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Director  Richard Thorpe
Music director  Renzo Rossellini
Language  English
5/10 IMDb

Genre  Action, Adventure, Drama
Running time  1h 23m
Country  Italy
The Tartars movie poster

Release date  1961
Writer  Domenico Salvati (story), Sabatino Ciuffini (story), Oreste Palella (story), Gaio Frattini (story), Ambrogio Molteni (story), Julian De Kassel (story), Domenico Salvati (screenplay), Sabatino Ciuffini (screenplay), Oreste Palella (screenplay), Gaio Frattini (screenplay), Ambrogio Molteni (screenplay), Julian De Kassel (screenplay)
Directors  Richard Thorpe, Ferdinando Baldi
Screenplay  Oreste Palella, Gaio Frattini, Sabatino Ciuffini, Ambrogio Molteni, Domenico Salvati, Julian De Kassel
Cast  Victor Mature (Oleg), Orson Welles (Burundai), Liana Orfei (Helga), Arnoldo Foà (Ciu Lang), Luciano Marin (Eric)
Similar movies  How to Train Your Dragon 2, The 13th Warrior, Outlander, Pathfinder, Vicky the Viking, Asterix and the Vikings
Tagline  The Tartars Vs. The Vikings!

The tartars original theatrical trailer

The Tartars/I Tartari is a 1961 Italian/Yugoslavian international co-production film starring Victor Mature and Orson Welles.


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In what is now Russia, a settlement of Vikings lives in peace with both the Tartars and the Slavs. All is well until Togrul, a Tartar chief seeks the help of Oleg, the chief of the Vikings to war on the Slavs in a surprise attack. Oleg refuses and the group does battle ending with Oleg killing Togrul and abducting Togrul's daughter Samia as a hostage.

Burundai, Togrul's brother is furious and wishes the Viking settlement burnt to the ground. His High Priest Ciu Lang reminds Burundai that Samia is promised to the leader of the Tartars as his wife; her safety and return has a higher priority than Burundai's revenge. Burundai gets his chance to retrieve Samia when a Viking longship is attacked with Helga, Oleg's wife and her handmaidens captured. Burundai initially promises to treat Helga well as an exchange for Samia but tortures Helga's handmaidens to discover the strength of the Vikings. He also rapes Helga and gives her to his men for their further pleasure prior to exchanging her for Samia. Meanwhile, Samia has fallen in love with Oleg's brother Eric and is pregnant with Eric's child.


  • Victor Mature ... Oleg
  • Orson Welles ... Burundai
  • Liana Orfei ... Helga
  • Arnoldo Foà ... Ciu Lang
  • Luciano Marin ... Eric
  • Bella Cortez ... Samia
  • Furio Meniconi ... Sigrun
  • Folco Lulli ... Togrul
  • Production

    Filming took place in Rome and Yugoslavia in October 1960.

    Box Office

    According to MGM records the movie made a profit of $34,000.


    Orson Welles' enunciation has been praised while Victor Mature has been considered a miscast for not having the looks of an archetypal Viking.


  • 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

    The Tartars Wikipedia
    The Tartars IMDb The Tartars