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Three Giants of the Roman Empire (1971)

Il ritorno del gladiatore più forte del mondo (original title)
In 310 AD, the Roman Empire is under threat by traitors within the Roman government. After continuous attacks on their northern borders by hordes of Germanic barbarians, Centurion Marcus ... See full summary »


Bitto Albertini (as Al Albert)


Bitto Albertini (as Adalberto Albertini)




Complete credited cast:
Brad Harris ... Marzio
Massimo Serato ... Caio Appio Quintilliano (as John Barracuda)
Raf Baldassarre Raf Baldassarre ... The Fox
Michel Lemoine ... Sevio
Maria Pia Conte ... Licia
Adler Gray Adler Gray ... Diana
Margaret Rose Keil ... Caio Appio's Sister
Paolo Rosani Paolo Rosani ... Claudio
Alberto Farnese Alberto Farnese ... Tullio Valerio (as Albert Farley)
Attilio Dottesio ... Manlio, Licia's Father (as Attilio D'Ottesio)
Carla Mancini Carla Mancini ... Christian Woman in Catacombs
Filippo Perego Filippo Perego ... Diana's Father
Sergio Serafini Sergio Serafini ... A Soldier


In 310 AD, the Roman Empire is under threat by traitors within the Roman government. After continuous attacks on their northern borders by hordes of Germanic barbarians, Centurion Marcus discovers that the invaders have been supplied with Roman weapons and equipment. Proconsul Tullius Valerius suspects that Gaius Appius Quintillianus, the provincial governor of the northern Germanic states, is secretly collaborating with those barbarian chiefs plotting to end Roman rule. Valerius decides to attack the barbarians, which he knows will be heavily criticised by the senators in Rome, and puts Marcus in command of the operation. Newly promoted vice-consul Marcus, a former gladiator, and his two faithful friends must go undercover to find the truth and discover the traitors behind this treacherous plot before it's too late. Written by bcarruthers-76500

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Release Date:

13 August 1971 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Return of the Gladiator See more »

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Lea Film See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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This movie, starring Brad Harris, is better known as "Return of the Gladiator." The original Italian name of the movie was "IL RITORNO DEL GLADIATORE PIU' FORTE DEL MONDO" meaning "The Return Of The Strongest Gladiator In The World", which was then shortened to "Return of the Gladiator" for its release. See more »


Caio Appio Quintilliano: Listen to me. Your way of retreat has been cut off. My army is more numerous than yours. I'll squash you.
Marzio: Tomorrow we'll see who's alive at the end of the battle, who's to be squashed.
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Referenced in Escale à Nanarland: L'Homme Puma (2010) See more »

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A minor historical drama with points of interest
25 October 2005 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

Those "sword and sandal" movies which came out of Italy in the wake of Steve Reeves' "Hercules" might be divided into two categories. There are the mythological movies which include gods and goddesses, fanciful beasts, magic potions, and heroes of superhuman strength; then there are the historical movies which simply tell "action" stories set during the days of ancient Greece and Rome. Falling into the latter category is this movie which, on videotape, is also known as "Three Giants from Rome" and "Three Giants of the Roman Empire." Its hero is not a demi-god such as Hercules but rather a gallant soldier known as Marcus whose battles are not against fire-breathing dragons but rather against political enemies in the year 310 A.D. As a historical drama this movie has promise but it's badly marred, (at least in videotape prints which seem to be missing bits of footage), by unwanted touches of slapstick comedy and by a confused geography which often has the viewer wondering just where various scenes take place. In Rome itself, on the Empire's northeastern frontiers, or somewhere in between? What's more, the movie's final battle scene merely pads out the running time without adding significant interest to the story. On the plus side must be counted handsome, blue-eyed Brad Harris -- one of the best of the Steve Reeves' wannabe's -- who lends strength and substance to a part barely deserving of his efforts. While the script doesn't endow him with superhuman powers, it does subject him to one of those "beefcake-bondage" ordeals which are hallmarks of the sword-and-sandal genre. Stripped to loincloth and boots and tied between two pairs of horses, Harris -- looking great at age 37 -- is stretched like the proverbial wishbone for more than a full minute but he does not snap and this scene -- along with similar ones involving Steve Reeves in "Goliath and the Barbarians," Reg Park in "Maciste in King Solomon's Mines," and Kirk Morris in "Triumph of the Son of Hercules" -- is a classic.

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