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Antonio Margheriti is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Assistant Director, Makeup Effects Designer, Special Effects Supervisor and Makeup Effects Italien born on 19 september 1930 at Rome (Italie)

Antonio Margheriti

Antonio Margheriti
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Nationality Italie
Birth 19 september 1930 at Rome (Italie)
Death 4 november 2002 (at 72 years) at Monterosi (Italie)

Antonio Margheriti (19 September 1930 – 4 November 2002), also known under the pseudonym Anthony M. Dawson, was a prolific Italian filmmaker. He was born in Rome and died in 2002 from a heart attack in Monterosi, Viterbo, near Rome at the age of 72.


Antonio Margheriti est considéré comme l'un des artisans les plus efficaces de la série B italienne.

D'abord technicien en effets spéciaux, Antonio Margheriti devient cinéaste dans les années 1960, s'illustrant presque uniquement dans le cinéma de genre. Il tourne des films de science-fiction, des péplums, des westerns spaghettis, des films d'horreur, des films érotiques... Ses films visant un marché international, il prend d'abord le pseudonyme d'Anthony Daisies (soit « Antoine Marguerites », traduction littérale de son vrai nom). Mais, ayant découvert que ce nom avait en anglais une connotation homosexuelle, il choisit de se faire appeler Anthony M. Dawson. Il ignorait cependant qu'un acteur britannique s'appelait Anthony Dawson, ce qui a entraîné par la suite quelques confusions. Le seul film qu'il signa de son vrai nom est Io ti amo (1968), un mélodrame avec Dalida.

En 1982, Antonio Margheriti réalise le mythique Yor, le chasseur du futur avec Reb Brown. Le film, répertorié sur nanarland, est classé comme l'un des '100 films les plus mauvais et les plus drôles de l'histoire du cinéma' dans le guide de John Wilson The Official Razzie Movie Guide.
Objet d'un véritable culte en Allemagne, le film bénéficie d'une page hommage sous son titre allemand : Einer Gegen das Imperium.

En 2009, dans le film Inglourious Basterds de Quentin Tarantino, un des basterds (Eli Roth) se fait passer pour un cameraman italien et dit se nommer : Antonio Margheriti. En 2019, Quentin Tarantino y fait encore mention dans son film Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, où le protagoniste Rick Dalton (incarné par Leonardo DiCaprio) part en Italie tourner différents films dont un certain Operazione Dyn-o-mite prétendument réalisé par Antonio Margheriti, il s'agit vraisemblablement d'un clin d'oeil au véritable film Operazione Goldman.

Best films

Duck, You Sucker (1971)
(Special Effects)

Usually with

Luciano Pigozzi
Luciano Pigozzi
(13 films)
Carlo Savina
Carlo Savina
(11 films)
Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol
(2 films)
Riz Ortolani
Riz Ortolani
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Antonio Margheriti (51 films)

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Hercules, Prisoner of Evil
Directed by Antonio Margheriti, Ruggero Deodato
Genres Fantasy, Adventure
Actors Antonio Margheriti, Ettore Manni, Mireille Granelli, Piero Pastore, Furio Meniconi, Claudio Scarchilli
Rating44% 2.236142.236142.236142.236142.23614
La paix d'une région est entre les mains de deux peuples, qui se mènent une guerre acharnée depuis des années. Un monstre sanguinaire en profite pour attaquer.
Midnight Lace, 1h50
Directed by David Miller
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Doris Day, Rex Harrison, John Gavin, Myrna Loy, Roddy McDowall, John Williams
Rating66% 3.347473.347473.347473.347473.34747
Newlywed American heiress Kit Preston is living with her financier husband Tony on Grosvenor Square in London. Returning home in a dense fog, she is startled by an eerie, electronic-like voice threatening to kill her within the month. The voice calls her by name and torments her as she runs to escape. Tony tries to convince her she has been the victim of a practical joker and suggests they travel to Venice for the honeymoon they never had.
Grip of the Strangler, 1h20
Directed by Robert Day
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Horror, Crime
Actors Boris Karloff, Jean Kent, Elizabeth Allan, Anthony Dawson, Antonio Margheriti, Vera Day
Rating61% 3.0974653.0974653.0974653.0974653.097465
In Victorian London, Edward Styles is accused of being the notorious Haymarket Strangler, the brutal killer of five women. Twenty years after he is tried and executed for these crimes James Rankin (Karloff), a novelist and social reformer, launches an investigation to prove that Styles is innocent. His search for clues leads him first to the sleazy Judas Hole music hall, where the Strangler picked his victims from the resident can-can dancers and loose women, and then to the prison cemetery of Newgate where Styles was buried - in order to exhume his body. When the killings start again, Rankin's theory seems to be vindicated. However his growing obsession with the case signals a most unwelcome revelation as to the true identity of the murderer.


Cyberflic (2001)
, 1h30
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Actors Terence Hill, Richard Liberty
Rating44% 2.227932.227932.227932.227932.22793
Un policier de Miami à la retraite (Hagler) est obligé de prendre en filature un réseau de terroriste après que son ancien partenaire est mort dans le devoir. Bill revient alors sur terre en forme virtuelle pour compléter sa mission finale et protéger son loyal partenaire.
Jungle Raiders, 1h35
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Genres Action, Adventure
Actors Christopher Connelly, Lee Van Cleef, Luciano Pigozzi
Rating47% 2.388542.388542.388542.388542.38854
Captain Yankee played by Christopher Connelly and his friend make a living by selling fake adventure dreams to rich foreigners. With the help of some natives they let their rich clients think to have lived fantastic adventures. One day a Colombian museum director arrives to search for a fabulous "ruby of doom" and Captain Yankee is black mailed into accepting the task.
Commando Leopard, 1h40
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Genres War, Action
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films, Films about Latin American military dictatorships
Actors Lewis Collins, Klaus Kinski, Luciano Pigozzi, John Steiner, Subas Herrero, Mike Monty
Rating50% 2.5249452.5249452.5249452.5249452.524945
In an unnamed Latin American dictatorship, a group of rebel freedom fighters fight to bring about a less oppressive society. The rebels, led by the enigmatic Enrique Carrasco (Collins) who has returned to his native land to fight, attack a hydro-electric dam. Along with Carrasco's native fighters are Smithy (Steiner), a British mercenary, and Maria, a native ex medical-student turned freedom fighter. After killing the security guards, Carrasco's men place explosives at a crucial point in the dam wall, when they blow the dam the resulting tidal surge destroys a nearby bridge that is carrying Government convoy.
The Ark of the Sun God
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Genres Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors David Warbeck, John Steiner, Luciano Pigozzi, Ricardo Palacios
Rating49% 2.469942.469942.469942.469942.46994
Un aventurier américain, Rick Spear, arrive en Turquie avec sa femme. Il est engagé par Lord Dean afin de retrouver une mystérieuse cité enfouie dédiée à Gilgamesh, le Dieu Soleil. Il n’est cependant pas le seul à s’y intéresser puisque selon une légende, la cité contiendrait un sceptre doté de pouvoirs fantastiques...
Code Name: Wild Geese, 1h41
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Origin German
Genres War, Action
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Lewis Collins, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Klaus Kinski, Mimsy Farmer, Luciano Pigozzi
Rating51% 2.55822.55822.55822.55822.5582
In Hong Kong, DEA man Fletcher (Borgnine) heads an operation to cut off the supply of opium to the west; to fund this operation Fletcher has found himself allied with wealthy American businessman Brenner.
Yor, the Hunter from the Future, 1h22
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Origin Italie
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy
Themes Films about animals, Post-apocalyptic films, La préhistoire, Films about religion, Time travel films, Films set in the future, Animaux préhistoriques, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Reb Brown, Corinne Cléry, Carole André, John Steiner, Luciano Pigozzi
Rating43% 2.1545952.1545952.1545952.1545952.154595
The movie opens with Yor jogging around the stone towers of Cappadocia, Turkey while a rock ballad plays in the background. In a nearby village, Kala, a seemingly primitive cave-woman, and her older protector Pag are hunting. Suddenly, they are attacked by a Stego-Ceratops. Yor appears suddenly and kills the dinosaur with his axe, drinking some of its blood immediately afterwards. Yor is befriended by the village and together they cut the choice meats to be feasted upon in celebration.
The Hunters of the Golden Cobra, 1h32
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Genres War, Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors David Warbeck, Luciano Pigozzi, Antonella Interlenghi, John Steiner, Rosemarie Lindt
Rating50% 2.5262552.5262552.5262552.5262552.526255
1944, en pleine guerre mondiale, un aventurier à la petite semaine et son allié anglais sont chargé de récupérer le Cobra d’Or, une statuette de valeur, planquée sur l'île de Pawan, occupée par l'armée japonaise. Mais de mystérieuses forces occultes semblent protéger la statuette de ses potentiels ravisseurs.
The Last Hunter, 1h35
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors David Warbeck, Tisa Farrow, John Steiner, Margit Evelyn Newton, Luciano Pigozzi, Massimo Vanni
Rating58% 2.9467152.9467152.9467152.9467152.946715
Following the suicide of his best friend, Captain Harry Morris (David Warbeck) accepts a final deadly mission to go behind enemy lines to destroy a radio tower that is broadcasting anti-war propaganda spoken by an American woman to American troops.
Invasion of the Flesh Hunters, 1h36
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Origin Italie
Genres Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about viral outbreaks, Catastrophe épidémiologique, Disaster films
Actors John Saxon, Renzo Marignano, Venantino Venantini, Ramiro Oliveros, Taso N. Stavrakis
Rating55% 2.751262.751262.751262.751262.75126
The film opens with a flashback to the Vietnam War, where Norman Hopper (Saxon) is bitten by a U.S. POW Charlie Bukowski (John Morghen), who is infected with a virus which leaves people with a craving for human flesh. In Atlanta, Georgia, some years later, Hopper wakes up from a nightmare about this incident, and then receives a phone call from Bukowski, who invites his old comrade out for a drink. The call came in at an inopportune moment, as a young neighbour girl, Mary (Cindy Hamilton), was trying to seduce him, so he turns down the invitation. Hopper falls for her charms and as they are about to engage in oral sex, he bites her. After hearing from his concerned wife that a Vietnam vet barricaded himself in a mall, he gets into his car. Just as he is about to leave, Mary reveals that she enjoyed the bite. After arriving on the scene, he convinces Bukowski to surrender to the police. While being hauled away to the hospital, Bukowski bites a police constable.
Killer Fish, 1h41
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Origin Italie
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Natural horror films, Heist films
Actors Lee Majors, Karen Black, Margaux Hemingway, Marisa Berenson, James Franciscus, Anthony Steffen
Rating42% 2.110022.110022.110022.110022.11002
The mastermind behind a precision theft of priceless emeralds decides to hide the jewels at the bottom of a reservoir he's secretly stocked with savage deadly piranha. Retrieving the gems turns to be a caper in itself since the group is now torn by suspicion and jealousy. Several gang members try to recover the loot on their own, only to become screaming victims of the insatiable horde of killer fish. The treasure is down there just waiting to be brought up. To get them, everyone must face the inescapable terror of thousands of man-eating creatures.
The Squeeze, 1h40
Directed by Antonio Margheriti
Genres Action
Themes Heist films, Gangster films
Actors Lee Van Cleef, Karen Black, Robert Alda, Edward Albert, Lionel Stander, Angelo Infanti
Rating53% 2.661352.661352.661352.661352.66135
Retired safe-cracker Chris Gretchko is coaxed out of comfortable retirement by Jeff Olafson, the impulsive son of a former accomplice, who begs him to help steal an undocumented shipment of diamonds to satiate Van Stratten, a New York City crime boss whose mistress, Jessica, has been seeing Jeff on the side. Chris subsequently recruits his old friend, pawn shop owner Sam, who agrees to fence the diamonds afterward. When they learn Van Stratten intends to cut them out of the deal, Chris and Jeff plot a countermeasure, resulting in Jeff getting thrown in jail to give him plausible deniability, and Chris convalescing in a safe house after getting shot during the heist. Clarisse, an eccentric neighbor in the building, discovers Chris, and agrees to help tend his injuries and lie to police who come looking for him. However, Captain Donati begins to piece together the events, and all the involved parties find their lives in danger.