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      The Ark of the Sun God

      1984 1h 38m Action Adventure List
      Reviews 11% Audience Score 50+ Ratings In Istanbul, a cat burglar (David Warbeck) is hired to steal a priceless artifact from the fabled tomb of Gilgamesh. Read More Read Less Watch on Prime Video Stream Now

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      Alan Jones Starburst There's plenty of local color coupled with panoramic vistas to keep one's attention in check when the slight plot falters. Aug 2, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Christopher P Inexpensive, but NOT cheap, Italian adventure film cashing in on the popularity of "Indiana Jones". Fun and well put together with some good action scenes and some great miniature work! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/28/22 Full Review Audience Member British agents hire a safecracker to find a valuable ancient sceptre. Pretty entertaining Raiders of the Lost Ark ripoff. A Turkish-Italian production that reunites much of the cast of Hunters of the Golden Cobra (also pretty good). Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member British agents hire a safecracker to find a valuable ancient sceptre. Pretty entertaining Raiders of the Lost Ark ripoff. A Turkish-Italian production that reunites much of the cast of Hunters of the Golden Cobra (also pretty good). Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Safecracker is hired to uncover ancient treasure in Turkey--the Sceptre of Gilgamesh. Dimestore Raiders of the Lost Ark lacks the appeal of Indiana Jones; although liked how Warbeck calls his ladyfriend 'Pussycat'--and she seemed to enjoy it as well. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Kinda fun Raiders of the Lost Ark knockoff. Nothing to write home about. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Welcome to another chapter of the lost Italian action "classics" of director Antonio Margheriti. This episode is for his second of three Indiana Jones rip-offs entitled The Ark of the Sun God. What's ironic is that there isn't even an Ark in the damn movie! Also look at that old VHS cover artwork, it even has a what looks like the "ark of the covenant" at the top despite again NOT having an ark in the movie! We already know it's an Indiana Jones rip-off so they didn't have to make it look like it was more than it already was! Like Margheriti's first rip-off Hunters of the Golden Cobra, we get another adventurer played by cult great David Warbeck. He's actually more of an thief expert here and is hired by a millionaire to locate a tomb in turkey (within a mountain shaped like a swastika no less!) in order to obtain a priceless scepter (not an ark!). While on his adventure he battles booby traps and other baddies also greedy to get their hands on the treasure. Sadly I have not seen Hunters of the Golden Cobra so I cannot draw any connections but I have seen Margeriti's next film Jungle Raiders and I do have to say The Ark of the Sun God is better thanks to higher production values and a much more likable lead. There's something about Warbeck I like. He's almost like a little more serious version of Roger Moore (who is ironically mentioned in the movie). The action is in typical Marrgeriti cheesy fashion and there is plenty of it, trust me. Most of the action is takes on famous Indiana Jones sequences (an example is a rolling rock wheel as opposed to a giant bolder, snake pits, tarantulas and the likes). Sun God did beat Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade to the punch by having rats in a sewer attack our heroes. Indiana Jones ripping off an Indiana Jones rip-off... I like that! Not surprisingly this rip-off has many flaws. The first major flaw is the car chases completely filmed with miniatures. I never seen car chases before completely filmed this way and it came out cheap and sticking out like a sore thumb. The second is the Warbeck's girlfriend who offers nothing more than eye candy. She supplies no plot relevance and mostly stays in motel rooms and bedrooms throughout the film. The villains are also extremely poorly developed and only appear now and again to disrupt our hero from his goal. Overall I found this to be a fun, cheesy rip-off adventure with a likable lead and some interesting, if awkward action sequences. Fans who only find pleasure in American cinema will no doubt find this a boring, cheap clone but Italian cult fanatics will definitely want to hunt this lost treasure down. Sadly the only U.S. DVD release is from a shit company (Televista) and from what I have gathered from other cult fans the transfer looks like it was taken from a third generation VHS. People are better off hunting down the rare Italian DVD or just buying an old VHS. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In Istanbul, a cat burglar (David Warbeck) is hired to steal a priceless artifact from the fabled tomb of Gilgamesh.
      Director
      Anthony M. Dawson
      Screenwriter
      Giovanni Simonelli
      Production Co
      Flora Film
      Genre
      Action, Adventure
      Original Language
      Italian
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 18, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 38m
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