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The Devil's Cavaliers (1959)

I cavalieri del diavolo (original title)
Captain Richard and a small band of soldiers return home to France to discover the country ruled by horrible nobility.

Director:

Siro Marcellini

Writers:

Jean Blondel (dialogue), Carlo Alberto Chiesa (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Latimore ... Capt. Richard Stiller
Emma Danieli Emma Danieli ... Countess Louise Valance
Gianna Maria Canale ... Baroness Elaine of Faldone
Gabriella Pallotta ... Guiselle, Louise's Maid
Anthony Steffen ... Richmond (as Antonio De Teffè)
Andrea Aureli ... Duk of Vas
Federica Ranchi Federica Ranchi ... Derolia the Bar Maid
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Duneil the Swordsman
Mirko Ellis Mirko Ellis ... Paul, Stiller Henchman
José Jaspe ... Jermaine, Stiller Henchman
Oreste Lionello ... Rollò, Stiller Henchman
Andrea Fantasia Andrea Fantasia ... Du Menil, the Swordsman
Carlo Bressan Carlo Bressan
Pasquale De Filippo Pasquale De Filippo
Franco Diana Franco Diana
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Storyline

Captain Richard and a small band of soldiers return home to France to discover the country ruled by horrible nobility.

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swordplay | royalty | hero | See All (3) »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

26 June 1959 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil's Cavaliers See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the English version, credit is given for the lyrics of a song performed by Nunzio Gallo over the credits and in the film. However the song is not heard being sung in the film at all. See more »

Soundtracks

Della Speranze
(madrigal)
Lyrics by Luigi Martelli
Performed by Nunzio Gallo
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Lots of color, but no substance
19 November 2010 | by qatmomSee all my reviews

Everyone is nicely dressed--but the characters wearing them are curiously empty. I gave up trying to tell some of the bad guys apart. It's very hard to tell why people are in a particular place together--are they all just crashing at Louise's castle, or is she crashing at theirs?

I could not decide what time period this story was supposed to be part of. They spoke of heretics, which places it in the middle ages during the time of the Cathars (early 1200s) but the swords are clearly not broadswords and the costumes are from a later period. Perhaps no one thought anyone would notice.

The characters are incredibly bland. The supposed hero is in a lot of scenes, but after watching the whole moving, I have no idea what he was about. The heroine mostly seems breathless.

The castles are nice, but the real allure is the English dialogue. I wish I had taken notes. Much of it is wildly stilted, as if translated literally by someone who was not an English speaker, and the effect is funny to the point of being distracting. It is stuffed full of howlers akin to "Tell me the meaning of the thing you have done." Like many Italian films of the period, dialogue and sound effects were dubbed in later. The sound of faux hoofbeats is particularly unconvincing here.


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