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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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Dan Vadis ...
Gloria Milland ...
Marzia
José Greci ...
Arminia
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Andrea Aureli ...
Gladiators' Instructor
Tullio Altamura ...
Antoninus
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
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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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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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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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Commodus the wimp? Ha!
6 December 2007 | by (Berkeley, CA, USA) – See all my reviews

I'd like to correct an error made by a previous reviewer, who tells us, "I was unable to keep a straight face most of the time especially with Alan Steel...playing a very athletic Commodus – rather than the mad wimp which history tells us he was!"

In fact, the historian Herodian tells us that Commodus "was the handsomest man of his time, both in beauty of features and in physical development...inferior to no man in skill and in marksmanship." It is Hollywood, not history, that insists on making Roman emperors into effete wimps. For historical accuracy, Russell Crowe would have been better cast to play Commodus than wimpy Joaquin Phoenix. But Hollywood will insist on making the worldly villain "less manly" than the straight-arrow hero.

Another reviewer here berates the performance of Dan Vadis as the hero in this movie, saying he "resembles a happy monkey half the time, smiling inappropriately or staring blankly..." But remember that Vadis is playing a slap-happy Christian, and doesn't that description fit a lot of the Christians you know?

Alan Steel's muscular and brutish portrayal of Commodus is probably the cinema's most accurate, even though this movie, no less than "Gladiator" and "Fall of the Roman Empire," pulls its punches when it comes to Commodus. The truly shocking, hair-raising accounts of his reign (found in Dio Cassius, Herodian, and the Historia Augusta) go far beyond anything Hollywood or Cinecitta have ever dared to put on the screen!


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