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Ator, the Fighting Eagle (1982)

Ator l'invincibile (original title)
The son of Torren learns of his heritage, goes to avenge the deaths of his fellow villagers, and rescue his sister/love interest from the evil Dakkar and his spider cult. Ator battles giant... See full summary »

Director:

Joe D'Amato (as David Hills)

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Joe D'Amato (as David Hills)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Miles O'Keeffe ... Ator
Sabrina Siani ... Roon
Ritza Brown Ritza Brown ... Sunya
Dakar Dakar ... High Priest of the Spider (as Dakkar)
Laura Gemser ... Indun
Edmund Purdom ... Griba
Alessandra Vazzoler Alessandra Vazzoler ... Woman in the tavern (as Chandra Vazzoler)
Nello Pazzafini Nello Pazzafini ... Bardak (as Nat Williams)
Jean Lopez Jean Lopez ... Nordya
Olivia Goods Olivia Goods ... Queen
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Storyline

The son of Torren learns of his heritage, goes to avenge the deaths of his fellow villagers, and rescue his sister/love interest from the evil Dakkar and his spider cult. Ator battles giant spiders, swordsmen cloaked in shadow, re-animated dead warriors, and horribly hideous witches. Written by Sean Kilby and Jason Parker <gestalt@ix.netcom.com>

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A magical power was destined to fight at his side. See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

11 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ator, the Fighting Eagle See more »

Filming Locations:

Italy

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was hastily shot, edited, and released in an attempt to cash in on the success of Conan the Barbarian (1982). When another Conan film was announced for release in 1984, director Joe D'Amato hastily shot the sequel, The Blade Master (1982). See more »

Quotes

Ator: I love you.
Sunya: And I love you.
Ator: Why can't we marry?
Sunya: Ator, we are brother and sister.
Ator: I'll talk with our father.
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Alternate Versions

When released on video in the UK, this title was cut by 27 seconds by the BBFC to edit some fight scenes. The 2003 Hollywood DVD is the fully uncut print. See more »

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Followed by Quest for the Mighty Sword (1990) See more »

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"Ator, The Running Eagle" would be a more appropriate title
13 August 2015 | by warsystem04See all my reviews

"Ator, The Fighting Eagle" is an early Conan ripoff from the prolific and usually enjoyable Italian schlock director Joe D'Amato. While the basics are in place here (swords, sorcery, and that's about it), the execution entirely misses the mark. It's hard to describe what exactly it is that is so off-putting about this film, probably because there is not a whole lot going on IN the film. The titular character is portrayed as weak, and not in the sense that it is part of his personality or backstory. He avoids most combat by simply running away, which is absurd (no D'Amato pun intended) considering what makes these types of flicks so enjoyable are the battles. The villain is about as threatening as the stupid skunk-striped bear cub that runs and grunts it's way through the movie by Ator's side, dying almost immediately upon being confronted and showing almost none of the tyrannical traits his cult is supposed to exhibit.

Sabrina Siani is hot as Roon, if that's any consolation, but it only brings me to my next point: This film is basically FAMILY FRIENDLY. There is no gore, no nudity, and basically nothing else that makes films of this caliber a treat. The dialog, weapons, scenery and characters are cookie cutter and mostly formulaic, which is the biggest shame. Even the giant spider is a disappointment and is disposed of with little effort in one of the only actual battles of the whole movie. There is no tension, no dramatic build toward the climax and no real reason to care about any of the characters. Foremost, don't even get me started on the awkward and blatant incest sub-plot.

I want to like this movie. I really do. But, unfortunately, I just don't.


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