The Ark of the Sun God (1984)

  • Year: 1984
  • Released: 10 May 1984
  • Country: Italy, Turkey
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  • Language: Italian
  • MPA Rating: TV-PG
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
  • Runtime: 98 min
  • Writer: Giovanni Paolucci, Giovanni Simonelli
  • Director: Antonio Margheriti
  • Cast: David Warbeck, John Steiner, Susie Sudlow
  • Keywords: treasure, temple, cult, treasure hunt, thief, burned alive,

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A safecracker takes a job where he must go to Istanbul and steal a scepter that once belonged to the god Gilgamesh but is now in the temple of a secret cult.

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The Ark of the Sun God Movie Reviews

More Margheriti / Warbeck / Steiner fun

I wholeheartedly agree with the other commenter who referred to “Ark of the Sun God” as a reunion of the dream team that previously made the similarly themed “Hunters of the Golden Cobra”. Director Margheriti and cult cinema actors David Warbeck and John Steiner (and, optionally, Luciano Pigozzi as well) really do form a dream team and their exciting and adrenalin-rushing Indiana Jones imitations are truly a must for all fans of the Italian exploitation industry. Personally, I think “Ark of the Sun God” isn’t half as action-packed and memorable as the aforementioned “Hunters of the Golden Cobra”, but it still is a far above average and amusing adventure-movie with likable characters and some impressively spectacular stunts. David Warbeck portrays the acclaimed safe-cracker Rick Spears, traveling with his sexy girlfriend to Istanbul supposedly for a routing burglary job. It quickly turns out his hirers wanted to test his skills and entice him into accepting a much more adventurous job, namely the search for the lost Temple of the Sun God with its entrance gate of pure gold and the incredibly valuable scepter hidden somewhere in the tomb of the king. The journey to trace down the Temple is full of dangerous traps and the ill-tempered descendant of the Sun God also sends his troops after Rick to recover the treasures. “The Ark of the Sun God” (the “Ark”-part is presumably just to cash-in on “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, as there’s not an ark in sight) is a simple and straightforward adventure movie without much pretension, but with a lot of heart and spirit. It’s simultaneously a buddy-movie with fun dialogs and comical situations and an action flick with delightfully fake car chases and virulent shootouts. Antonio Margheriti’s direction is taut & fast as always, since he had an average of 3 films per year to deliver, and the majority of the cast clearly had an awesome time starring in this light-headed cult production. Although the ratings and reviews for this film are better, I would like to encourage fans to track down “The Hunters of the Golden Cobra”. It simply has more ingenious action bits, including plane crashes, truck explosions, spiders, snake pits, cockfighting, black magic, spells, poisonous darts and volcano eruptions.

Okay juvenile adventure starring David Warbeck

ARK OF THE SUN GOD is an INDIANA JONES & 007 copy that’s an okay time waster. The real reason to watch this Italian made film is David Warbeck (THE BEYOND) who’s a great action star, imo. He would have made a fun James Bond. The production values are good. I really enjoyed the car chase made with models, not real cars. And some of the effects at the end were pretty good. But the whole film is hampered by a grubby look/feel about it (dark and dreary sets; the two old and overweight men at Warbeck’s side) and a vivid sense of Deja Vu for anyone who has already seen YOR, THE HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE, which sorta keeps it from being more fresh and fun. And that stupid song was really annoying. But it’s a must-see for fans of David Warbeck. Those who don’t know him or Italian cinema in general will probably not like this though.

Worth a bag of popcorn and a soda

The story of a safe cracker hired to help find a lost scepter thats hidden in a lost tomb is nothing more than an entertaining diversion. No, its no where near the level of say an Indiana Jones film or some of the great Hollywood action films, however it is an entertaining little film, perfect for a rainy weekend afternoon. An Italian/Turkish co-production this film sports sights that are not the sort you’ve seen a thousand times before, indeed it appears to have been filmed in the much under used cities and county side of Turkey. The story is good and moves along nicely. The actors, many of which are Euro-trash and exploitation regulars handle themselves nicely. You’ll forgive the lack of detail, but this is a simply a good mindless movie thats worth seeing, even though it will disappear from your brain not long after.