Romantic wartime swashbuckler based on actual historical figures
Movie Lover: the Jax
-- September, 5, 2004
Odd that I'm writing this just as Chechnyan rebels are making headlines as bloodthirsty terrorists.
While the real story might not have a happy ending, Steve Reeves is a heroic Hadji Murad. The role of the 1800s Muslim rebel is a departure for muscleman Reeves, remembered for his many Hercules-type films. Good acting, fierce battles, lavish sets, and mostly great costumes help realize a story that's action-packed as well as emotion-stirring. From a Tsar's rage to a chieftain's treachery, to a princess torn between duty and compassion, you won't easily forget the story of Hadji Murad's struggle.