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Ursus, il gladiatore ribelle (1962)

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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.


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Cast overview:
Dan Vadis ...
Gloria Milland ...
José Greci ...
Sergio Ciani ...
Andrea Aureli ...
Gladiators' Instructor
Tullio Altamura ...
Nando Tamberlani ...
Marc Aurel
Salvatore Borghese ...
Gianni Santuccio ...
Senator Emilius Letus
Consalvo Dell'Arti ...
Senator Lucius
Carlo Delmi ...
Settimius Letus
Marco Mariani
Pietro Ceccarelli
Bruno Scipioni
Claudio Marzulli


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

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Desperate Men Against a Savage Tyrant!







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The Rebel Gladiators  »

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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 »


The film shows a maniacal Commodus attempting to wipe out the Christians, but the real Commodus did not pursue his father's prohibitions against the Christians. He relaxed persecutions after minor efforts early in his reign. It is even believed that the reign of Commodus inaugurated a period of numerous conversions to Christianity. See more »

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THE REBEL GLADIATOR (Domenico Paolella, 1963) *1/2
15 April 2006 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

Until fairly recently, I hadn't heard of director Domenico Paolella and the only films of his I'd seen prior to this one were two good Italian comedies featuring legendary Italian comic, Toto'; one of them, IL CORAGGIO (1955), was a revamping of Jean Renoir's BOUDU SAVED FROM DROWNING (1932), tailored to suit the star's unique brand of mimicry! As it happens, this muscleman epic is quite another thing, with the mythical giant Ursus – who was made famous by Buddy Baer in the MGM super production of QUO VADIS (1951) and played here by the aptly (and hilariously) named Dan Vadis! – somehow incongruously inserted into another retelling of the events which were much better, and more spectacularly, handled in Anthon Mann's THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (1964) and Ridley Scott's GLADIATOR (2000). Unfortunately, I was unable to keep a straight face most of the time especially with Alan Steel (another muscleman who featured heavily in such fare) playing a very athletic Commodus – rather than the mad wimp which history tells us he was!

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