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Marco Polo

2.1 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Assigned to accompany two priests on a mission to convert the court of Kublai Khan to Christianity, Marco Polo is abandoned in the mountains when the priests, doubting the very existence of China, turn back. Polo eventually pushes bravely forth alone toward the fabled country where he is accepted as an envoy into Khan's court. Marooned on the far side of the world, Polo, accompanied by his servant, Pedro, advances as a Mongol grandee for twenty extraordinary years.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Don Diamont, Oliver Reed, Jack Palance, John Hallam, Cas Anvar
  • Directors: George Erschbamer
  • Writers: Harry Alan Towers
  • Producers: Ernie Barbarash, Giancarlo J. Sini, John Dunning
  • Format: Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Echo Bridge
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008G85M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,542 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Marco Polo" on IMDb

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By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 6, 2005
Format: DVD
Oh my! As a big fan of Ian McShane I had wanted the Mini-Series Marco Polo on DVD. McShane is NOT in this film thankfully!!! A friend gave this to me for my birthday, thinking it was the McShane version.

Actually, this movie is really good for LAUGHS. This has to the the worst filmed, worst written, worst acted piece of JUNK. Surely, they could not have been that bad on purpose.

Do not WASTE your money!
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My long search for the worst movie ever came to a decisive end with Marco Polo. This movie is hands down the most horrible piece of filmaking imaginable. The acting, plot, dialogue, directing, and anything else that goes into making a movie should have been left on the cutting room floor. I am glad it wasn't however, for this ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE film is incredibly enjoyable for anyone looking for a hilariously bad movie. Trust me, it makes other "B" movies look like Citizen Kane.
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Uh, your first clue that this is a bad flick are the opening credits. All you see for 5 minutes are the names of those who helped make this atrocious film over a map of medieval Europe. I managed to watch half an hour before falling asleep. I live in China and was curious about how Marco Polo would be depicted. Suffice it to say that the best actors in this film are the camels in the caravan across Asia Minor. A good high school cast could have given a better performance and I say this as a former drama coach. If "Gandhi" and "Lawrence of Arabia" are the best of British historical film making, this one has got to be the worst. Enough said.
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By A Customer on May 5, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I'm a high school history teacher and I though I might look at this movie to see if I could use it. Most Hollywood movies are not very accurate but they help students get a visual of the times. However, this movie is sooooo bad even ignorant teenagers would throw their books at the screen.
Do NOT buy this movie!
Dean from Knoxville
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This account of Marco Polo abounds in inaccuracies and totally unbelieveable characters andd dialogue, comical even by cinematic standards. The real Marco was about 17 when he went with his father and uncle to travel to China. The Marco (Don Diamont) of this movie is a robust 30-something who travels alone except for his brother Nicolo (Jeff Saumier) and occasional nonentities he picks up as he goes. The banalites are too numerous to mention; you have to see to see this loser to believe it. But I'll mention a few: the countryside, whether in Italy, Greece, Outremer, or Armenia always looks suspiciously the same, much like a verdant rural Europe--the dialogue is too modern and overly cliched: no way they talked like that in Marco's time--Marco is a one-man army and karate practicioner:again, the bounds of credibility are sorely stretched--the inhabitants of Acre and Armenia are for the most part fair-haired and light-complexioned: hmmmmm... -- the "Templars" including the Grand Master, no less, drop everything to help Marco and his friends escape to Armenia. Not only that, but they invade Armenia later to rescue Marco and friends from the evil clutches of Beelzebub (Jack Palance). I always thought the Saracens had pretty well wiped out the Templars by Marco's time in Outremer; in any event, there is no way such a small band could have survived a ride from Acre to Armenia; let alone an invasion of Armenia--The Armenians look more like Hagar the Horrible vikings than Armenian soldiers--the Armenian princess and her lady in waiting look and talk very English--the fights, Beelzebub's "gauntlet" and escape scenes are puerile and unconvincing--I could go on, but why bother? Mercifully, this junkfest ends with the rescue of the princess and death of Beelzebub in Armenia.Read more ›
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Format: DVD
Straight to video release of a very bad movie. The only actor you'll recognize (unless you're a big fan of soap operas) is Jack Palance. Unless you're into cheesy Barbarian-Sci-Fi, I'd recommend staying away from this one.
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