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Terror of the Steppes (1964)

I predoni della steppa (original title)
A sword and sandal extravaganza in which a musclebound hero conquers all.


Tanio Boccia (as Amerigo Anton)


Tanio Boccia (as Amerigo Anton), Mario Moroni




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirk Morris ... Sandar Khan
Moira Orfei ... Malina
Daniele Vargas ... Altan Khan
Ombretta Colli Ombretta Colli ... Samira
Franco Cobianchi Franco Cobianchi ... Yesen Khan (as Peter White)
Giulio Donnini Giulio Donnini ... Consigliere di Khan
Ugo Sasso Ugo Sasso ... Ciukhai
Furio Meniconi Furio Meniconi ... Kublai
Sina Scarfone Sina Scarfone ... (as Sina Scarfoni)
Marco Pasquini Marco Pasquini
Luigi Scavran Luigi Scavran
Attilio Dottesio
Anna Mazzelli Anna Mazzelli
Gabriella Schettini Gabriella Schettini
Franco Pechini Franco Pechini


A sword and sandal extravaganza in which a musclebound hero conquers all.

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Release Date:

30 January 1964 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror of the Steppes See more »

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Production Co:

Cineluxor See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Altan Khan: You miserable dog. What made you interrupt the feast? Speak, or I'll feed you to the jackals.
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TERROR OF THE STEPPES (Tano Boccia, 1964) **1/2
29 April 2011 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

I did not expect much from this one, having been underwhelmed by previous efforts from both director and star (Kirk Morris); however, the end result was quite tolerable – indeed, highly entertaining, if mainly in an unintentional way (more on this later)! Thematically, the film presents the usual ingredients: villainous potentate, rebel-leader hero, heroine intended to be sacrificed for the common good but saved in the nick-of-time from a fate worse than death, duplicitous other woman, etc.

As I said, this viewing was undercut – or, rather, eclipsed by – a constant stream of hilarity that met such priceless occurrences as: Morris' tents unaccountably being fitted with doors (also the fact when forced to make a run for it, they are able to re-erect the tents, doors and all, elsewhere at the drop of a hat!); genre regular Giulio Donnini's campy appearance as a vampiric adviser (dressed in a red-black cape which he never bothers to change, sporting wiry long moustache and with a sinister expression plastered on his face throughout, I kept expecting him to bare his fangs!); Morris' unceremonious disrespect for mistress Moira Orfei once he has been smitten with the heroine; her own betrayal of him and his sidekick in a tavern (when she cannot possibly have had knowledge of their whereabouts, having been banished from the clan some time before!); the ridiculously-elongated hat worn intermittently by Morris (making him look like a veritable gnome and decidedly conspicuous in enemy territory!); and the novel climactic showdown involving a duel with logs carried around like a cross by hero and villain alike (besides, when Morris – whom his opponent has never actually seen – offers this solution to the apparent battle stalemate, he blasts him with the unflattering remark to his official standing: "You think I'll listen to what the first scumbag who turns up before me has to say!").

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