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Ursus, il gladiatore ribelle (1962)

| Adventure | 1963 (USA)
In order to persuade the Emperor to spare his village, the mighty Ursus is forced to fight the greatest gladiator in Rome in the Roman Arena.

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In order to persuade the Emperor to spare his village, the mighty Ursus is forced to fight the greatest gladiator in Rome in the Roman Arena. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Of all the onscreen portrayals of Commodus, Sergio Ciani's is probably the closest to the real emperor. The real Commodus was athletic and muscular. In reality, Commodus, as in the film, did enjoy performing as a gladiator. He was also said to have been a skilled swordsman and marksman. See more »

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In the film Marcus Aurelius' dying wish is that Commodus keep peace. Instead Commodus begins attacking villages. In real life it was actually the opposite. The real Commodus ended the fighting when he became emperor. His reign was a time of peace. He did not pursue his father's wars and he organized a truce with the Danube armies Rome was fighting. See more »

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Had to at least have been seen by Ridley Scott, but the comparison mostly stops there.
5 January 2006 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

One of countless Italian gladiator movies, this one covers some of the ground that made up the more recent success "Gladiator" starring Russell Crowe, though most of the elements of the story differ to some degree. Ciani plays a strong, tough, spoiled soldier who stands to inherit the crown of Rome as his father the emperor has died. His endless terrorizing and pillaging is threatened only by Vadis, a former Roman soldier who is now a Christian who expounds the virtues of non-violence. When Vadis offends Ciani by refusing to kill him upon capture, he in turn kidnaps Vadis's girlfriend, holding her hostage in order to force Vadis to fight in the arena. The two square off in a first encounter and later in an extended and well done bout. A later battle sequence contains a massive assembly of extras and the destruction of a bridge (this being handled primarily in close-up.) Though Ciani (who looks like a pumped up James Brolin) only holds a limited amount of acting skill, he is Olivier compared to Vadis who resembles a happy monkey half the time, smiling inappropriately or staring blankly and failing to bring any significant dramatic weight to his role. The female cast here is utilized a little better than in some gladiator movies. As is usually the case, the film has large amounts of sword-clanking, battle, exotic women and badly dubbed voices. However, this one appears to have had a sizable budget with some impressive sets. It also contains some reasonably good directorial touches and camera-work, not always strong points for this genre. It might even be a little more impressive if a better print were in circulation, but that isn't the case at present. Even so, despite his impressive physique, Vadis is not one of the better leading men of this realm.


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