I nuovi barbari (1982)

Italy, 1982
87m (UK), 94m
35mm film, Techniscope, colour, 2.35:1
mono, Italian

An Italian science fiction film directed by Enzo G. Castellari.

Plot Summary

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a pair of mercenaries protect nomadic caravans from an army of evil .

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Enzo G. Castellari
© [not given on screen]
A DEAF International Film S.r.l production
A Film Produced by: Fabrizio De Angelis
Screenplay by: Tito Carpi, Enzo Girolami
Based on a story by: Tito Carpi
Director of Photography: Fausto Zuccoli
Film Editor: Gianfranco Amicucci
Music Composed by: Claudio Simonetti
Sound Recordist: Massimo Loffredi
Costumes: Mario Giorsi
Make-up: Gianni Morosi, Alberto Travaglini
Hairstyles: Armenio Marroni
Special Effects: Germano Natali
Production Design: Antonio Visone

Cast
Timothy Brent [real name: Giancarlo Prete] [Scorpion]
Fred Williamson [Nadir]
George Eastman [One]
Anna Kanakis [Alma]
Thomas Moore [real name: Ennio Girolami] [Shadow]
Venantino Venantini [Moses]
Massimo Vanni [Mako]
Giovanni Frezza [young mechanic]
Iris Peynado [Vinya]
Andrea Coppola [Mako's friend]
Vito Fornari
Zora Kerova
Fulvio Mingozzi
Enrica Saltutti
Marinella Troian
Patsy May McLachlan
Franco Salamon
Stefano Randazzo
Ivano Silveri

Alternative Titles

2019 – Os Bárbaros do Futuro – Brazil (video)
2019, i nuovi barbari – alternative title
Guerreiros do Futuro – Brazil (video)
Helvete år 2019 – Norway
Metropolis 2000
The New Barbarians
Los nuevos bárbaros – Spain
Uudet barbaarit – Finland
Warriors of the Wasteland – USA

Press

1983

Monthly Film Bulletin vol.50 no.595 (August 1983) pp.219-220
This is the minestrone version of Mad Max 2, shamelessly watered-down, warmed-over, and spiced with odd lumps of both Damnation Alley and, incongruously, Romero's Knightriders. It would be totally indigestible, of course, were it not for the inevitable absurdities that mark the gulf between inspiration and arrogantly inadequate execution. – from a review by Paul Taylor

1984
Variety 18 January 1984 p.24
The problem with Warriors, originally titled The New Barbarians, is endemic to the score of other recent Italian films of this ilk: going to the well once too often. Pic is akin to the 50th re-use of the same piece of carbon paper. Visual model here is mainly George Miller's Aussie-made hit The Road Warrior, with elements of Hal Needham's Megaforce and other pics. The story structure goes back even further, resembling Cornel Wilde's unsung sci-fier of 1970 No Blade of Grass, itself in turn influenced by Ray Milland's 1962 classic Panic in Year Zero. […] Derivative package includes a cute little blonde kid as auto mechanic, reminiscent of the Feral Kid in The Road Warrior, plus dialog from Escape from New York, (already slavishly copied by Castellari in his 1990: The Bronx Warriors and upcoming release Escape from the Bronx). The mistake is an overuse of slow motion, and in place of Miller's exciting high-speed action scenes, the car chases here (including Skorpion's souped-up late-1960s Pontiac Tempest) look to be occurring at 25 mph. Acting is flat, with cast articulating in English, but post-synch dialog is very artificial. Williamson has some fun moments, especially when a beautiful black girl is presented to him by the good guys, but even he must suffer through many pompous lines of dialog. Castellari, who played Mussolini in the recent tv miniseries The Winds of War, appears in a supporting role as one of the Templars. – from a review by Lor

References

Periodicals

  • City Limits no.91 (1 July 1983) p.26 – review
  • Écran Fantastique no.29 (December 1982) p.65 – review
  • Foreign Sales, Italian Movie Trade vol.8 no.11 (November 1982) p.13 (Italy) – note
  • Foreign Sales, Italian Movie Trade vol.9 no.2 (February 1983) p.18 (Italy) – credits and synopsis
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.50 no.595 (August 1983) pp.219-220 – credits, synopsis, review (by Paul Taylor)
  • Time Out no.671 (1 July 1983) p.37 – review
  • Variety 18 January 1984 p.24 – credits, review (by Lor)

Books

  • 80s Action Movies on the Cheap by Daniel R. Budnik pp.30 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Science Fiction by Phil Hardy (ed) p.383
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.305; 334
  • Horror in Silent Films: A Filmography, 1896-1929 by Roy Kinnard p.25-26
  • Nuclear Movies: A Filmography by Mick Broderick p.96