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The Slave (1962)

Il figlio di Spartacus (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Sergio Corbucci

Writers:

Adriano Bolzoni (story), Adriano Bolzoni (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Steve Reeves ... Randus - son of Spartacus
Jacques Sernas ... Vetius - companion of late Spartacus
Gianna Maria Canale ... Claudia - wife of Crassus
Claudio Gora ... Crassus - governor of Egypt
Ombretta Colli Ombretta Colli ... Saïde - the Egyptian slavegirl
Roland Bartrop Roland Bartrop ... Lumonius - decurion friend of Randus
Franco Balducci Franco Balducci ... Verus - ship's Commander
Enzo Fiermonte ... Gulbar - slave wrestling Randus
Renato Baldini ... Verulus - Caesar's adjutant
Gloria Parri Gloria Parri ... Egyptian slave woman
Giovanni Cianfriglia Giovanni Cianfriglia ... Soldier whiplashing at Saïda
Benito Stefanelli Benito Stefanelli ... Nordic blond slave
Ahmed Ramzy ... Murdok - a Lybian Chief
Hassan Ahmed Hassan Ahmed ... Zarok - a Lybian Prince
Ivo Garrani Ivo Garrani ... Julius Caesar - Roman Triunvir
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Storyline

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 Artemis-9

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The Spirit of Spartacus Fights On! See more »


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

24 August 1962 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Slave See more »

Filming Locations:

Egypt See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1974)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

La schiava Seila: [to Randus] My friend, my life... is you - my love!
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Alternate Versions

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 »

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Referenced in Naked Complex (1963) See more »

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Mission to Crassus
2 May 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

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 legendary Spartacus.

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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