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La strada dei giganti (1960)

1860, the great Duchess of Parma, Maria Luisa, wants to provide her little state with train tracks, in spite of the opposition she gets from certain noble people.


Guido Malatesta


Arpad DeRiso (story and screenplay) (as Arpad De Riso), Guido Malatesta (story and screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Megowan ... Clint Farrell
Chelo Alonso ... Stella Von Kruger
Hildegard Knef ... Maria Luisa di Borbone (as Hildegarde Neff)
Ivo Garrani ... Vincent Micocci
Dario Michaelis Dario Michaelis ... Caporale Gerard
Nerio Bernardi ... Conrad
Paul Muller ... Conte Monza - sottosegretario di stato
Daniele Vargas
Jole Fierro Jole Fierro ... Margherita
Amedeo Trilli Amedeo Trilli
Mario Passante
Carlo Pisacane
Gloria Milland Gloria Milland ... (as Mara Fiè)
Fedele Gentile Fedele Gentile
Giancarlo Pinelli Giancarlo Pinelli
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1860, the great Duchess of Parma, Maria Luisa, wants to provide her little state with train tracks, in spite of the opposition she gets from certain noble people.

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Maria Luisa di Borbone: [to Clint Farrell] You make me feel like a woman. A real woman.
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Doomed to obscurity, a truly peculiar quasi-western...
13 May 2006 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

Doomed to obscurity, the film is a truly peculiar quasi-western set in the Piedmont between Parma and Austria. The odd mix of 19th century western style garb and dancehall saloon with 18th century court settings and costumes more akin to Louis XV is baffling and disorienting. But there's no lack of action as beefy American railroad engineer Don Megowan struggles valiantly to complete his railroad commissioned by the Grand Duchess of Piedmont (Hildegard Knef). Chelo Alonso is the (always) sultry Austrian countess sent to disrupt his work but instead winds up falling in love with the big lug. Her debut dance in the saloon must be seen to be believed; it's more appropriate for a sultan's harem. Disaster after disaster happens to impede the railway with some pretty hair-raising escapes and some fatalities. Not all of the sabotage comes from the Austrians, however. Altogether unsatisfying in toto but deserves high marks for the action sequences.

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Release Date:

8 April 1960 (Italy) See more »

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Valley of the Doomed See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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