3 March 2019 | Bezenby
The title sounds like a Sun Ra album, but this film is really a cheap and cheerful knock-off of Raiders of the Lost Ark, with a few unintentional guffaws to be had along the way.
In Istanbul, plucky cat burglar David Warbreck arrives with his much younger wife and without her knowing (she's a really heavy sleeper) he sneaks out and breaks into a mansion, not knowing that it was a test set by rich Englishman John Steiner. What Steiner really wants Warbreck to do is find and steal the spectre of Gilgamesh, which in no way resembles any other ancient relic sought by any other handsome rogue in the desert.
Many problems face Warbreck - there are a bunch of religious guys who worship the spectre and want it for themselves and people keep trying to kidnap his wife. Without repeating the plot from Raiders of the Lost Ark, let's just get to the bits of this film that make it worth watching.
One aspect is the trio of David Warbreck, John Steiner, and Luciano Pigozzi. Pigozzi's an old man by this point in his career, but he's got a large part here for a change and his grizzled face adds character to the film. Warbreck always makes a good action star and Steiner's eccentric rich guy schtick is always welcome. There's also the glaring fact that, when you think about it, Warbreck et al are the bad guys and the religious sect are merely trying to stop the foreign devils from stealing what's rightfully theirs!
The other, best part of the film is Margheriti's reliance on minature sets. He even uses them in a car chase at one point - with toy cars! Saves money and gives me a laugh at the same time. I also burst out laughing when Warbreck not only stole an innocent guy's car, he also punched him in the face for good measure.
All in all, this is just a knock-off, but it's a fun time anyway. There's not much violence until the end, where the religious sect get what's coming to them, and the white man gets what's rightfully his - Johnny Foreigner's cool stuff!