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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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Geneviève Grad ...
Hebe
Gianna Maria Canale ...
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)
Dina De Santis ...
Chimene
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Ancella
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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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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Passable "sword & sandal"
30 December 2012 | by (NYC suburbs) – See all my reviews

The Greek province of Corinth rebels against its Roman rulers...

Based on real-life events that occurred during the time of Caesar, THE CONQUEROR OF CORINTH makes the rebels out to be the bad guys for some reason but before the city is torched with cheesy special effects, there's enough beefcake, cheesecake, and battle scenes to satisfy any genre fan. John Drew Barrymore (wearing little more than a micro-mini tunic and a "Snidely Whiplash" sneer) plays Basil Rathbone to star Jacques Sernas' Errol Flynn as he tosses random enemies into a pit of snakes he keeps for just such occasions. Lovely Gianna Maria Canale (a "Miss Italy 1947" runner-up who lost to Lucia Bosé) heats things up as an over-sexed cougar who turns Sernas' wounded centurion over to the enemy after he spurns her advances and her duel (dagger vs. bullwhip) with the hero's main squeeze is a lowbrow highlight -as is a muscular Gordon Mitchell getting rubbed down by his hirsute manservant. Unfortunately, there's no "conqueror of Corinth", per se.


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