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The Warrior and the Slave Girl (1958)

La rivolta dei gladiatori (original title)
Marcus Numidius (Ettore Manni), a Roman tribune sent to Armenia to put down a gladiators' revolt, captures the rebels' popular leader, Aselepius (Georges Marchal). Princess Amira (Gianna ... See full summary »


Vittorio Cottafavi


Gian Paolo Callegari (scenario) (as Gianpaolo Callegari), Francesco De Feo (scenario) | 5 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Gianna Maria Canale ... Amira
Ettore Manni ... Marco Numidio
Mara Cruz ... Zahar
Lina Rosales ... Ramnis
Georges Marchal ... Asclepio
Vega Vinci Vega Vinci ... Armodia
Nando Tamberlani Nando Tamberlani ... Senatore Lucilio
Renato Montalbano Renato Montalbano ... Fabrizio
Fidel Martín Fidel Martín ... Osro
Eulália del Pino ... Serva (as Eulalia Del Pino)
Rafael Durán ... Ministro Burkala (as Rafael Duran)
Salvatore Furnari Salvatore Furnari ... Astarte
Jesús Tordesillas ... Crisippo (as Jesus Tordesillas)


Marcus Numidius (Ettore Manni), a Roman tribune sent to Armenia to put down a gladiators' revolt, captures the rebels' popular leader, Aselepius (Georges Marchal). Princess Amira (Gianna Maria Canale), with ambitions of being Queen and jealous of Asclepius' popularity, plans his death in the arena by substituting a lion for his human opponent. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Italy | France | Spain



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November 1959 (USA) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 27912 delivered on 11-10-1958. See more »


In some scenes, the anamorphic lens on the camera is fixed out of alignment and is twisted to the left, which makes the image and everyone in it lean to the right on the film. See more »


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Entertaining Italian/Spanish co-production in which a Roman hero , gladiators and townspeople face off enemies in spectacular battles
1 August 2016 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This minor epic with standard plot in a different setting displays action , adventures , humor , climactic battles , luxurious scenarios and results to be quite amusing . It is the standard-issue one about the oppressed citizens rising up to overthrow a tyrant . Thus we have the usual scenes of the townspeople being drilled in the fighting to prepare them to eliminate the occupying force along with a court intrigue in which a nasty princess attempts to overthrow the loyal ruler , a kid whose leadership is his birthright . These scenes are wrapped around a predictable plot about rebel gladiators and a rebellious leader who leads his submitted country . Marcus Numidius (Ettore Manni) , a Roman tribune sent to Armenia to put down a gladiators' revolt , captures the rebels' popular leader , Aselepius (Georges Marchal) and frees a Roman officer (Rafael Luis Calvo) . Later on , Marcus is treated well by the Roman governor (Jesús Tordesillas) who gives him a great attention as guest of honour and splendid welcome but countrymen carry out a revolt . Meanwhile , Princess Amira (Gianna Maria Canale) , with ambitions of being Queen executes astute plans , as the little King is being poisoned to overthrow him . And jealous of Asclepius' popularity , she schemes his death in the arena by substituting a lion for his human opponent . But then , the bare-chested warrior helped by a dwarf (Salvatore Furnari who gives the comic relief) goes in an all-out rampage to save the boy .

"La Rivolta Dei Gladiatori" or "The Warrior and the Slave Girl¨(international title) directed by sometimes-lauded Cottafavi packs brief historical events about Armenia encroachment by Romans , gorgeous landscapes , glimmer scenarios, and battles well staged with hundreds of people . It is a fun film plenty of action , humor , fights , entertainment and amusement . The movie has not characterization accuracy neither expectation historic . This is a simple chronicle about an Oriental province at the Roman Empire where takes place a rebellion . Evocative costumes , bright photography , and a few good vistas help detract from the overall familiarity , and Ettore Manni makes an appealing though not especially charismatic hero . Highlights are gladiator combats , breathtaking battles , thrilling soundtrack and color cinematography . Being a Spain/Italy production there appears several secondary actors , many of them Peplum and Spaghetti's usual such as : Mara Cruz , Rafael Luis Calvo , Santiago Rivero and Jesús Tordesillas . Atmospheric as well as evocative musical score by Roberto Nicolisi . Colorful cinematography by Mario Pacheco , being filmed on location in La Pedriza , Manzanares Del Real , Madrid , Lazio , Rome , as well as studios : Pisorno Studios, Tirrenia, Tuscany, Italy and Sevilla Film Madrid, Spain . The flick will appeal to minor epic films buffs . Rating : Better than average and entertaining .

This motion picture titled ¨La Rebelión de los Gladiadores¨ is an enjoyable Sword and sandals flick , being professionally directed by Vittorio Cottafavi (1914-1998) ; he was a complete artist , painter and Peplum expert , as he directed : ¨Conquest of Atlántida¨, ¨Goliath and the Dragon¨(1961) with Mark Forest , Broderick Crawford , Bruce Cabot , ¨Hércules and the captive woman¨(1963) with Reg Park and the ordinary Ettore Manni , ¨Legions of Cleopatra¨, ¨Mesallina¨ and this ¨rebellion of gladiators¨. Vittorio began his professional career in the film industry as a clapper boy . After progressing to write motion picture screenplays and working as assistant director under Alessandro Blasetti and Vittorio De Sica, he became a director in his own right in 1943. Many of his films have been lavishly-produced, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, "sword-and sandal" or ¨Muscleman¨ epics, dealing with mythological subjects involving the Roman Empire or Ancient Egypt . From the mid-60's, Cottafavi concentrated exclusively on directing TV series and mini-series, under contract to RAI , many of them dealing with historic events or known personages such as Oliver Cromwell , Don Giovanni , Napoleone a Sant'Elena , Vita Di Dante and Cristóbal Colon .

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