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Ursus gladiatore ribelle (1962)

March 17, 180 A.D.: Marcus Aurelius, one of the greatest Roman emperors and distinct philosopher, is dying in the outskirts of the empire he has consolidated himself, by pacifying the ... See full summary »

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Andrea Aureli ...
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Carlo Delmi ...
Septimius Leto
Tullio Altamura ...
Antoninus
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Marcus Aurelius
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Senator Emilius Leto
Pietro Ceccarelli
Consalvo Dell'Arti ...
Senator Lucius
Marco Mariani
Bruno Scipioni
Claudio Marzulli
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March 17, 180 A.D.: Marcus Aurelius, one of the greatest Roman emperors and distinct philosopher, is dying in the outskirts of the empire he has consolidated himself, by pacifying the neighboring peoples. His only son and heir is Marcus Commodus, a strong man who prefers to fight as a gladiator in the arena. Ursus will find himself fighting the emperor in the arena, and in the midst of political intrigue. Written by Artemis-9

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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 »

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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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Influence on Gladiator?
16 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Was this film an influence on Ridley Scott's Gladiator? Who can tell.

Set at the same time as the awarding winning film this is the story of Commodus, son of Marcus Aurelius, who takes power when his father dies. Unable to find anyone to match him in the arena he runs rampant over the empire killing and pillaging as he goes. The only man who can stop him is Ursus, who is tricked in to becoming a gladiator so that he might be able to kill the mad Commodus.

This is a well made spectacle with lots of action and a pacing that never really flags.

If you get the chance to see it, there are worse ways to spend a rainy afternoon.


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