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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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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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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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