Approached with low expectations, this juvenile exercise in hero worship is fairly enjoyable. Marco Polo (Don Diamont) vows to find his father after the elder Polo, a renowned merchant, disappears on an excursion from Genoa. Marco sets out for the Far East and hires a camel caravan from Captain Cornelius Donovan (Oliver Reed), who teaches Marco everything a world traveler needs to know. Marco's younger brother, Nicol (Jeff Saumier), joins the expedition as a stowaway. In Ankara, Marco negotiates with his father's devious business partner, Ali Ben Hassam (John Hallam), who tells Marco he can collect his father's share of the money from another ruler, who owes Hassam money. But Marco is tipped off by Hassam's servant, Youssef (Cas Anvar), to Hassam's habit of reneging on debts; Youssef also reveals that Hassam plans to kill both the Polo brothers. Youssef introduces Marco and Nicol to the Templar Knights, who dispense travelers' aid to the oppressed, and after the Knights depart Youssef teams up with the brothers. They're all taken captive by Armenian despot Beelzebub (Jack Palance), a descendant of Atilla the Hun. Beelzebub busily preparing his wedding to a supplicant princess, whose family connections will consolidate his power. Marco wants to free the princess and take her with him to China, where he hopes to locate his missing father. But first he must escape Beelzebub's dungeon. Though the cheesy costumes look as if they've been hanging in a rental house too long, this modestly produced swashbuckler does teach that heroes don't need super-human strength: A quick wit and fast right hook are Marco's stock in trade.
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- Released: 1999
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: Approached with low expectations, this juvenile exercise in hero worship is fairly enjoyable. Marco Polo (Don Diamont) vows to find his father after the elder Polo, a renowned merchant, disappears on an excursion from Genoa. Marco sets out for the Far East… (more)