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Challenge of the Gladiator (1965)

Il gladiatore che sfidò l'impero (original title)
Treacherous Roman senator Lucius Quintilius plans a secret journey into Thrace to recover a legendary treasure. He is accompanied by his daughter Livia posing as a Christian slave girl, his... See full summary »

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Spartacus (as Rock Stevens)
Massimo Serato ...
Senator Lucio Quintilio
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Commodio
Gloria Milland ...
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Consul Metello
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Terenzo
Andrea Checchi
Dario Michaelis
Franco Ressel
Bruno Scipioni
Giulio Tomei
Giovanni Petrucci
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Treacherous Roman senator Lucius Quintilius plans a secret journey into Thrace to recover a legendary treasure. He is accompanied by his daughter Livia posing as a Christian slave girl, his cruel henchman Commodio, and Terenzius, an ex-gladiator and Nero look-alike who fools the local Thracians into believing he is the real Emperor. But Lucius's plans are thwarted by Spartacus and his band of rebels who succeed in capturing the treasure for Thrace. When news arrives from Rome that the real Nero has died, local Roman governor Consul Metellus joins forces with Spartacus to defeat the traitors. Written by Jim Marshall

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Peter Lupus shaved his chest for this movie, giving his torso the smooth, oily, suntanned look popularized by Steve Reeves in his "Hercules" roles. (Lupus's naturally-hairy chest can be seen on display in his centerfold photos in the August 1974 issue of 'Playgirl' magazine.) See more »

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Consul Metello: You never win victories with brute force alone. You also have to have a brain.
Spartacus: You don't believe I have one.
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Spartacus meets Quo Vadis!
1 July 2003 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

Although the Italian cinema of the 1960s was noted for taking light-hearted liberties with history, this one beats the lot. Spartacus, who died in 71 BC, somehow returns to thwart a Nero impersonator in 68 AD. Maybe this Spartacus was a namesake, or even another descendant. We've already seen Steve Reeves as the Son of Spartacus, so was Peter Lupus supposed to be playing his Great-Great-Grandson? This was one of four Italian epics churned out by Lupus (alias Rock Stevens) the year before moving on to Impossible Missions, and at times the movie looks like it was made in a big hurry. The action and performances are quite good, and Piccillo's music adds a touch of class, but it's the fascinating plot that grabs the attention. Who would have thought that while Robert Taylor was deposing Peter Ustinov in Rome, over in Thrace young Kirk Douglas was helping General Galba to be the next emperor? Comic book history, of course, but still a lot of fun.


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