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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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Cast overview:
Gloria Milland ...
José Greci ...
Andrea Aureli ...
Gladiators' Instructor
Tullio Altamura ...
Nando Tamberlani ...
Marc Aurel
Salvatore Borghese ...
Gladiator (as Sal Borgese)
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 frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Desperate Men Against a Savage Tyrant!







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1963 (USA)  »

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The Rebel Gladiators  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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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Conforms To Stereotype Of Gladiator Movies
12 June 2003 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

The stereotype of 1960's European gladiator movies is that the lead is a muscle bound non-actor and everyone else yelling as their dialog is dubbed into English. It is movies such as The Rebel Gladiators that show the stereotype is true. Evil Emperor Commodus (Sergio Ciani) inherits the throne of Rome and the hand of lovely Arminia (Jose Greci). Proceeding to ruthlessly oppress a village he is defeated by strongman Ursus (Dan Vadis). Senator Emilius Letus (Gianni Santuccio) realizes that only Ursus is strong enough to defeat Commodus and forces Ursus to become a gladiator by kidnapping Ursus' girlfriend Marzia (Gloria Milland). Commodus seizes Marzia to force Ursus to fight him. Guess who wins! Essentially Dan Vadis was a muscle bound non-actor and is least interesting. The Italian actors in support give much more lively albeit not nuanced performances. The acting honors there go to Sergio Ciani, enjoying himself as the evil Emperor, and longtime character actor Andrea Aureli as the gladiators' instructor. Technically the credits were OK but the version I saw was in black and white while the IMDb database says the movie was shot in color. OK movie for gladiator fans (i.e. those who don't expect acting) but better alternatives are available in the genre.

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