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The Centurion (1961)

Il conquistatore di Corinto (original title)
Protests break out in Corinth against Roman domination, injuring Caius Vinicius, a Roman centurion. He's rescued by Hebe -- daughter of the anti-Roman governor, Critolaus -- who's being ... See full summary »

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Caius Vinicius
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Hebe
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Artemide
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Gen. Metellus
Gianni Santuccio ...
Critolaus
Nando Tamberlani ...
Callicrates
Ivano Staccioli ...
Hippolytus
Andrea Fantasia ...
Gianni Solaro ...
Caesar
José Jaspe ...
Traitor
Vassili Karis ...
Egeo (as Vassili Karamesinis)
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Chimene
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Ancella (as Milene Vukotic)
Adriana Vianello ...
Cleo

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Protests break out in Corinth against Roman domination, injuring Caius Vinicius, a Roman centurion. He's rescued by Hebe -- daughter of the anti-Roman governor, Critolaus -- who's being unsuccessfully wooed by the governor's second-in-command, the villainous Diaeus. Smitten, Hebe sends the handsome Roman to recuperate at the home of Callicrates, a political moderate. Artemide, wife of Callicrates, also falls for Caius Vinicus but when he spurns her, she has him arrested and imprisoned. Hebe then agrees to marry Diaeus if he will spare the Roman's life but Caius Vinicius is soon freed by Callicrates and his allies, just as a Roman army arrives to battle Corinthian forces. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Empires Clash and Topple!

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The original Italian version ran 105 minutes, but was edited down to 77 minutes for release in France, Germany and USA; this accounts for some of the continuity gaps mentioned in the comments section. See more »

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Diaeus: My soldiers arrested him as he was about to embark. I've had him whipped but he won't speak.
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Peplum bore
19 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE CONQUEROR OF CORINTH is a poorly-made peplum epic that tells the story of the war between Rome and the city-state of Corinth, by focusing on various characters on either side of the divide. Unfortunately a lot of it boils down to repetitive scenes of characters being captured and romancing each other a lot, while the pace is truly plodding and the characters completely uninteresting.

Perhaps something is lost in the dubbing, I don't know, but truly there's nothing worthwhile here. There's no real spectacle, and the battle scenes are dull; they look like stock footage from another movie, even though they're probably not. The action choreography is non-existent and this is one of those talky productions where it's impossible to like any of those involved.

Cast-wise, the great Gordon Mitchell - star of many a strongman epic - is hidden away in support as a general, while John Drew Barrymore is given free reign to chew the scenery as only he can. Gianna Maria Canale lends glamour, as always, but it's not enough to make this anywhere near worth watching.


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