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The Slave (1962)

Il figlio di Spartacus (original title)
During the power struggle between Caesar and Crassus, a Roman centurion, who is the lost son of Spartacus, is dispatched to Crassus' camp to observe his movements and keep Caesar informed.


Sergio Corbucci


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


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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 (as Ahmad Ramzi)
Hassan Ahmed Hassan Ahmed ... Zarok - a Lybian Prince
Ivo Garrani Ivo Garrani ... Julius Caesar - Roman Triunvir


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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Release Date:

24 August 1962 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Slave: The Son of Spartacus See more »

Filming Locations:

Egypt See more »

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Technical Specs


| (1974)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


In the English version, the mercenaries serving Crassus are called "Licians", but their black features and leopard fur outfits identify them rather as Lybians or Nubians. See more »


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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I Am Not Spartacus! (But He Was My Daddy)
3 May 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

After the international success of HERCULES, the Steve Reeves Swords-and-Sandals vehicle THE SLAVE clearly had some money spent on its production values -- good costumes and some nice sets to accent good camera lighting abound. The plot, typical of peplum movies, is a mishmosh of themes intended to take advantage of recent hits.

Reeves is a Roman centurion working for the noble Julius Caesar in Rome. He is captured by leopard-skin wearing desert barbarians working for the evil Crassus, escapes, gets captured again, is enslaved, identified as Spartacus' son (hence the movie's Italian title) and leads a slave rebellion.

Director Sergio Corbucci does his usual highly competent job, abetted by the handsome production values that Cinecitta was capable of; kudos especially to director of Photography Enzo Baroni, whose lighting suggests illustrations on parchment. Although the writing never rises above the level of silliness that such cheap epics aspired to, fans of the genre will find plenty to enjoy.

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