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About This Film
Aytekin Akkaya as Captain America
Director- T. Fikret Ucak
Producer- Ridvan Tual
Writer- Dogan Tamer
Cinematography- Orhan Kapki
Editing- Husamettin Uren
Length- 81 minutes
3 Dev Adam (1973): I
haven't seen this film. It's rare and rather obscure, but I found
what I know so interesting that I had to talk about it. This is
an extremely low-budget superhero movie from Turkey.
This is NOT an official Marvel Comics film, nor is
it an official Santo film. Captain America and Santo team up to
fight the evil Spider-Man.
The story takes place in Istanbul. Spider-Man
leads a violent criminal organization called Spider's Gang. His
gang has just entered the city with counterfeit U.S. dollars.
Captain America leads a small group consisting of himself, his
girlfriend Julia, and Santo. Cap's team works with local police
to smash the counterfeit ring.
I'll pause right here to list the many odd things
with this film so far. First off, Spider-Man is a bad guy.
What's up with that? He does NOT wear the traditional Spider-Man
outfit, but a green costume with black leather gloves, belt, and boots,
and no web patterns anywhere. And you can see his face including
thick, bushy eyebrows. Spider-Man does not have any super powers
at all. He uses brute force and a switchblade knife. Unlike
Spider-Man, his build is not athletic; the actor playing Spidey has a
pot belly. Also, the Spider-Man of this film has an edgy,
psychopathic personality, which is on the other end of the spectrum
from the Spider-Man we all know and love.
Captain America is a better depiction, but still not
a good match to the real Captain America. This Captain America
does not have a shield, or the wings on the sides of his head.
Santo is the most "correct" of the three characters
here. It is NOT the real Santo from Mexican cinema. Another
actor plays the famous Mexican wrestler superhero. The Santo of
this film only briefly wears the mask. The "real" Santo was never
seen in films or in public without a mask until well into the
1980s. But why was Santo a featured character in this film?
Real Santo movies were very famous in Turkey during the 1960s. A
statue of Santo was even erected outside a movie theater in
Istanbul. In Turkey, Santo was as equally popular of superhero as
Captain America or Spider-Man. So for them, this was a natural
Very disturbing, this superhero movie contains
nudity, sex, and extreme acts of violence that really doesn't make it