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Sheba and the Gladiator (1959)

Nel segno di Roma (original title)
Zenobia, Queen of Palmira, revolts against Rome and defeats the Roman troops... But she makes a big mistake when she falls in love with enemy officer Marco Valerio.

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Guido Brignone
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anita Ekberg ... Zenobia - Queen of Palmira
Georges Marchal ... Marcus Valerius - Roman Consul
Folco Lulli ... Zemanzius - Zenobia's Prime Minister
Chelo Alonso ... Erica - Zemanzius' Favorite and Dancer
Gino Cervi ... Aurelianus - Emperor of Rome
Jacques Sernas ... Julianus - Roman Centurian
Lorella De Luca ... Bathsheba - the Vestal
Alberto Farnese Alberto Farnese ... Marcello
Paul Muller ... Slave Master
Mimmo Palmara ... Lator
Alfredo Varelli Alfredo Varelli ... Vithos
Sergio Sauro Sergio Sauro ... Flavio
Arturo Bragaglia Arturo Bragaglia
Remo De Angelis Remo De Angelis
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Storyline

Zenobia, Queen of Palmira, revolts against Rome and defeats the Roman troops under the command of the consul Marcus Valerius. Forced into slavery and tortured in the cross, Marcus manages to escape, and come to the presence of the queen, offering her his services. They fall in love, which complicates his task, and his loyalty towards Rome. Marcus will help the Romans to conquer her territory, but he will also save her life from a coup led by the treacherous Zemanzius. Written by Artemis-9

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Explodes With Wondrous Spectacle in Color Scope See more »


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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

23 September 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sheba and the Gladiator See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first Italian sword and sandal epic for Cuban actress Chelo Alonso. See more »

Goofs

The real Zenobia was very likely dark-haired and dark-skinned. See more »

Quotes

Slave Master: [to Marcus Valerius] For what you have done, I will make you suffer. Take him out to the cross. I'll show you. Up in the sun, and such a thirst that you'll ask us for death. But you'll pay more. Pay until you never forget. Put him up now.
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Connections

Featured in Kolossal - i magnifici Macisti (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Xenobia
(end title song, US dubbed version)
(1959)
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Milton Raskin
Sung by Bill Lee
Played by the Al Simms Sextet
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ANITA EKBERG HEAVEN!
5 August 2000 | by n1016679See all my reviews

I assume this isn't the easiest film for people to see. It isn't on video (to my knowledge), doesn't turn up at cinema's. In Australia it turns up occasionally on our foriegn language channel as part of their "sword & sandal" series. And my God, Anita Ekberg. Already a fan of her....um, talents. This film offers a rare view of more of her talents than before. Her outfits are very sensuous. Given the chance to meet her, I think my manhood would have shrunk away, as she is a very powerful icon, yet watched from a far, she is an Amazonian entity to adore. For serious film fans, you shouldn't feel guilty for watching this "trash", as Sergio Leone's name can be glimpsed in the writers credits!


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