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Fire Over Rome (1965)
"L'incendio di Roma" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  20 March 1965 (Italy)
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Marcus Valerius, a young consul, is assigned the mission to assist Menecrate, the leader of the Pretorian Guard, in the arrest and execution of as many Christians as possible. While raiding... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lang Jeffries ...
Marcus Valerius
Cristina Gaioni ...
Moira Orfei ...
Mario Feliciani ...
Luciano Marin ...
Evi Maltagliati ...
Livia Augusta, Marcus's Mother
Franco Fantasia ...
Massimo Carocci ...
Young Christian
Vladimir Medar ...
Vladimir Bacic
Anita Todesco
Mimmo Maggio
Franco Daddi
Riccardo Pizzuti
Demeter Bitenc ...


Marcus Valerius, a young consul, is assigned the mission to assist Menecrate, the leader of the Pretorian Guard, in the arrest and execution of as many Christians as possible. While raiding the Catacombs he has the surprise to find among the Christians the woman he loves, Giulia, who has been converted secretly to the banned religion. He helps her to escape and trouble soon follows. Stripped of his rank and arrested for defending the rebels he is condemned to fight as a gladiator... Written by Guy Bellinger

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The film was unreleased in the UK until 1975 when it was finally issued under the title "Revenge Of The Gladiators", and played as a supporting feature to "Land Of The Monsters" (itself a retitling of the 1962 feature "Colossus Of The Stone Age"). See more »

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Lang Jeffries defends persecuted Christians against Nero--OK historical adventure
2 November 2003 | by (south Texas USA) – See all my reviews

Perhaps because of the success of his earlier film REVOLT OF THE SLAVES, Lang Jeffries was cast again as a man fighting for the persecuted Christians against the Roman Empire in this film made two years later. While in the first film Jeffries was a slave, here he is a Roman military leader who loses his commission and is taken into custody for his defense of Christians who are tortured and persecuted by Nero and his henchmen. Jeffries is not featured particularly well in this film and he is not allowed to dub his own (very distinctive!) voice. His hairstyle also is not particularly flattering. Still, he plays the role convincingly and looks concerned, although he disappears for stretches of time throughout the film. Nero is once again depicted as an over-the-top yet effeminate dictator-clown. While he does not fiddle as Rome burns, he does pluck his lyre while Rome burns! I don't have a problem with the cheesy animation/model depiction of the fires--after all, this is a low budget film. One interesting detail is that in the indoor scenes shot on soundstages (and there are few exteriors here), the steam from the actors' mouths is visible when they talk! Some of the apostles are also worked into the plot of this film as is God, but you'll have to see it yourself to see how. Overall, this is a slightly above average "persecuted Christians" Roman empire costume drama and features an above average American star, Lang Jeffries, who is unfortunately not used that well in the film. It's probably only for the serious peplum (and by the way, Jeffries keeps his shirt on for virtually the whole film) and Italian historical-adventure fan.

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