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Rebel Gladiators (1962)

Ursus gladiatore ribelle (original title)
March 17, 180 A.D.: Marcus Aurelius, one of the greatest Roman emperors and distinct philosopher, is dying in the outskirts of the empire he has consolidated himself, by pacifying the ... See full summary »


Domenico Paolella


Alessandro Ferraù (story), Domenico Paolella (story) | 7 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Dan Vadis ... Ursus
Gloria Milland Gloria Milland ... Marzia
José Greci ... Arminia (as Josè Greci)
Sergio Ciani ... Commodus
Andrea Aureli ... Gladiators' Instructor
Carlo Sabatini Carlo Sabatini ... Septimius Leto (as Carlo Delmi)
Tullio Altamura ... Antoninus
Nando Tamberlani ... Marcus Aurelius
Gianni Santuccio Gianni Santuccio ... Senator Emilius Leto
Pietro Ceccarelli Pietro Ceccarelli
Consalvo Dell'Arti Consalvo Dell'Arti ... Senator Lucius
Marco Mariani Marco Mariani
Bruno Scipioni Bruno Scipioni
Claudio Marzulli Claudio Marzulli


March 17, 180 A.D.: Marcus Aurelius, one of the greatest Roman emperors and distinct philosopher, is dying in the outskirts of the empire he has consolidated himself, by pacifying the neighboring peoples. His only son and heir is Marcus Commodus, a strong man who prefers to fight as a gladiator in the arena. Ursus will find himself fighting the emperor in the arena, and in the midst of political intrigue. Written by Artemis-9

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Desperate Men Against a Savage Tyrant!


Did You Know?


Of all the onscreen portrayals of Commodus, Sergio Ciani's is probably the closest to the real emperor. The real Commodus was athletic and muscular. In reality, Commodus, as in the film, did enjoy performing as a gladiator. He was also said to have been a skilled swordsman and marksman. See more »


Commodus is referred to in the movie as Marcus Commodus. Never in his life did he ever have that name, nor was he ever known by that name. See more »


Villager: But he wanted to take our women!
Ursus: In a way I can't blame him... he shows rather good taste!
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Alan Steel and Dan Vadis duke it out...
22 October 2008 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

Alan Steel and Dan Vadis duke it out...not just once, but twice in this above average peplum opus. That alone is worth your time, but the film is actually a good one, with lots of action, telling the story of Marcus Aurelius' heir, Commodus, who succeeds to the purple but is more interested in being a gladiator than a Ceasar. Steel has a great time and does a good job portraying this whack-job of an emperor, more convincingly than Joaquin Phoenix and just as good as Christopher Plummer. The scriptwriters got it right,as far as they went, but it's tame compared to the facts. Vadis (who is better playing villains and whack-jobs himself) is miscast and the weakest part of the film. It would have been a much better film if the Ursus character were eliminated and the chief opponent of Commodus were Septimius Leto (Carlo Delmi), the handsome young senator's son who resembles a wavy-haired Lex Barker. His role starts off promising to be an important character and then just gets lost and forgotten during the proceedings which sorely need him. This film needs to be restored and seen by those who enjoy this fare, it's one of the better entries in the genre.

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1963 (USA) See more »

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Ursus le rebelle See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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