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)
Starring See below
Music by Roberto Nicolosi
Cinematography Guglielmo Mancori
Edited by Renato Cinquini
Distributed by Galatea S.P.A.
Release date
1963
Running time
90 minutes (United Kingdom)
84 minutes (USA)
95 minutes (Director's cut)
Country Italy
Yugoslavia
Language English
Italian

Thor and the Amazon Women (Italian: Le gladiatrici) is a 1963 Italian / Yugoslavian 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]

Plot summary[edit]

Thor and the Amazon Women (original title: Le Gladiatrici) is a sword and sandal picture that features a civilization of women warriors 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.

Actors Joe Robinson (left) as Thor and Harry Baird (right) as Ubaratutu
Susy Andersen as Tamar
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.

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[edit]

Tamar defeats Ghebel Gor in the movie's climatic fight scene

Production[edit]

The movie was filmed on location in the Postojna Caves in located 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 movie's scenes.[4]

Reviews[edit]

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]

Biography[edit]

  • Hughes, Howard (2011). Cinema Italiano - The Complete Guide From Classics To Cult. London - New York: I.B.Tauris. ISBN 978-1-84885-608-0. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hughes
  2. ^ "Thor and the Amazon Women" (1963) Film Obscurities Retrieved March 13, 2013 [1]
  3. ^ "Thor and the Amazon Women" (1963) Internet Movie Database (IMDb) Retrieved March 13, 2013 [2]
  4. ^ "Thor and the Amazon Women/Le gladiatrici" Euro-Fever Blogspot Retrieved March 13, 2013 [3]
  5. ^ Klossner, Michael (2006) Prehistoric Humans in Film and Television: 581 Dramas, Comedies and Documentaries, 1905–2004. London: McFarland & Co., page 141
  6. ^ "Thor and the Amazon Women" Yahoo Movies Retrieved March 13, 2013
  7. ^ ”Thor and the Amazon Women” (2011) Video Hound Golden Movie Retriever. New York: Gale, page 927

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