Thor and the Amazon Women

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Thor and the Amazon Women (also released as "Women Gladiators")
VHS cover from the movie "Woman Gladiators".jpg
Directed by Antonio Leonviola
Produced by Ennio De Concini (producer)
Alfredo Guarini (producer)
Livio Maffei (executive producer)
Written by Antonio Leonviola, Fabio Piccioni and Sofia Scandurra (story and screenplay)
StarringSee below
Music by Roberto Nicolosi
Cinematography Guglielmo Mancori
Edited by Renato Cinquini
Distributed byGalatea S.P.A.
Release date
1963
Running time
90 minutes (United Kingdom)
84 minutes (US)
95 minutes (Director's cut)
CountryItaly
Yugoslavia
LanguageEnglish
Italian

Thor and the Amazon Women (Italian: Le gladiatrici, lit. "The female gladiators") is a 1963 Italian / Yugoslavian sword and sandal film directed by Antonio Leonviola. The film is also known as The Amazon Women (United Kingdom censored version) and Women Gladiators in the United Kingdom. [1] It is a sequel to "Taur the Mighty" (released in Italy as "Taur, il re della forza bruta").

Antonio Leonviola Italian film director and screenwriter

Antonio Leonviola, sometimes Leon Viola (1913–1995), was an Italian screenwriter and film director and co-founder of the "Libera Università del Cinema di Roma".

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom (UK), officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and sometimes referred to as Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

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Plot summary

A civilization of women warriors is ruled by the evil Black Queen who has subjugated the men in her land.

Thor and his friend Ubaratutu live in a distant village with a young blonde woman named Tamar and her young brother Homolke. Tamar’s father was the king of a seaside village who had been killed several years earlier when the Black Queen’s Amazon warriors raided the village.

Amazons warrior women from Greek mythology

In Greek mythology, the Amazons were a tribe of women warriors related to Scythians and Sarmatians, both of whom are considered Iranic people. Apollonius Rhodius, at Argonautica, mentions that Amazons were the daughters of Ares and Harmonia. They were brutal and aggressive, and their main concern in life was war. Lysias, Isocrates, Philostratus the Elder also say that their father was Ares.

Actors Joe Robinson (left) as Thor and Harry Baird (right) as Ubaratutu Thor and Ubaratutu.jpg
Actors Joe Robinson (left) as Thor and Harry Baird (right) as Ubaratutu
Susy Andersen as Tamar Thor - Susy Andersen.jpg
Susy Andersen as Tamar
Carla Foscari as Ghebel Gor Thor - Carla Foscari.jpg
Carla Foscari as Ghebel Gor

As a form of entertainment, the Black Queen enslaves captive women and forces them to fight each other. Women who refuse to fight are executed by the Evil Queen’s guards. Ghebel Gor, one of the enslaved women, tells the queen about Thor and his reputation as a strongman. Aware of a legend that a strongman may cause her downfall, the queen sends her amazon warriors to abduct Thor. They fail as Thor manages to escape their trap, but instead they capture Tamar and her brother. Subsequently, Tamar is sent to gladiator school and is trained to fight other women. During the training, Ghebel Gor tells Tamar that she hopes to never fight her because of the Tamar’s superior strength as well as a skills in the battlefield.

While Tamar trains, her brother manages to escape and returns home where he alerts both Thor and Ubaratutu and then brings them back to the queen’s village with the intent of freeing Tamar and the enslaved men. Concurrently, Yamad, the "captain general" of the amazon warriors confides to Tamar that she secretly opposes the queen. Their conversation is overheard by Ghebel Gor who informs the queen. The captain general is subsequently executed and the queen orders Tamar and Ghebel Gor to fight to the death. Although the queen gives Ghebel Gor her choice of weapons, she loses her weapon during the fight and is forced to battle her blonde opponent with her bare hands. As they fight, Thor and Ubaratutu lead a rebellion of the enslaved men. As the rebellion spreads, Tamar kills Ghebel Gor. The Black Queen, attempting to flee, is also killed and her amazon army surrenders. Tamar, although wounded, recovers and installs her young brother on the throne as king. [2] [3]

Cast

Tamar defeats Ghebel Gor in the movie's climatic fight scene Thor and the Amazon Women Fight Scene.jpg
Tamar defeats Ghebel Gor in the movie's climatic fight scene
Susy Andersen Italian actress

Susy Andersen is an Italian actress.

Joe Robinson (actor) English actor

Joseph Robinson was an English actor and stuntman born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland. He was a champion professional wrestler, as were his father Joseph and his grandfather John. His brother, Doug Robinson, is also an actor and stuntman.

Harry Baird (actor) Guyanese-born British actor

Harry Baird was a Guyanese-born British actor who came to prominence in the 1960s, appearing in more than 36 films throughout his career.

Production

Thor and the Amazon Women was filmed on location in the Postojna Caves in Slovenia. The set appeared to be very cold since water vapor could be seen coming from the mouths of the actresses in many of the scenes. Despite the apparently cold temperatures, the female Amazons were scantily dressed in all of the film's scenes. [4]

Postojna Cave karst cave system in Slovenia

Postojna Cave is a 24,340 m long karst cave system near Postojna, southwestern Slovenia. It is the second-longest cave system in the country as well as one of its top tourism sites. The caves were created by the Pivka River.

Slovenia republic in Central Europe

Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia, is a country located in southern Central Europe at a crossroads of important European cultural and trade routes. It is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the southwest. It covers 20,273 square kilometers (7,827 sq mi) and has a population of 2.07 million. One of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia, Slovenia is a parliamentary republic and a member of the United Nations, of the European Union, and of NATO. The capital and largest city is Ljubljana.

Reviews

Thor and the Amazon Women has been called “… about as bad as they come.” [5] The film’s unflattering portrayal of black people and women has been criticized as racially insensitive and anti-feminist. The movie has also been ridiculed for its excessive use of lipstick and blue eye shadow, despite its ancient setting. [6]

The Video Hound reviewer gave the film one star out of five. [7]

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