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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 »


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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The son of Spartacus leads the slaves against their tyrant oppressors! See more »


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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)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the javelin contest, the ship's captain says that it would take Hercules to remove the javelins from the ship's mast. Steve Reeves had become a worldwide sensation playing Hercules in two movies which started the craze for these Italian sword and sandal epics. 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 »


Vetius: If you condemn the son of Spartacus to the cross, you must do the same to all of us.
[Behind him stands the entire population, several hundreds of men, women, and children]
Giulio Cesare: We have not enough wood for so many crosses, isn't that so, Verulus?
Verulus: Yes, Caesar, and you didn't appoint me governor of a dead people.
Giulio Cesare: Set him free!
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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 »


Referenced in In the Jungle: The making of Cannibal Holocaust (2003) See more »

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Zorro in Roman times
2 May 2018 | by jake-179See all my reviews

One of the better Sword and Sandal movies from the golden era of the genre (the 1960's). Awesome to see Steve Reeves in his prime. If this movie had been made in the 1980's, no doubt Schwarzenegger would have been the lead. Beautifully shot on location in Egypt, the setting really does seem to improve the movie. Lot's of action, plenty of sword fights and cool set pieces. I think what stood out to me the most about this movie was the similarities to the "Zorro" story. Reeve's character is a bit like a super hero, darting off out of view to change in to a costume (son of Spartacus) that hides his true identity. Zorro would leave his mark, a "Z" carved with his sword. Son of Spartacus leaves an "S" carved or painted in to shields and walls to terrorize the abusive governor. It really did strike me as "Zorro" set in Roman times and happening in Egypt. Check out the size of the mole on the neck of the guy that played Caesar. Holy crap, he should have had that thing surgically removed. It was like a vestigial twin living on his shoulder/neck. Grotesque!

Overall, a good sword and sandal movie that I would have loved when I was 8 - 12 years old. Somehow I only just saw this movie for the first time now that I am 45 years old, but I still enjoyed it.

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