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31 December 1964 (Italy) See more »
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Roman soldiers capture Attalus (a.k.a. Hercules) in a battle at the fringes of the Roman Empire. They... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Alfonso Brescia 
 
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Alfonso Brescia 

Produced by
Anacleto Fontini .... producer
 
Original Music by
Marcello Giombini 
 
Cinematography by
Pier Ludovico Pavoni  (as Pierludovico Pavoni)
 
Film Editing by
Nella Nannuzzi 
 
Production Design by
Pier Vittorio Marchi 
 
Costume Design by
Mario Giorsi 
 
Makeup Department
Lina Cassini .... hair stylist
Andrea Riva .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Albino Morandini .... production supervisor (as Albino Morandin)
Carlo Vassalle .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Filiberto Fiaschi .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Franco Groppioni .... sound
Raul Montesanti .... boom operator
Mario Morigi .... sound
Sandro Occhetti .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mario Pastorini .... assistant camera
Fausto Rossi .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Silvano Giusti .... costume assistant
 
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Filippo Perrone .... script editor
 

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Also Known As:
"Il magnifico gladiatore" - Italy (original title)
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Runtime:
Italy:95 min | West Germany:82 min
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West Germany:12 (cut version)
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Attalus:So far I have been able to convince them to be patient and disciplined, but it's not easy to stand idle while your country is run over by Huns.See more »

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"Gladiator" -- yes / "Magnificent" -- no, 31 March 2010
Author: dinky-4 from Minneapolis

Those sword-and-sandal movies of the early 60s may not have scored particularly well in such areas as acting, dialog, and characterization, but they frequently offered lively and colorful doses of entertainment. "The Magnificent Gladiator" comes toward the end of this cycle and while it isn't out and out bad, it seems tired, anemic, and bland.

Mark Forest, who doesn't appear to have his heart in this project, is too easy-going a hero to engage our interest. He never seems sufficiently troubled or challenged and he's never subjected to one of those tortuous tests-of-strength which are often a staple in these endeavors. What's more, he's never seen completely bare-chested, instead choosing to wear an outfit which has leather straps crossing his upper torso.

The villains also register as lightweight threats. Paolo Gozlino plays the ambitious nobleman who wants to become Caesar and Jolanda Modio appears as his conniving girlfriend, but they offer only token amounts of evil. Marilu Tolo provides the requisite but quite forgettable "love interest." Like Ms. Modio, she looks and dresses less like a Roman aristocrat and more like a Victoria's Secret model. Fortunately, there are none of those annoying, wise-cracking midgets in the cast but we get instead an annoying, wise-cracking shepherd who comes across as a combination of Jerry Lewis and Bugs Bunny and whose every pronouncement is unaccountably greeted with gales of indulgent laughter from those around him. Franco Cobianchi takes acting honors, such as they are, in the dual role of Caesar and his look-like. He, at least, seems to be enjoying himself.

Production values are quite thin with all of ancient Rome apparently consisting of just three or four rooms and maybe three dozen citizens.

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