Tribune Marcus Aulus, out of favor in Rome because of his alleged sympathy for Christians, arrives to take charge of an aqueduct project on the hot, arid fringes of the Empire. Centurion ... See full summary »
Tribune Marcus Aulus, out of favor in Rome because of his alleged sympathy for Christians, arrives to take charge of an aqueduct project on the hot, arid fringes of the Empire. Centurion Gaius, cruel and corrupt, resents being replaced by Marcus. He instigates a revolt by his slave-workers, then blames the situation on Marcus. During the revolt, five muscular slaves escape. They meet up with fellow escapee Balisten, a farmer unjustly condemned to the aqueduct project. Balisten, impressed by Marcus's enlightened attitudes, has rescued the Tribune from the revolt. The six slaves, with Marcus's advice, plan to gain their freedom using their prowess as gladiators. Marcus plans to clear his name and to re-unite with his fiancée, Claudia, recently arrived from Rome. Gaius plans to kill Marcus and thus hide the truth about the slave revolt. Brawls and fights both inside and outside the arena come thick and fast. Written by
dinky-4 of Minneapolis
As an 9 year old, I thought this was the greatest film ever.
Going to Saturday morning pictures in the UK was a great way to spend the weekend . From the age of 7 I went to the Regal in Hammersmith, London and saw series, cartoons and feature films like this. As far as I was concerned, as a 9 year old, this was the ultimate in film entertainment. Exciting, other worldly and exotic , I confidently stated it to be my favourite film at my interview for senior school at age 10.
Of course I realise, nearly 30 years on, it is unlikely to be anything other than undiluted tat of the first order but now I am a mature, urbane, sophisticate and then I was a wide eyed youngster prepared to believe that 7 slaves could take on Rome and heroically put the enemies of Christianity to the sword.
It made me love the cinema and for that I am grateful.
I remember the title as "Seven Slaves Against Rome".
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