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The Ten Gladiators (1963)
"I dieci gladiatori" (original title)

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Roccia and a band of fellow gladiators join forces with a patrician named Glaucus Valerius to replace Nero, (and his evil henchman, Tigelinus), with a new emperor: Servius Galba. During the... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Browne ...
Glaucus Valerius
José Greci ...
Livia (as Susan Paget)
Dan Vadis ...
Roccia / The Rock
Franca Parisi ...
Poppea (as Margaret Taylor)
Gianni Rizzo ...
Claudius Nero
Mimmo Palmara ...
Tigelinus (as Dick Palmer)
Ugo Sasso ...
Mirko Ellis ...
Giuseppe Mattei ...
(as Pino Mattei)
Gianfranco Parolini ...
Livius Verus
Vassili Karis ...
Emilio Messina ...
Gladiator Leptus
Aldo Canti ...
Salvatore Borghese ...
Milo / Minius, the Mute
Giancarlo Bastianoni


Roccia and a band of fellow gladiators join forces with a patrician named Glaucus Valerius to replace Nero, (and his evil henchman, Tigelinus), with a new emperor: Servius Galba. During the course of this bloody struggle, the gladiators lose their mentor and trainer - Resius - and then must rescue Lidia, Resius' beautiful niece, from death on the cross. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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14 December 1963 (Italy)  »

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Italian censorship visa #41850 issued December 14, 1963. See more »


Rocca: I could eat a raw praetorian.
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Followed by Triumph of the Ten Gladiators (1964) See more »

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6 May 2009 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

A number of familiar elements may be found in this undistinguished but surprisingly watchable "peplum" -- bare-chested strongmen, an evil despot, sword fights, a damsel in distress, slaughter in the arena, demonstrations of muscular strength, a sexy temptress, crucifixions, persecuted Christians, a "loveable" midget, etc. Unfortunately, these elements have not been welded into a coherent whole but instead have simply been tossed together in the vain hope that a rousing plot will somehow emerge. (Just try answering this question from Screen Writing 101: What is the key relationship in this movie?) On the other hand, "The Ten Gladiators" offers the undeniable visual appeal of the ever-shirtless Dan Vadis, (brother of Quo?), who has the body of a Greek god and the face of a football captain. He plays Rocca, (pronounced Raccha in English-dubbed prints), and though his nipples are constantly on display, his navel remains modestly hidden. It's one mark of this movie's lack of organization that it can't provide Vadis with a suitable romantic interest, (though one is clearly available), and it deals him a fate which most audiences will find both surprising and displeasing. And what's with forcing Vadis and his fellow gladiators to repeatedly throw back their heads and emit hearty laughter as if they'e semi-high frat boys walking the late-night streets of Daytona Beach? Note: the dungeon scene showing two half-naked musclemen being burned with hot oil dripping down from the ceiling appears to have been "lifted" from the 1961 "Colossus of Rhodes." Another note: director Gianfranco Parolini also appears as the Roman senator who's sympathetic to the Christians.

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