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THE SPARTAN GLADIATORS is another 60's Italian sword and sandal so-called epic that is dogged by a poor script that borders on the incomprehensible at times. Clearly made on a miniscule budget, the version I watched contained some atrocious dubbing. During some of the fist-fights each punch that hit its target sounded like somebody's head being hit with a metal tray. At other times this curious sound effect was completely out of synchronisation so that the silent punch was followed about two seconds later by the sound of tray on head. Oh well, at least that injected a badly needed piece of humour into this ordinary tale, even if it was unintended.
The storyline, for what it's worth, concerns the quest of a group of escaped gladiators to seize a statuette from a Roman official who plans to use it to forge an alliance with a neighbouring country that will result in the gladiator's country-folk becoming life-long slaves. Or something. Quite frankly, the plot is secondary to the barrage of fight scenes that quickly become tiresome and boring, and seems to wander in and out of the movie with the same lack of enthusiasm as its viewers.
Aside from one quite neat murder, this movie is a complete dud that will satisfy only easily-pleased boys under the age of 10.
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