Revak the Rebel

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Revak the Rebel
Revak the Rebel.jpg
Directed by Rudolph Maté
Starring Jack Palance
Milly Vitale
Music by Franco Ferrara
Cinematography Carl E. Guthrie
Edited by Gene Ruggiero

Revak the Rebel (AKA: The Barbarians, AKA: Rivak the Barbarian) is a 1960 film set in Iberia in the days leading up to the outbreak of the Second Punic War. Jack Palance plays an Iberian prince whose nation and family are so abused by the Carthaginians that he turns to the Romans for help in achieving his revenge.

This film was adapted for the screen by John Lee Mahin and Martin Rackin from The Barbarians, a novel written by F. Van Wyck Mason (although making significant changes to the plot like renaming the hero from Cealwyn to Revak and turning him from a Cassiterides Celtic prince[1] to an Iberian prince from fictional Penda island). The film also only followed the first half of the book[2] and was directed by Rudolph Maté. The film was a pilot for a projected ninety-minute TV series to be called The Barbarians (as it would cover the whole length of the book) which was never picked and got theatrical release out of the US.[3][4] The film was first released as Rivak the Barbarian or The Barbarians.[5] Revak the Rebel was filmed on location in Italy and it cost NBC $750,000, making it the most expensive pilot ever produced (at the time). The film has been released on DVD as Revak the Rebel by Sinister Cinema, a company specializing on B movies, Z movies, peplums and similar productions.[6]

Plot[edit]

Revak is an Iberian prince from Penda, a small island by the Iberian Peninsula. The Carthaginian fleet ransackes his island and enslaves the surviving native men, including him. After an eventful passage aboard a galley he arrives to Carthage and becomes an elephant driver. Although he gets the attention of mighty women, Revak is obsessed on achieving bloody revenge at all cost, so he, the barbarian, makes common cause with the Romans which are then opposing the Romans in the Second Punic War and are Carthage's historical rival republic for hegemony in the Mediterranean Sea. Although he is loved by another slave, a virtuous Roman slave in Carthage, Valeria, he refuses love to try to destroy Carthage.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The Pulp Swordsmen: Cealwyn, Morgan, The Robert E. Howard United Press Association, 11th April 2010
  2. ^ The Barbarians, Goodreads. Comment by Morgan Holmes
  3. ^ Revak the Rebel, Morgan, The Robert E. Howard United Press, 13 April 2010
  4. ^ The Barbarians, Goodreads. Comment by Morgan Holmes
  5. ^ The Pulp Swordsmen: Cealwyn, Morgan, The Robert E. Howard United Press Association, 11th April 2010
  6. ^ Revak the Rebel, Morgan, The Robert E. Howard United Press, 13 April 2010

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