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La vendetta dei gladiatori (1964)

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In 454 A.D. barbarians led by the Vandal king, Genseri, besiege Rome which is ruled by the ineffectual Valentinian III and his wife, Calpurnia. The Roman general Ezio manages to temporarily... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Mickey Hargitay ...
Fabio
José Greci ...
Priscilla
Livio Lorenzon ...
Renato Baldini ...
Ezio, generale
Roldano Lupi ...
Valentiniano III
Andrea Checchi ...
Gavinio
Nerio Bernardi ...
Tidone
Andreina Paul ...
Calpurnia
Bruno Scipioni
Mirko Ellis ...
Vilfredo, figlio di Genserico
Giulio Tomei ...
Officiante cristiano
Dante Maggio ...
Ubriaco nella taverna
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aldo Canti ...
Lucio, gladiatore (as Nick Jordan)
Luigi Casellato
Giovanni Cianfriglia ...
Fulvio, gladiatore
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In 454 A.D. barbarians led by the Vandal king, Genseri, besiege Rome which is ruled by the ineffectual Valentinian III and his wife, Calpurnia. The Roman general Ezio manages to temporarily halt the Vandals' advance. Now arriving on the scene is Ezio's son, Fabius, who had been reported as killed in battle. Fabius falls in love with Valentinian's daughter, Priscilla, while coming to the realization that Rome is weak and corrupt. Genseri now hatches a plan to take over Rome by marrying his son to Priscilla, To prevent this, Fabius hides Priscilla but is then captured and tortured by Genseri who wants to know the young woman's whereabouts. Priscilla comes forward and agrees to marry Genseri's son if Genseri will free Fabius. Genseri agrees but, at the wedding, he breaks his word and shows Priscilla a cross where Fabius has been crucified with ropes. Priscilla is outraged but then relieved when Fabius' friends arrive to save Fabius and to defeat the Vandals in battle. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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31 December 1964 (Italy)  »

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Revenge of the Gladiators  »

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Genseri the Vandal: Heat your irons and bring them over here quickly. I know how to make him talk.
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A routine "sword and sandal"
12 October 2005 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

It takes Mickey Hargitay nearly twenty minutes to make his first appearance in this movie and when he arrives on the scene, he adds little to the proceedings. Best known as Jayne Mansfield's one-time husband, Hargitay excelled in bodybuilding but he's an indifferent actor with little charisma -- especially when he's asked to be "noble" and "heroic" -- and he's flatly dubbed in English with the voice of an oily radio announcer. As for the plot, it's the usual mishmash of corrupt rulers, dastardly villains, damsels in distress, and muscular heroes leading a revolt. As often occurs in these peplums, (pepla?), the brawny leading man winds up in torturous bondage, and while Hargitay looks good with his shirt off, his body lacks the spectacular quality of Steve Reeves or Gordon Scott. The torture to which he's first subjected is also quite disappointing. It consists of having him tied to a pole where he's denied water and occasionally given a half-hearted lash with a whip. Ooooh! The agony! Later we see Hargitay tied to a high cross with his arms stretched out and pulled around the crossbeam. This is apparently meant to give the plot a religious touch but it merely results in a chance to see Hargitay stripped to a loincloth and looking mildly uncomfortable. (Curiously, his crucifiers allow Hargitay to retain his footwear.)


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