4.5/10
44
4 user

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 »

Director:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Videos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

Hercules fights to free the people of Babylon from an evil sorceress.

Director: Domenico Paolella
Stars: Peter Lupus, Helga Liné, Mario Petri
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

The legendary strong man, Goliath, goes through a series of harrowing adventures as he helps an exiled king regain his throne.

Director: Domenico Paolella
Stars: Peter Lupus, Mario Petri, Helga Liné
The Slave (1962)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The decurion Randus holds himself so well in the command of his troops, that Caesar promotes him to centurion. He is subsequently sent to Egypt, to keep Caesar informed on the actions and ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Steve Reeves, Jacques Sernas, Gianna Maria Canale
Adventure | Comedy | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

The story of Spartacus and 10 other gladiators who rebelled against the bloody coliseum sports. They escape and are faced at every turn by Roman soldiers bent on taking them back to the ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Nostro
Stars: Dan Vadis, Helga Liné, Giovanni Di Benedetto
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Twin brothers revolt against tyranny in pre-Roman Italy and then come to a parting of the ways as they lead their people toward the founding of a new city.

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Steve Reeves, Gordon Scott, Virna Lisi
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

Strong yet sleepy Hercules discovers that the Queen of Atlantis is plotting to take over the world with superhuman warriors.

Director: Vittorio Cottafavi
Stars: Reg Park, Fay Spain, Ettore Manni
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

In the late 1500s, forces of the Duke of Malaga topple the Sacred Obelisk in the North African city of Melida before they're defeated by the local Sheik. The Shiek's men then sail to Spain ... See full summary »

Director: Domenico Paolella
Stars: Ed Fury, Erno Crisa, Gisella Arden
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Spartacus (as Rock Stevens)
Massimo Serato ...
Senator Lucio Quintilio
Livio Lorenzon ...
Commodio
Gloria Milland ...
Livia
Piero Lulli ...
Consul Metello
...
Terenzo
Andrea Checchi
Dario Michaelis
Franco Ressel
Bruno Scipioni
Giulio Tomei
Giovanni Petrucci
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 April 1965 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Challenge of the Gladiator  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the opening credits of the U.S. prints of this movie, available on DVD, the title appears in the plural: "Challenge of the Gladiators". See more »

Quotes

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.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
good script hampered by OK performances and stock footage
1 June 2015 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

I found the fake Nero plot to be interesting and pretty well worked out. This is "one of these" films which is more about history, which it takes pretty seriously--even if it's alternate history, but it seems to feel obliged to fit into the genre, so you have always shirtless Spartacus--it's impossible to see how this Spartacus could have anything to do with the one we know from history and other films--frequently tearing doors off of hinges or performing non plot related acts of muscle man strength. The love interest aspect (often weak and perhaps part of this genre of films gay following) is weak here and leads to a kind of preposterous Christian sub plot that is barely mentioned but figures into the movie towards the end. In this case the girl is a weak actress who is pretty but not very sexy and our lead muscle man has no chemistry with her.

Lupus, our hero, looks shiny and has impressive man boobs, but he seems to just stand around with the same expression and aside from his chest doesn't seem all that perfect and physical specimen. Supporting cast of various conspiring or heroic Roman's come off best in the acting department.

Widescreen composition and directing are OK at, there is one interesting scene using a statue of a woman and our real female lead in contrast to each other that is interestingly staged.

Also there are pretty obvious "big" shots of lots of extras and fighting taken from some other film. When you have the big battle at the end this is especially obvious and distracting. Also very weak is the final fight between our hero and the fake Nero. The two actors are certainly up for it but it's badly staged with an especially poor ending.

So there you go, if you can forgive the weakness of the execution of the last 30 minutes it's an above average historical (rather than mythically) based Peplum. I'd enjoyed most of it, but when the ending is weak it sours you on the whole thing.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Challenge of the Gladiator (1965) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?