else would you think a cyclop's weak spot would be?

One more shot of Gordon's flexcicles!

And in the end, all of the spoils go to the victor!

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