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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Roger Browne ... Marcus

Gordon Mitchell ... Balisten
Arnaldo Fabrizio ... Goliath
Scilla Gabel ... Claudia
Aldo Pini ... Traidor
Alfredo Rizzo ... Efrem
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... Gaius (as Giacomo Rossi-Stuart)
Carlo Tamberlani ... Lucius Terentius
Germano Longo ... Lucius Emilius
Luciana Vincenzi
Alfio Caltabiano ... Gladiatore
Calisto Calisti ... Selim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pietro Ceccarelli
Mario Novelli
Nello Pazzafini
Aldo Pedinotti
Adriano Vitale

Directed by
Michele Lupo 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roberto Gianviti 
Michele Lupo 

Produced by
Elio Scardamaglia .... producer
Original Music by
Francesco De Masi 
Cinematography by
Guglielmo Mancori 
Film Editing by
Alberto Gallitti 
Art Direction by
Pier Vittorio Marchi 
Costume Design by
Walter Patriarca 
Special Effects by
Armando Grilli .... special effects
Other crew
Alfio Caltabiano .... choreographer

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Also Known As:
"Gli schiavi più forti del mondo" - Italy (original title)
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USA:96 min | France:85 min
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Fans of "beefcake" must be patient when watching this movie. Gordon Mitchell does not bare his chest till about the 53-minute mark. Roger Browne bares his chest about a minute later.See more »
Lucius Emilius:[speaking of runaway slaves] I'll proceed to cut them off at the plain of Emmareth. A thousand crosses will mark the end of their flight.See more »
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flip-side of La vendetta di Spartacus, 24 January 2010
Author: steven-222 from Berkeley, CA, USA

This movie was clearly made at the same time as La vendetta di Spartacus, by the same director using some of the same cast and locations. Both are rarely seen peplum films, at least in the US, but both have been issued on Italian DVD, cropped to 1.78:1 aspect ratio instead of original 2.35:1, but with brilliant color and optional Italian subtitles.

This movie is not quite as good as La vendetta di Spartacus, but it still displays some of the trademarks of director Michele Lupo, including amazing close-ups (especially of Gordon Mitchell with his brutal features and steel-blue eyes) and cinematic storytelling that mixes rousing melodrama (a slave uprising) and over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek fight scenes that go on and on (and on), here including a dwarf named Goliath (Arnaldo Fabrizio) for dubious comic effect.

The scene is a Roman aqueduct being built by slaves in the Syrian desert (probably using some impressive footage from the 1962 movie Ponzio Pilato). Thirst and water become recurring motifs. An early, powerful scene shows a brawny, bearded, and desperately thirsty slave trying to drink from a pool and being whipped and repeatedly dunked as punishment. A fight scene between two Roman commanders, Roger Browne and Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, ends with the loser dunked in the same pool. Later, there's a fight scene between Gordon Mitchell and another escaped slave that takes place under a waterfall and then continues as they hurtle downstream, still throwing punches. This movie is all about wet, muscular men whaling on each other.

Scilla Gabel was a scintillating presence in La vendetta di Spartacus, but here she has little more than an ornamental walk-on. This movie is all about the guys. Even Roger Browne gets bare-chested, which I've never seen him do before.

If you love peplums, this is a fun outing with some memorable scenes of action and punishment, and lots of wet fisticuffs.

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