[Italian production filmed in the
Director “Anthony M. Dawson”/Antonio Margheriti Story/Producer Filiberto Bandini Screenplay Gianfranco Bucceri, Filiberto Bandini Executive Producer Enrico Coletti Cinematography Roberto Benvenuti Music Pino Donaggio Conductor Natale Massara Editor Angela Cipriani Assistant Director Edoardo Margheriti [also uncredited Special Effects Supervisor, listed on IMDB] Costume Designer Adriana Berselli Casting Louis Di Giaimo Production Designer Elena Poccetto Ricci Production Assistants Giuseppina Ciacia, Giuseppe Cioccarelli Camera Operator Stefano Moser First Assistant Camera Massimo Gengarelli Script Supervisor Antonella Margheriti Location Accountant Luciano Tartaglia Sound Mixer Umberto Montesanti Key Make-Up Artist Franco Di Girolamo Key Grip Orlando Zuccari Key Gaffer Salvatore Ruberto Assistant Editor Luisa Cipriani Sound Editors Nick Alexander, Cesare D'Amico Sound Effects Luciano Anzellotti, Massimo Anzellotti Still Laboratory Roberto Russo Color Supervisor Carlo La Bella Music Mixer Sergio Marcotulli
Cast Marvelous Marvin Hagler (Sergeant Iron), Frank Cuervo (Ugadi), Dirk Galuba (Vincent van Eyck), Tetchie Agbayani (Mrs. Morrell), Maurizio Fardo (Father Leonard), Jacqueline Carol (Mama Lou), Charles Napier (IMC President), [uncredited] David Brass (Photojournalist), Kenneth Peerless (Pablo)
Mike Martinez’s review from the official Antonio Margheriti site:
Antonio Margheriti's last, and possibly best film, next to The Last Hunter is more than worthy of the wide distribution it received. Boxing legend Marvelous Marvin Hagler stars as an American G. I. who heads to South America to save the local
Although it does get off to a bit of a slow start,
What I find odd is that not one decade earlier, probably the same tribesmen Ruggero Deodato and Umberto Lenzi used in Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox, are here again fighting for freedom against the evil white suppressors (of course, led by a South African). Somehow, Hagler's being black is supposed to make him identify better with the natives and their cause. Ugh, the cheesiness doesn't stop there, as in one scene he gathers them around the fire to inspire them with the tale of Sparticus. The occasionally bad script is completely overcome by Margheriti's slam-bang approach to the action scenes. Plenty of gore, maggot ridden corpses, slow motion, and fist cracking to satisfy any fan of Italian action flicks. Probably the funniest scene (pulled right out of John Boorman's The Emerald Forest, which also co-stared Tetchi Agbayani) has Hagler pummeling an old, overweight pimpess with metal teeth named "Mama Lou" in a back-woods whorehouse. He socks her in the head so hard it actually causes her head to implode! Dynamite action film sure as hell kicks the shit out of the original
Ha,ha,ha, go rent this flick as soon as possible. Worth every penny!