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Attack of the Kurds
El Ataque de los Kurdos / Fury of the Sabers

West Germany/Spain 1965
produced by
Artur Brauner, Eberhard Meichsner (executive) for CCC Filmkunst, Blacázar Producciones Cinematográficas
directed by Franz Josef Gottlieb
starring Lex Barker, Ralf Wolter, Marie Versini, Dieter Borsche, Chris Howland, George Heston (= Djordje Nenadovic), Sieghardt Rupp, Gustavo Rojo, Gloria Cámara, Fernando Sancho, Anne-Marie Blanc, Antonio Casas, Charles Fawcett, Antonio Iranzo, Rolf Rolphs, Fernando Rubio
screenplay by Franz Josef Gottlieb, based on the novel by Karl May, music by Gerard Muller, Raimund Rosenberger

Kara Ben Nemsi, Kara Ben Nemsi at CCC-Filmkunst, Karl May at CCC-Filmkunst

review by
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Directly following the events of The Wild Men of Kurdistan:

The Machredsch of Mossul (George Heston) has obviously survived his fall to the death, and has since hooked up with Abu Seif (Sieghardt Rupp), and the two want to a) attack the fortress of Marah Durimeh (Anne-Marie Blanc), a sort-of regional holy woman trying to unite Christians and Muslims for the sake of eternal peace, to steal her vast treasures, and b) lure Kara Ben Nemsi (Lex Barker) into a trap and dispose of him in some gruesome way or other.

The plan seems to work, as Kara, along with his sidekick Hadschi Halef Omar (Ralf Wolter), Prince Ahmed (Gustavo Rojo) and his fiancée Ingdscha (Marie Versini), the granddaughter of Marah Durimeh, soon get on their way to warn Marah Durimeh, and the villains have little problems to kidnap Ingdscha and lure the others out onto a salt lake, where they are supposed to find their deaths ... but Kara's dog Dojan - a German shepherd, because after all, Kara is a German - shows them a way out of the lake. But once out, our heroes almost immediately fall into the hands of Sheik Zedar (Antonio Casas), who in turn runs into the Machredsch of Mossul, who demands the three are handed over to him, and he even sneaks his way back into the Padischah's (Fernando Sancho) trust in order to get a warrant for them.

With them out of the way, the Machredsch figures it will be an easy task to attack Marah Durimeh's fortress, even without the help of Abu Seif, with whom he has in the meantime fallen out. Once Kara and friends are handed over to the Padischah however, Kara can quickly convince him of his righteousness, and they race to Marah's fortress, which is already under attack from Abu Seif and his men - but Prince Ahmed is able to mobilize his men, the Haddedihn, to attack Abu Seif's men, and ultimately he is able to free Ingdscha and kill Abu Seif in a sword duel.

... and then the Machredsch attacks with his men, and everything seems lost - but Kara and Halef make up a plan to attack the Machredsch's men from behind, and soon, the Machredsch's soldiers are fighting a losing battle, and the Machredsch, who has succeeded in killing Marah Durimeh, finds himself on the run from Kara once more, until they duke it out on a cable railway high above the ground, and again, Kara manages to push the Machredsch to his death in the end, just like in The Wild Men of Kurdistan.

 

Filmed back to back with The Wild Men of Kurdistan, Attack of the Kurds is essentially more of the same, an adventure movie high on action but rather weak on story, filmed in impressive Spanish landscapes including some Mauretanian settings. Actually, the whole thing is pretty good-looking, it's just lacking in content.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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