The Hundred Knights


Other titles: Bis zum letzten General, Die hundert Ritter, Up To The Last General, I cento cavalieri, Los cien caballeros, El ultimo General, The Son of El Cid

Production: International Germania Film, Procusa (Madrid), Domiziana Internazionale Cinematografica (Rome)

Year of production: 1967

Running time: 90 min

Film format: 35mm CinemaScope

Colour: colour


Director: Vittorio Cottafavi

Screenplay: Gerhardt Schmitt, Giorgio Prosperi

Script: Marcel Valmy

Music: Peter Thomas, Anton Olea

Camera: Franz Marin

Editing: Fred Srp

Director’s assistant: Lore Meyer-Döhner

Production manager: Horst Backwinkel

Head of Production: Franz Thierry

Producer: Dr. Alfons Carcasona


Marc DamonFernando
Barbara FreyLaurencia
Wolfgang PreissSheik
Antonella LualdiSancha
Hans NielsenMayor
Georg HerzigDon Felipe
Arnaldo FoaDon Gonzalo
Gastone MoschinFather Carmelo
Manuel GallardoHalaf
Hans ClarinArtist

and others

The Plot

It was around the Year 1000 and the world was doomed.

That at least was the prophesy in a divided Europe in which largely chaotic circumstances ruled the day. In Spain the Moors fought against the Christians.

One day, a troop of some 100 Moors under the leadership of Sheikh Abengalbon occupied a village on the edge of the Mancha. The Arabs demanded from the mayor considerable dues. The mayor, in order to save his village from suffering a worse fate, agrees to fulfil the demands of the Moors. But Sancha, his daughter, who is promised to Don Jaime the richest farmer in the village, despite her love for the young Fernando, reacts rebelliously. Her sister Laurencia falls in love at first sight with Halaf the son of the sheikh. The monks in the abbey on the edge of the village decide similarly to offer resistance to the Moors, not openly but secretly and thus all the more effectively. Fernando gathers men outside the village who are prepared in the decisive battle to drive the Moors out of their village. In the process he allies himself temporarily with a group of highway robbers. Don Felipe becomes Fernando s deputy.

One night, Fernando’s men risk the attack but the Moors are expecting them. They are repelled. But from now on, the Moors no longer feel safe. The Sheikh has the monks chased out of the abbey, the stronghold of which he occupies with his followers. Fernando knows that the next attack has to be better planned. He sets up a camp outside the village and begins with Don Felipe to prepare the men for the fight against the Moors. Strategy and tactics are taught, use of weaponry is practised until the inexperienced farmers have become seasoned knights.

In the village, Don Jaime tries in vain to persuade his future bride to give up resistance to the occupying force. Sancha does not listen to Jaime. She is only thinking about Fernando, whom everyone is hoping will save the village. Laurencia though suffers from divided loyalties. Because she does not wish to subject her love for Halaf to the demands of politics. For his part, Halaf has to listen to the accusations of the Sheikh because he loves Laurencia more than reasons of state.

Halaf tries upon his own initiative to bring together the two enemy camps. He challenges Fernando to a duel and loses. The Sheikh looks upon this as an excuse to finally clear out the forces of Fernando.

In the fields outside the village the final showdown takes place. The hundred knights of Fernando are aided by the courageous monks. Fernando beats the Sheikh in a hard-fought battle. Don Felipe is wounded. The village is freed from the rule of the Moors. The surviving Moors agree to live in future in peaceful co-existence with the Spanish.

Halaf marries Laurencia, and Sancha marries the hero of the day, Fernando.

And ever since, in the small village on the edge of the Mancha, Moors and Christians have been living together happily and in peace as only possible on this Earth whose demise the monks had prophesied.