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Colossus and the Headhunters (1963)

Maciste contro i cacciatori di teste (original title)
Maciste and his people flee their volcano-ravaged island. They end up caught in between two warring tribes.


Guido Malatesta


Guido Malatesta (story), Guido Malatesta (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Kirk Morris ... Maciste
Laura Brown Laura Brown ... Queen Amoha
Demeter Bitenc Demeter Bitenc ... Ariel
Frank Leroy Frank Leroy ... Kermes
Alfredo Zammi Alfredo Zammi ... Tyran
Corinne Capri Corinne Capri ... Dancer
Luigi Esposito Luigi Esposito ... Aris
Nello Pazzafini Nello Pazzafini ... Gunk (as Nello Pazzafini)
Alessio Pregara Alessio Pregara ... King Olibana
Ines Holder Ines Holder ... Asmyn
Letizia Stephan Letizia Stephan ... Moana - the Islander


Maciste rescues Ario, the son King Sandor, and his people from their land in a volcanic island that blows-up and they sail to the Land and Urias in a long and dangerous voyage. They are captured by the Urias but when the Queen Amoha meets Maciste, she tells that the traitor Kermis has joined the tribe of Head Hunters and slaughtered her people, but the warrior Taro has saved them from the annihilation; however, her father King Olibauna was missing in action. She asks Maciste to help her against the Head Hunters, but Maciste tells that he is protecting the tribe of Ario. When the Urias are attacked by the Head Hunters, Maciste decides to help Queen Amoha. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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In a time of titans Colossus towered above all!!! See more »


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Release Date:

10 January 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Colossus and the Headhunters See more »

Filming Locations:

Ljubljana, Slovenia, Yugoslavia

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa #39319 issued January 8, 1963. See more »


There are zippers on the headhunters" "skirts". See more »

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A quest in confuse-o-vision
14 March 2011 | by InzyWimzySee all my reviews

Who are these people? Where are we going? Are we the good guys or the bad guys?

This film has its stints of non stop action and mayhem and even more and more padding of either someone or a large group of people moving from point A to point B. It is hard to miss the kempt hair of Maciste (personally I prefer a chicken sub to cheesesteak) as he combats the merciless Headhunters. Note Nello Pazzafini playing one of the tougher baddies who also appeared in Danger!! Death Ray (Nello sure was in a lot of films!). More amusing stuff includes Amoa's Easter Egg hat hair, village bonfires, and death by archery. Also, one of the wackiest moments is the less than stellar choreographed dance to appease the gods by Amoa's right hand maiden Moana.

Not exactly up alongside the Hercules films, but fun in a goofy sort of way.

Fave line: "Then what happened?"

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