The decurion Randus holds himself so well in the command of his troops, that Caesar promotes him to centurion. He is subsequently sent to Egypt, to keep Caesar informed on the actions and ...
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The decurion Randus holds himself so well in the command of his troops, that Caesar promotes him to centurion. He is subsequently sent to Egypt, to keep Caesar informed on the actions and intentions of co-triumvir Marcus Licinius Crassus - a man too rich, and ambitious, for Caesar's comfort. A fateful sea trip from Egypt to Rome forces Randus in captivity by mercenary troops, and leads a revolt by which he gets freedom for himself, and all the other slaves. Through an amulet he received from his late mother, a man who had fought by Spartacus' side, identifies the young man as Spartacus' and Varinia's son. At first reluctant to accept this story about his origins, Randus will be forced by the circumstances to repeat the feat of his father, twenty years later.Written by
For the U.S. release through M.G.M., the film was re-titled "The Slave." The promotional material clearly mentioned "Steve Reeves is The Son of Spartacus." See more »
The story takes place during the triumvirate of Crassus, Caesar and Pompey (65-60 BC), but when Crassus talks with Verulus and Randus, with the Sphinx serving as background, it is plain that the monument has already lost its nose - a fact that would take place 1850 years later. See more »
The Italian theatrical version had a 101 minute running time, with minor censorship cuts for violence. The foreign versions, namely the UK (Son of Spartacus), the USA (The Slave), the German (Der Sohn des Spartakus), and the Finish, run over 102 minutes. Although unconfirmed, there are video versions in Italy and France cut to 97 or 95 minutes. See more »
Minus the beard and the voice that came from the large intestine., Steve Reeves
is cast in this film as a Roman centurion and highly regarded aide to Julius
Caesar. Yet because of an amulet he wears he's discovered to be the son of the
It helps to understand the film if you've seen the Kirk Douglas classic Spartacus.
If you remember the end the widow of Spartacus Jean Simmons is rushed out of
Rome and out of the reach of Crassus. Presumably the kid had a good Roman
upbringing and now has a career in the Roman Legion. He's come to the attention of Julius Caesar in a good way.
Which is why he's sent on a mission to Crassus who's guarding the Empire out
in the East and getting richer and richer on plunder. This is where Steve Reeves discovers his real roots, kind of like the Charlton Heston as Moses discovered his roots in The Ten Commandments.
Reeves is all in sympathy with the people rebelling against Crassus and like in
The Desert Song the Roman Centurion and establishment figure becomes a
Red Shadow like leader. Good he could be ridding Julius Caesar of a rival
figure in his quest for power, bad he is rebelling against Rome. What's a dictator to do?
Although The Slave blends elements of far better films in it, it's an all right
piece of peplum product. Reeves has a decent speaking voice on his own for
this film. And those pecs and abs are still outstanding.
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