Written by: Nick Frame on June 5th, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: Turkey, 1972
Director: T. Fikret Uçak
Cast: Aytekin Akkaya, Deniz Erkanat, Yavuz Selekman, Teyfik Sen, Dogan Tamer
DVD released: May 25th, 2006
Approximate running time: 79 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Sound: Turkish Mono (English and Greek Subtitles)
DVD Release: Onar Films
Region Coding: Region 0 PAL
Retail Price: €18 from Onarfilms.com ($21.95 from Xploited Cinema)
“Spider is a child-minded lunatic”
Finally after much heartbreak and problems putting this DVD together, Onar Films have released “3 Dev Adam” (aka 3 Mighty Men), Turkeys answer to the super hero craze! Our adventure begins with the evil Spiderman (green and red is his costume here) with equally evil eyebrows about to kill a woman that has wronged him and what a way for her to go. Buried up to her neck in sand and an outboard motor about to meet her face, but this sets the tone for how this misogynistic Spiderman gets his kicks. Thankfully the Turkish police are in luck because two heroes are in the country and their not here for a summer vacation. Captain America and Mexican wrestling legend Santo arrive in plain clothes and immediately get to work and try and decipher what Spiderman is up to. They discover he is involved in a money laundering and precious antique scam and unknown to them has just bumped off a few Mafia hoods that were on to him. Can nobody stop him? Captain America’s sidekick Julia is sent to a fashion show to keep an eye on Nadja, Spidey’s woman (what? No MJ?), while Santo is off to spy on a top antique dealer. Unfortunately Julia is captured and slapped about by Spiderman’s goons and is to be taken to a hideout, but luckily for her she has her super spy watch on that sends a secret signal to the Cap and he springs into action to save her. Santo is caught snooping about and has to take care of 3 Karate dudes before escaping with some evidence of the laundered money. The Cap has rescued Julia and taken care of Spidey’s men but Najda and the webbed wonder has escaped with only one thought on his mind, killing the Cap!
This is lunacy from start to finish and copyright infringement of the highest order, but you know what, its very entertaining stuff. There is everything you require for an action movie, heroes, babes, violence and a cool super-villain. The flick knife wielding (no web-shooters here), big eye browed evil Spiderman is one sadistic dude – motorboat propellers, eye-munching hamsters and his love of killing women, J. Jonah Jameson would have had a field day and the Daily Bugle some amazing headlines. Captain America has neither a shield or is American but his costume looks pretty good and while Santo looks the part, one scene in particular had me chuckling; he’s spying on someone and is trying to appear inconspicuous –bare-chested in a silver mask and cape!
Now this is a beer and pizza movie of the highest order – highly recommended and it’s a limited edition so add this to your collection immediately.
This is probably the best the film has looked in years, with only the first 16 seconds looking ropey as the had to use an old Greek VHS, so well done Onar! To have a version on DVD at all with English subtitles is frankly excellent and the amount of effort that has been put in is evident. The full screen image while from a VHS source is very watchable and the Turkish 2.0 soundtrack is fine as are the English subtitles. The extras are really what make this an essential purchase however with 3 great interviews. The first is with director T. Fikret Uçak (35 mins) that sees him talking about his career and how intrigued he is to see the interest in his old movies. He is a lovely old guy and it’s very interesting to listen to his tales of the Turkish film industry. Next up is Aytekin Akkaya (42 mins), Captain America himself, and he too has tales to tell, especially the time he felt bad about not being able to speak English during his career when he was trying to chat up an Italian actress, who put him to shame as she spoke around 5 languages herself. It’s something he still regrets to this day. Again he goes on to talk about his time in the Turkish film industry. Finally we have Dogan Tamer (10 mins) who played the police chief, and he too talks about his career. All in all excellent stuff and its thanks to Pete Tombs at Mondo Macabro, who kindly let Onar use their interview footage from their Turkish Pop Cinema documentary.
Other extras include a bio for director T. Fikret Uçak, a filmography for Aytekin Akkaya plus a stills gallery with images from the movie and some shots of the original locandinas. Now my favourite part of Onar’s DVD’s; the trailers for some forthcoming releases. Firstly there is a 1973 Superman movie “Demir Yumruk: Devler Geliyor” (Iron Fist: The Giants are Coming) which will be on a double bill with “Superman Donuyor”. The next 2 trailers are for an upcoming Gothic Horror/Giallo double bill that will include “Aska Susayanlar Seks Ve Cinayet” (Thirsty for Love, Sex and Murder) and “Oluler Konusmaz Ki” (The Dead Don’t Talk). Both look pretty interesting. Finally there are 2 more trailers for the previously released Kilink movies – “Kilink in Istanbul” and “Kilink: Strip and Kill/Kilink vs. Superman”
I can’t do anymore but heartily recommend you pick up this excellent limited release, it’s a fun flick and the lengthy extras are very worthwhile.