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The Violent Patriot (1956)

Giovanni dalle bande nere (original title)
| Adventure | 1960 (USA)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittorio Gassman ... Giovanni de Medici dalle Bande Nere
Constance Smith ... Emma Caldana
Gérard Landry Gérard Landry ... Gasparo, luogotenente
Anna Maria Ferrero ... Anna
Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent ... frate Salvatore
Silvio Bagolini Silvio Bagolini ... 'Lumaca', il servo gobbo
Piero Palermini Piero Palermini
Loris Gizzi Loris Gizzi
Ubaldo Lay Ubaldo Lay ... Stefano, padre di Anna
Andrea Aureli ... Conte de Lautrec
Emma Baron ... madre di Emma
Bruno Moschela Bruno Moschela
Mario Colli Mario Colli ... fratello di Emma
Fanny Landini Fanny Landini
Edoardo Toniolo Edoardo Toniolo


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Genius in the arts of war and love...no man ever stood taller than this hero who hurled back the invading hordes across the Alps.




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France | Italy



Release Date:

1960 (USA) See more »

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The Violent Patriot See more »

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Po Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (US version)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A low-budget, but very effective, costume adventure.
9 December 2003 | by copycat1025See all my reviews

This film is based on the life of Giovanni de Medici. However, this is no epic production, but rather a brisk adventure tale with several remarkable moments. I consider this one of the finest films of Sergio Grieco's early adventure period, and the film is probably given that professional gloss largely by the superior acting talents of Vittorio Gassman. All around, it is a good film, with some nice battle scenes, a careful building of drama, and quite effective atmosphere. It also has its traces of violence, as for example when Medici's soldiers plunder a castle at the instigation of the traitor Gasparo (Gerard Landry). This reminds me that Grieco, although he had his roots in the classical cinema, was an exploitation director, albeit a very good one at that. Grieco cast Landry in several other films of the period, and seemed particularly busy at this time making robust adventure tales based on Italian history. This was released in American drive-ins in the early 60's, and is today extremely difficult, if not impossible, to locate in its original form.

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