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Muscle-Head Film Festival
and 'Swords & Sandals' Movies

still of Steve Reeves in "Hercules" [1957]             books about
'muscle-head' movies

the stars

series characters
Rocky Balboa, Conan,
G.I. Joe, Hercules, Maciste,
John McClane, Rambo

selected other movies, A to Z

image gallery

links

Sword & Sandals movies, Sword & Sorcery movies, heroic Rocky & Rambo movies,
and tales based on the mythologies of the Greek & Roman & Norse gods,
mostly starring bodybuilders with their shirts off . . .

'Sword & Sandals' movie genre entry at Wikipedia
'Sword & Sorcery' movie genre entry at Wikipedia



Books About Muscle-Head Movies

With Fire and Sword book by Patrick Lucanio  "With Fire and Sword: Italian Spectacles On American Screens,
1958-1968" [1994] by Patrick Lucanio

Comprehensive study of the English-dubbed 'sword & sandal' Italian spectacles
produced in the 1960s, with a filmography of over 300 films, bibliography & index

Scarecrow Press hardcover [6/94] for $79.11
Retro Stud Muscle Movie Posters book by David Chapman  "Retro Stud: Muscle Movie Posters From Around The World" [2002]
by David Chapman

Collectors Press hardcover [10/2002] out of print/used
Vikings On Film book edited by Kevin J. Harty  "The Vikings On Film: Essays On Depictions of The Nordic Middle Ages"
[2011] Edited by Kevin J. Harty

McFarland & Co. 10x7 pb [4/2011] for $38.00
Essays on the Sword and Sandal Film book edited by Michael Cornelius  "Of Muscles and Men: Essays On The Sword and Sandal Film" [2011]
Edited by Michael G. Cornelius

Mcfarland & Co. 9x6 pb [8/2011] for $40.00
Ancient Greece and Rome on Film book by Alastair A. L. Blanshard & Kim Shahabudin  "Classics On Screen: Ancient Greece and Rome On Film" [2012]
by Alastair A. L. Blanshard & Kim Shahabudin

Through analysis of ten influential films, this book examines the pervasive representation of Greece and Rome in popular and art-house cinema – a world of virtuous Christians, depraved pagans, gladiators, and muscle-bound demigods – an ancient world mythologized thru a potent mix of sex, violence and art.
Duckworth Publrs 9x6 pb [1/2012] for $32.95



Muscle-Head Stars


Gina Carano
IMDb listingWikipedia

Haywire 2011 starring Gina Carano  "Haywire" [Relativity Jan 2012]
When a black ops super soldier is betrayed and set up to be killed during a mission, she escapes and uses her expertise to exact revenge. Directed by Steven Soderbergh; written by Lem Dobbs; starring Gina Carano, Michael Angarano, Channing Tatum, Debby Lynn Ross, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, Julian Alcaraz, Aaron Cohen, Maximino Arciniega, Anthony Brandon Wong & Michael Fassbender
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbofficial websitemovie entry at Wikipedia

Announced 2/2012, Carano was cast in "In The Blood", an action thriller being directed by John Stockwell.


Lou Ferrigno
official Lou Ferrigno site
http://www.amazon.com/Hercules-Adventures-Lou-Ferrigno/dp/B00094ARU0/

"Hercules" [1983]

"The Seven Magnificent Gladiators" [1984]
Italian 'swords & sandals' remake of "The Magnificent Seven" [1960]

"Adventures of Hercules" [1985]


Mickey Hargitay [1926-2006]
also famous as husband (1958-64) of Jayne Mansfield [1933-67]


Bruce Lee [1940-73]
http://www.amazon.com/Bruce-Ultimate-Collection-Dragon-Death/dp/B000A9QK9Q/


Dolph Lundgren
listed as Amazon bestselling action star in 2008

"Expendables" & Expendables 2"
"Blood of Redemption" [Entertainment One 2012?] starring Dolph Lundgren & Vinnie Jones


Victor Mature [1913-99]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demetrius_and_the_Gladiators
http://www.amazon.com/Demetrius-Gladiators-Victor-Mature/dp/B000056AXZ/


Brigitte Nielsen


Chuck Norris


Steve Reeves [1926-2000]
http://www.amazon.com/Steve-Reeves-His-Legacy-Films/dp/B0011V2EU6/
http://www.amazon.com/Steve-Reeves-Jr-Milton-Moore/dp/0960813802/
http://www.amazon.com/Hercules-Collection-Steve-Reeves/dp/B001NFNFK8/
http://www.amazon.com/Steve-Reeves-Collection/dp/B000ZM1MI2/

"Athena" (1954) made in Hollywood
"Hercules" (1958) (The Labors of Hercules)
http://www.amazon.com/Hercules-Steve-Reeves/dp/B00005LKHN/
"Hercules Unchained" (1959) with Sylva Koscina
"Goliath and The Barbarians" (1959) (Terror of the Barbarians)
"The Giant of Marathon" (1959) /tt0052604/
"The Film Crew: The Giant of Marathon" (2007) (V) /tt1177909/
"The Last Days of Pompeii" (1959) (The Last Days of Pompeii)
"The White Warrior" (1959) (Hadji Murad, The White Devil) directed by Riccardo Freda
"Morgan, The Pirate" (1960) (Morgan, the Pirate)
"The Thief of Baghdad" (1961)
"The Trojan Horse" (1961) (The Trojan War)
"Duel of The Titans" (1961) (Romulus And Remus)
"A Long Ride From Hell" spaghetti Western [1968] as star & co-writer


Eugene Sandow [1867-1925]
The first famous performer to appear in front of Edison's camera (in 1894); considered the father of modern bodybuilding.
IMDb listing [1894-96]Wikipedia

http://www.amazon.com/Sandow-Magnificent-Beginnings-Bodybuilding-Society/dp/0252073061/
http://www.amazon.com/System-Physical-Training-Eugene-Sandow/dp/1456458256/
watch Library of Congress 1894 silent clip [0:57] free online on YouTube
watch "Eugen Sandow: The Perfect Man" [3:57] free online on YouTube


Arnold Schwarzenegger
listed as Amazon bestselling action star in 2008

"Red Sonja" [1985] starring Arnold Schwarzenegger & Brigitte Nielsen
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Sonja_(1985_film)

"Last Stand" [LionsGate/Roadshow Jan 2013]
Filmed in Belén, New Mexico during October 2011; produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura; directed
by Jee-Woon Kim; starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jaimie Alexander & Peter Stormare • latest info at IMDb

"Ten" [Open Road Films Jan 2014]
An elite D.E.A. task force team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a drug cartel safe house – then, one-by-one, the ten members mysteriously
start to be eliminated; directed by David Ayer, written by Skip Woods; starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joe Manganiello, Sam Worthington,
Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Max Martini, Josh Holloway, Olivia Williams & Mireille Enos • latest info at IMDb


Steven Seagal
listed as Amazon bestselling action star in 2008; apologist for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin from 2012
browse DVDsofficial websiteIMDb listingWikipedia

http://www.amazon.com/Steven-Seagal-Blu-ray-Collection-Under/dp/B009XDH51W/
http://www.amazon.com/Steven-Seagal-Collection/dp/B004SEUJ1O/
http://www.amazon.com/Steven-Seagal-Collection-Under-Siege/dp/B00EDZVLYM/
http://www.amazon.com/Film-Favorites-Steven-Seagal-Justice/dp/B0050MB5NO/
http://www.amazon.com/Film-Favorites-Steven-Seagal-Glimmer/dp/B000U1ZV6C/
http://www.amazon.com/Movie-Action-Collection-Driven-Return/dp/B00SYOJOLU/
http://www.amazon.com/Steven-Seagal-Lawman-Season-1/dp/B002WSZSNM/

"Seagalogy: The Ass-Kicking Films of Steven Seagal" book by Vern
http://www.amazon.com/Seagalogy-Ass-Kicking-Steven-Seagal-Updated-ebook/dp/B005C5MY34/ [2012]
http://www.amazon.com/Seagalogy-Study-Ass-Kicking-Steven-Seagal/dp/1845769279/ [2012]
http://www.amazon.com/Seagalogy-Study-Ass-Kicking-Steven-Seagal/dp/1845769279/ [2008]


Sylvester 'Sly' Stallone
browse Stallone on Instant Video & DVDofficial websiteIMDb listingWikipedia

Magic Lantern's Rocky Balboa Page

'Rambo' Movies Section below


Jean-Claude Van Damme from Belgium
listed as Amazon bestselling action star in 2008; known as the 'Muscles From Brussels'
browse Van Damme on Instant Video & DVDpostersIMDb listingWikipedia

"Bloodsport" []
"Universal Soldier" []

J.C.V.D. movie poster starring Jean-Claude Van Damme  "J.C.V.D." [France June 2008, USA Nov 2008]
Action-packed, comedic satire; what will an aging action movie hero do when a gun is put to his head by a real-life bank robber? Co-produced by & starring Jean-Claude Van Damme; co-written & directed by Mabrouk El Mechri
Peace Arch Home Ent. widescreen color DVD [4/2009] for $14.99
Peace Arch Home Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray [4/2009] for $25.99
full credits from IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia


Bruce Willis

'Die Hard' movies in the John McClane Section below



Muscle-Head  Characters


Magic Lantern's Rocky Balboa Page


Conan The Cimmerian

Robert E. Howard and Conan the Cimmerian Pages at Spirit of America Bookstore

"Conan 3-D" feature film  [Paradox/LionsGate Aug 2011]
Conan 2011 feature film starring Jason Momoa  Repeat of the basic Conan origin myth, with more/better special effects and in stereoscopic 3-D.
Directed by Marcus Nispel; starring Jason Momoa, Mickey Rourke, Said Taghmaoui, Stephen Lang, Rose McGowan, Rachel Nichols, Ron Perlman & Leo Howard
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia


G.I. Joe

"G.I. Joe: Sigma 6" TV series [2006] /tt0478074/
"G.I. Joe: Battle For The Serpent Stone" (2007) starring Scott Roberts /tt0985614/
"G.I. Joe: Resolute" TV series [2009] /tt1259299/
"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" [2009] /tt1046173/ starring Channing Tatum
"G.I. Joe: Renegades" TV series [2011] /tt1705038/

"G.I Joe: Retaliation" [Paramount March 2013?]
Announced 11/2012: Movie release bumped to 2013 to allow for 3-D conversion; not stated is that test audiences wanted
more scenes with Channing Tatum • latest info at IMDb

Announced 4/2013: After "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" made a whopping $132 million worldwide in its opening weekend,
Paramount began preliminary work on a third entry in the Hasbro action figure-based franchise.


Hercules
credits for character 'Hercules' [70+ titles] at IMDb

"Hercules" aka "The Labors of Hercules" [1958] starring Steve Reeves {above} /tt0050381/
http://www.amazon.com/Hercules-Steve-Reeves/dp/B00005LKHN/
"Hercules Unchained" [1959] starring Steve Reeves {above}, with Sylva Koscina /tt0052782/
"The Loves of Hercules" [1960] starring Mickey Hargitay /tt0053598/
"The Mighty Hercules" half-hour animated TV series [TransLux 1963–66] /tt0271917/
"Hercules In New York" [1969] starring Arnold Schwarzenegger /tt0065832/
"Hercules" [1983] starring Lou Ferrigno /tt0085672/
"The Adventures of Hercules II" [1985] starring Lou Ferrigno /tt0089271/
"Hercules" 51-episode animated TV series [Disney 1998–99] /tt0138967/
"Young Hercules" 49-episode TV series [MCA-TV 1998–99] starring Ryan Gosling /tt0169516/

"The Legend of Hercules" [Millennium/Summit Jan 2014]
Co-written & directed by Renny Harlin • latest info at IMDb

"Hercules: The Thracian Wars" [M.G.M. July 2014]
Announced 11/2012: scheduled to go in production in early 2013; Peter Berg, Sarah Aubrey & Jesse Berger will executive produce; Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
is signed to star; to be directed by Brett Ratner, from a script adapted from Radical Studio’s 2008 graphic novels • latest info at IMDb

"Hercules: The Beginning" [2014?]
Co-written & produced by and starring Alexander Nevsky • latest info at IMDb


'Maciste' Movies
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maciste
Former strongman Bartolomeo Pagano portrayed Maciste in twenty-eight films from Italy between
1914 and 1927, based on the character introduced in "Cabiria" [1914].
The most popular film in the silent Maciste series was "Maciste In Hell" [1925]


John McClane
'Die Hard' movies entry at Wikipedia

"Die Hard" [1988] starring Bruce Willis /tt0095016/
adapted from the 1979 novel "Nothing Lasts Forever" by Roderick Thorp

"Die Hard 2: Die Harder" [1990] /tt0099423/

"Die Hard With A Vengeance" [1995] /tt0112864/

"Live Free or Die Hard" aka "Die Hard 4.0" [2007] /tt0337978/

"Die Hard V: A Good Day To Die Hard" [Fox release Feb 2013?] /tt1606378/
Announced 2011: Script by Skip Woods; commercials director Noam Murro hired to direct;
9/2011: director John Moore hired to replace Murro; 2/2012: "Spartacus" star Jai Courtney will portray
John McClane’s son; added 5/2012: Amaury Nolasco & Megalyn Echikunwoke


'Rambo' Movies
film series entry at Wikipedia
Rambo Wiki website

Rambo Complete Collector's Set on Blu-ray  "Rambo: The Complete Collector's Set" DVD & Blu-ray Box Sets [2008]
LionsGate Home Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray set [7/2010] 4 disks for $29.99
LionsGate Home Ent. widescreen color DVD set [5/2008] 6 disks for $23.15
contains 4 feature films: "First Blood" [1982]; "Rambo: First Blood Part II" [1985]; "Rambo III" [1988]; and "Rambo 4" on 2 disks [2008]; extras include Survival Mode option, 16 featurettes, audio commentaries by Sylvester Stallone and directors George P. Cosmatos & Peter MacDonald, deleted scenes, theatrical trailers & more

"First Blood" [1982]

"Rambo: First Blood Part II" [1985]
LionsGate Home Ent. Extended Cut widescreen color Blu-ray [7/2010] for $7.99

"Rambo III" [1988]

Rambo Trilogy
LionsGate Home Ent. widescreen color Blu-ray [5/2008] 3 disks for $24.99
Artisan Home Ent. widescreen color DVD [11/2004] 3 disks for $18.99

"Rambo 4" [2008] on 2 disks

"Rambo 5: Last Stand" [LionsGate 2013?]
Announced 2 2012: Legally speaking, the onscreen John Rambo doesn’t belong to author David Morrell or to
actor-director Sylvester Stallone, but rather to LionsGate, who released the last “Rambo” film in 2008 to a $113 million
worldwide gross. In other words, "Rambo 5" will happen with or without Stallone. Writer Sean Hood is working on
the script, and he tweeted to fans that Sly is still very much involved in the next installment, which might be either
an ‘Unforgiven’ or a ‘passing of the torch’ storyline • latest info at IMDb


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Selected Films, A to Z

Warriors 50 Movie Pack on DVD  "Warriors 50 Movie Pack Collection" DVD Box Set [2006]
Mill Creek Ent. DVD set [4/2006] 13 disks for $26.99
contains 50 feature films: "Ali Baba & The Seven Saracens" [1964]; "Atlas In The Land of The Cyclops" [1961]; "The Avenger" [1962] starring Steve Reeves; "Caesar The Conqueror" [1962]; "Cleopatra's Daughter" [1960] starring Debra Paget; "Colossus & The Amazon Queen" [1960] starring Rod Taylor; "Colossus & The Head-hunters" [1963]; "The Conqueror of The Orient" [1960]; "Damon and Pythias"
[1962]; "David and Goliath" [1960] with Orson Welles; "Duel of Champions" [1961] with Alan Ladd; "Fire Monsters Against The Son of Hercules" [1962]; "Fury of Achilles" [1962]; "Fury of Hercules" [1962]; "The Giant of Marathon" [1959] starring Steve Reeves; "The Giants of Rome" [1964]; "The Giants of Thessaly" [1960]; "Gladiator of Rome" [1962]; "Goliath & The Dragon" [1960] with Broderick Crawford; "Goliath & The Sins of Babylon" [1963]; "Hercules Against The Barbarians" [1964]; "Hercules Against The Mongols" [1963];
"Hercules Against The Moon Men" [1964]; "Hercules & The Captive Women" [1961] with Fay Spain; "Hercules & The Masked Rider" [1963]; "Hercules & The Princess of Troy" [1965]; "Hercules & The Tyrants of Babylon" [1964]; "Hercules The Invincible" [1964]; "Hercules Unchained" [1959] starring Steve Reeves; "Hero of Rome" [1964]; "Herod The Great" [1959] starring Edmund Purdom; "Kindar The Invulnerable" [1965]; "The Last of The Vikings" [1961] with Edmund Purdom; "Maciste In King Solomon's Mines" [1964]; "Mole Men Against The Son of Hercules" [1961]; "Queen of The Amazons" [??]; "Romu-lus & The Sabines" [1961] starring Roger Moore; "Samson and The Seven Miracles of The World" [1961]; "Son of Samson" [1960]; "Spartacus and The Ten Gladiators" [1964]; "The Ten Gladiators" [1963]; "Thor & The Amazon Women" [1963]; "Triumph of The Son of Hercules" [1961]; "Two Gladiators" [1964]; "Ulysses Against The Son of Hercules" [1962]; "Ursus In the Land of Fire" [1963]; "Ursus In the Valley of The Lions" [1961]; "Vengeance of Ursus" [1961]; "Vulcan, Son of Jupiter" [1962]; and "The White Warrior" [1959] starring Steve Reeves

Muscle Madness DVD box set  "Muscle Madness: 5 Big Movies" DVD Box Set [2009]
Retromedia widescreen DVD set [5/2009] 3 disks for $22.49
contains 5 widescreen color feature films: "The Giant of Marathon" [1959] starring Steve Reeves; "Colossus and The Amazon Queen" [1960] starring Rod Taylor; "The Avenger"
[1962] starring Steve Reeves; "Goliath and The Sins of Babylon" [1963] starring Mark Forest; and "Hercules Against The Moon Men" [1964] starring Alan Steele

"Barbarian Queen" [studio 1985]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbarian_Queen

"Barbarian Queen II: The Empress Strikes Back" [studio 1989]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbarian_Queen_II:_The_Empress_Strikes_Back

"Berserker" [in development]  
Announced 2/2012: Mel Gibson never gave up on his longterm dream of a Viking epic, and has just received the
second draft of a Viking script from Randall Wallace, who wrote "Braveheart" [1995] • not yet listed on IMDb

"Erik The Conqueror" [studio 1963]
http://www.amazon.com/Erik-Conqueror-Alice-Kessler/dp/B000RIWB2A/

"The Expendables" [LionsGate Aug 2010]
The Expendables 2010 movie poster  A team of mercenaries hired to assassinate a South American dictator discovers that their mission is a ruse ... Co-written & directed by Sylvester Stallone; co-written by Dave Callaham; starring Steve Austin, Charisma Carpenter, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis & David Zayas
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediaofficial movie site

"The Expendables 2" [LionsGate 2012]
Announced 9/2011: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, producer Sylvester Stallone, and director Simon West
are signed; original cast members Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Steve Austin
& Jet Li are expected to return, with rumors that Chuck Norris & Jean-Claude Van Damme may also participate

"ExpendaBelles" spinoff [Millenium 2013?]
Announced 10/2012: An attempt to show 'the feminine side of the mercenary business' from writers Karen McCullah Lutz & Kirsten Smith;
much younger cast will include Gina Carano ("Haywire") and Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica") • not yet listed at IMDb

"The Expendables 3" [LionsGate]

"Fire and Ice" animated feature [studio 1983]
collaboration between animator Ralph Bakshi and artist Frank Frazetta
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_and_Ice_(1983_film)

"Gladiator" [studio 19xx]

"Hammer of The Gods" TV movie [2009] /tt1260572/

"Hammer of The Gods" [Magnolia/Magnet VOD release 2013?]
Announced 11/2012: Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing will distribute via Ultra VOD in 2013; the Viking epic is set in 871 AD Britain and depicts
the grueling journey of a young warrior sent by his father (the king) to find his estranged brother, who was banished many years before;
directed by Farren Blackburn; written by Matthew Read; starring Charlie Bewley & James Cosmo • latest info at IMDb

"Pain and Gain" [Paramount 2013?]
Announced 4/2012: Producer Michael Bay and director Ken Jeong are prepping the dark-comedy action thriller based
on a true story of body builders in Miami Beach who headed a kidnapping & extortion ring; signed cast includes
Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris, Tony Shaloub, Anthony Mackie, Rebel Wilson, Bar Paly
latest info at IMDb

"Pompeii" [Constantin Film/TriStar Pictures Feb 2014?]
starring Kit Harington, Kiefer Sutherland, Emily Browning, Carrie-Anne Moss, Paz Vega
full credits at IMDbwatch 8/2013 official trailer [1:44] at YouTube

"Return of The Gladiator" [Italy 1971] /tt0200036/
http://www.amazon.com/Return-Gladiator-Albert-Farley/dp/B001SGEUD8/

"Spartacus" [Bryna Prodns / Universal Pictures Oct 1960, restored 1991] /tt0054331/
Co-produced by & starring Kirk Douglas; directed by Stanley Kubrick & Anthony Mann; script by [blacklistee]
Dalton Trumbo, based on the novel by [blacklistee] Howard Fast; original music by Alex North; also starring Laurence
Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, Woody Strode, Tony Curtis & George Kennedy
When "Spartacus" was restored & re-issued in 1991, a lost audio track required that expert mimic Anthony Hopkins dub the dialogue for Olivier

"Spartacus" [USA Network / Universal April 2004]
3-hour TV movie /tt0361240/

"Spartacus" TV Series on Starz Network [2010-2013]
http://www.starz.com/originals/spartacus/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spartacus_(TV_series)

"Spartacus: Blood and Sand - Season 1" [Starz Media 2010] /tt1442449/
13-episode TV series broadcast Jan-April 2010 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spartacus:_Blood_and_Sand
http://www.amazon.com/Spartacus-Blood-Complete-Season-Blu-ray/dp/B003PIUC02/
http://www.amazon.com/Spartacus-Blood-Complete-First-Season/dp/B003PIUBZS/

"Spartacus: Gods of The Arena - Prequel" [Starz Media 2011] /tt1758429/
6-episode TV series broadcast Jan-Feb 2011 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spartacus:_Gods_of_the_Arena
http://www.amazon.com/Spartacus-Arena-Blu-ray-John-Hannah/dp/B004HW7JMY/
http://www.amazon.com/Spartacus-Gods-Arena-Complete-Collection/dp/B004HW7JMO/

"Spartacus: Vengeance - Season 2" [Starz Media Jan 2012]
10-episode TV series broadcast Jan-March 2012 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spartacus:_Vengeance
http://www.amazon.com/Spartacus-Vengeance-Complete-Second-Blu-ray/dp/B0072OFOM6/
http://www.amazon.com/Spartacus-Vengeance-Complete-Second-Season/dp/B0072OFM28/

"Spartacus: War of The Damned - Season 3" [Starz Media Jan 2013?]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spartacus:_War_of_the_Damned

"Thor" [Marvel Studios 2011]
Kenneth Branagh directed this year’s “Thor”, which grossed more than $448 million worldwide.

"Thor 2" [Marvel Studios 2012?]
Announced 10/2011: Marvel has hired director Patty Jenkins for “Thor 2”; Marvel’s Kevin Feige will
produce; Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman & Tom Hiddleston are signed to star.

"Turok, Son of Stone: A Legend Is Born"
[Starz Media video release Feb 2008]
Turok, Son of Stone aAnimated feature film  Animated feature based on the popular comics series; film covers the origin story of Turok, with his pals Andar, Nashoba and Catori back in the Stone Age when dinosaurs and brutal cave men roamed the world. Supervising director Tad Stones; voices of Adam Beach, Irene Bedard, Gil Birmingham, Adam G. & Robert Knepper
Classic Media widescreen color DVD [2/2008] for $7.93
full credits at IMDbTurok entry at Wikipedia
Turok: Son of Stone Archives comics reprints  "Turok: Son of Stone Archives" [2009+]
by Alberto Giolitti, Paul S. Newman & Matthew H. Murphy

Volume 1 (6 issues): Dark Horse 10½x7 hardcover [3/2009] for $31.49
Volume 2 (6 issues): Dark Horse 10½x7 hardcover [7/2009] for $36.45
Volume 3 (6 issues): Dark Horse 10½x7 hardcover [8/2009] for $37.96
Volume 4 (6 issues 1960-61): Dark Horse 10½x7 hardcover [11/2009] for $37.96
Volume 5 (6 issues): Dark Horse 10½x7 hardcover [3/2010] for $36.49
Volume 6 (6 issues): Dark Horse 10½x7 hardcover [7/2010] for $31.49
Volume 7 (6 issues, 1964-65): Dark Horse 10½x7 hardcover [11/2010] for $36.49
Volume 8 (6 issues, 1965-66): Dark Horse 10½x7 hardcover [5/2011] for $31.49

"The Vanguard" [release 2012?]
Announced 7/2011: Two Viking warriors banished to North America embark on the dangerous return to
their native Sweden; script by Chris Boal, starring Alexander Skarsgard • not yet listed on IMDb

"The Viking" [1928 color silent feature] /tt0019532/

"The Viking Sagas" [studio 1995]
http://www.amazon.com/Viking-Sagas-Ralf-Moeller/dp/B000FUF7B2/

"The Vikings" [M.G.M. June 1958] /tt0052365/
Directed by Richard Fleischer; script by Calder Willingham & Dale Wasserman, based on the Edison Marshall
novel "The Viking"; starring Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine & Janet Leigh

"Vikings" [History Channel March 2013?]
Announced 5/2011: 10-episode drama series for 2012 about Viking hero Ragnar Lodbrok; announced 3/2012:
History Channel's “Vikings” is set to air in Summer 2013; producer is Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, series creator
is Michael Hirst (of "The Tudors" and "Elizabeth"); added 5/2012: Gabriel Byrne is set to star, with George Blagden
news 4/2013: second season of ten episodes greenlighted, for 2014 broadcast • latest info at IMDb

"Vicky The Viking"
The character of Wickie the Viking, always smarter than the adults in his village, was created by Swedish children's author Runer Jonsson [1916-2006]; the book series of seven novels was published from 1963 thru 1993. The Japanese cartoon series of 78 episodes was produced in 1974 and broadcast in Europe and later in Australia; the re-dubbed American TV series of 26 episodes was syndicated in 1974. The German-language box-office hit live-action feature film was released in 2009, and a sequel in 2011.

"Vicky The Viking" cartoon TV series
[ZDF-TV/ORF-TV/KRO-TV 1974-1975]
'Vicky The Viking' cartoon TV series from 1974  Production title "Chîsana Baikingu Bikke"; 78 episodes of 23 minutes each produced in Japan, then dubbed and broadcast in Germany and Austria and Netherlands; also broadcast on Network Ten and Network Eleven in Australia in 2013; the American series appears to be two seasons of 26 episodes each, dubbed in English and released for syndication in U.S.A. in January 1974 • Directed by Chikao Katsui & Hiroshi Saitô
full credits at IMDboriginal series entry at WikipediaAustralian series entry at Wikipedia
German-language series siteJapanese-language series site
watch 6/2013 German-language series official trailer [2:12] online at YouTube
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray of the German & Japanese & Australian versions not available
English-language American version is available on Amazon Instant Video
"Vicky The Viking" Season One {26 episodes}: Amazon Instant Video [9/2015] season purchase $9.99
"Vicky The Viking" Season Two {26 episodes}: Amazon Instant Video [9/2015] season purchase $9.99

"Wickie und die Starken Männer (Wickie and The Strong Men)"
[Constantin Film Germany Sept 2009, USA 2012?]
Wickie und die Starken Männer / Vickie The Viking from Germany  Major German box-office hit, to be released in USA as "Vickie The Viking"; the 11-year-old son of a Viking chief goes along on several raids with his father and proves to be much more clever than the brutish adults. Co-produced, co-written & directed by Michael 'Bully' Herbig; co-written by Alfons Bieder-mann, based on children's books by Runer Jonsson [1916-2006]; starring Jonas Hämmerle, Waldemar Kobus, Nic Romm, Christian Koch, Olaf Krätke, Mike Maas, Patrick Reichel, Jörg Moukaddam, Mercedes Jadea Diaz, Sanne Schnapp, Ankie Beilke, Günther Kaufmann, Christoph Maria Herbst
Region 1 DVD/Blu-ray not available (2016)
full credits at IMDbGerman-language movie sitewatch 8/2009 official trailer [3:18] online at YouTube

"The Making of Wickie und Die Starken Männer" 51-minute docufilm [2010]: IMDb credits

"Kinospecial zum Film Wickie und Die Starken Männer" 43-minute docufilm [2010]
IMDb creditswatch promo [7:43] online at YouTube

"Wickie auf Großer Fahrt (Wickie On The Great Ride)" sequel
[Constantin Film Germany Sept 2011]
Wickie auf Großer Fahrt / Wickie On The Great Ride from Germany  English-language title "Vicky and The Treasure of The Gods"; Halvar orders his Viking marauders to rob a convoy of knights; the bumbling adults fail to notice that young Wickie is captured and thrown in among a cargo of Eskimo slaves (who are carrying an Icelandic treasure map . . .) Released in 3-D; co-written & directed by Christian Ditter; co-written by Neil Ennever, based on children's books by Runer Jonsson [1916-2006]; starring Jonas Hämmerle, Waldemar Kobus, Nic Romm, Valeria Eisenbart, Christian Koch, Olaf Krätke, Mike Maas, Patrick Reichel, Jörg Moukaddam, Sanne Schnapp, Mercedes Jadea Diaz, Gisa Flake, Franka Much, Paul Hahn, Eva Padberg, Constanze Lindner, Ella-Maria Gollmer, Felix Decker, Günther Kaufmann, Christoph Maria Herbst
Region 1 DVD/Blu-ray not available (2016)
full credits at IMDb placeholder movie sitewatch 7/2011 official trailer [2:12] online at YouTube

"The Making of Wickie auf Großer Fahrt 3-D" 23-minute docufilm [2011]:
IMDb creditswatch online [23:06] at YouTube


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