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Gladiator of Rome (1962)

Il gladiatore di Roma (original title)
A warrior protecting a slave girl, who is really a princess, winds up as a gladiator in the Roman arenas.

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Marcus Lucilius
Wandisa Guida ...
Nisa
Roberto Risso ...
Valerio jr.
Ombretta Colli ...
Aglae
Alberto Farnese ...
Magistrate Vezio Rufo
Gianni Solaro ...
Senator Macrino
Charles Borromel ...
Anio
Piero Lulli ...
General Astarte
Mirko Ellis ...
Frasto
Pietro De Vico ...
Pompilio
Nando Tamberlani ...
Valerio's Father
Andrea Aureli ...
Settimio
Raf Baldassarre ...
Gladiator (as Raf Baldassare)
Célina Cély
Pietro Tordi ...
Slave guard Cassio
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A warrior protecting a slave girl, who is really a princess, winds up as a gladiator in the Roman arenas.

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Italian censorship visa #38233 issued September 4, 1962. See more »

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Vezio Rufo: [referring to Marcus] That giant of a man is worth his weight in gold. I want him alive.
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Got The Build For It
7 December 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although star Gordon Scott only trains as a gladiator and never actually gets into the arena and most of the action takes place outside of Rome, this peplum classic is entitle Gladiator Of Rome. It derives its plot from many different sources.

Watching this today I caught bits from Ben-Hur, Quo Vadis, Spartacus, and the Cecil B. DeMille classic The Sign Of The Cross. The film involves persecution of Christians under Emperor Caracalla and a dynastic struggle in Silesia which takes place in Italy.

Gordon Scott is a Silesian servant to a princess who family was killed by a usurper and she and Scott sold into slavery by the Romans. The Silesians are friendly barbarians in the pay of Rome guarding the Empire's boarders and the usurper wants the princess found and killed.

But Roman politics intervene and the Roman house to which she and Scott were sold into is similarly ravaged and the head of the household who is a Senator is killed. A Roman general who has the contract on the princess is on the hunt again.

In the meantime Scott is trained as a gladiator, but they haven't seen a gladiator like him since Spartacus was running amuck in Italy. He gets the other gladiator trainees incited and the action really pops.

Of course this film is not anywhere as good as any of the sources I could identify for it. But Gordon Scott certainly had the build for these films though why he was given up for Tarzan films I'll never know.

For peplum and pecs fans.


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