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Sign of 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.

Directors:

Guido Brignone, Michelangelo Antonioni (uncredited)
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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
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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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Copyright dated 1958 and eventually passed by the British Board of Film Censors under the title Sign of the Gladiator on 20 April 1960. Anglo Amalgamated, who were contracted to distribute for American International Pictures, used AIP's dubbed print. Previewed in London at Studio One, Oxford Street on 19 May 1960 (for press and trade only). Opened to the London public at ABC's Prince of Wales, Harrow Road, on 11 July 1960. The theatrical release was quite successful, but after going the rounds the film wasn't seen again in the UK for 30 years. Channel 4 finally revived the film as the second in their Sword and Sandal season on 1 January 1992. Although still billed as Sign of the Gladiator, Channel 4 presented a new print with Italian dialogue and English subtitles. Repeated once on 24 August 1996, but never seen since. See more »

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

Quotes

Julianus, Roman Centurian: Tell me, have you news of the Consul Valerius? They haven't killed him yet, have they, Bathsheba?
Bathsheba, the Vestal: Worse. He's a slave in the mines.
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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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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

23 September 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sheba and the Gladiator See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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