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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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Sergio Ciani, who would go on to play Hercules, plays Commodus, who in reality, believed he was Hercules reborn. 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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Alan Steel and Dan Vadis duke it out...
22 October 2008 | by (Fairfax, VA) – See all my reviews

Alan Steel and Dan Vadis duke it out...not just once, but twice in this above average peplum opus. That alone is worth your time, but the film is actually a good one, with lots of action, telling the story of Marcus Aurelius' heir, Commodus, who succeeds to the purple but is more interested in being a gladiator than a Ceasar. Steel has a great time and does a good job portraying this whack-job of an emperor, more convincingly than Joaquin Phoenix and just as good as Christopher Plummer. The scriptwriters got it right,as far as they went, but it's tame compared to the facts. Vadis (who is better playing villains and whack-jobs himself) is miscast and the weakest part of the film. It would have been a much better film if the Ursus character were eliminated and the chief opponent of Commodus were Septimius Leto (Carlo Delmi), the handsome young senator's son who resembles a wavy-haired Lex Barker. His role starts off promising to be an important character and then just gets lost and forgotten during the proceedings which sorely need him. This film needs to be restored and seen by those who enjoy this fare, it's one of the better entries in the genre.


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