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Maciste, gladiatore di Sparta (1964)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 26 March 1964 (Italy)
Maciste fights for right and might against the wicked Caesar.

Director:

Mario Caiano

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Mario Amendola (screenplay), Alfonso Brescia (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mark Forest ... Maciste
Marilù Tolo ... Olympia
Elisabetta Fanti Elisabetta Fanti ... Livia (as Elisabeth Fanty)
Robert Hundar ... Zefatius
Franco Cobianchi Franco Cobianchi ... Vitellius (as Peter White)
Giuseppe Addobbati ... Marcellus
Ferruccio Amendola Ferruccio Amendola ... Dammatius
Ugo Attanasio Ugo Attanasio
Lea Monaco Lea Monaco
Renato Navarrini Renato Navarrini
Jacques Stany Jacques Stany ... Epialte
Bruno Ukmar Bruno Ukmar ... Tirfeo
Enrico Salvatore Enrico Salvatore ... (as Enrico Salvatore)
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Maciste fights for right and might against the wicked Caesar.

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Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

26 March 1964 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Terror of Rome Against the Son of Hercules See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 42561 delivered on 24-3-1964. See more »

Goofs

Various scenes in the palace feature Vitellius ("Caesar" in the American version) and others drinking wine from brass goblets. It's obvious the goblets are empty; the characters gesture with them freely without spilling a drop, and at times offer views clear to the bottom. See more »

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Where is Ray Harryhausen When You Need Him?
8 July 2008 | by CalabossSee all my reviews

I've seen quite a number of the Italian, mythological muscle man movies, and I find this one to be pretty slow going. Mark Forest does his job as the powerful stalwart, and all the other elements are here (horses, chariots, pretty women and daring do), but the movie keeps coming to a screeching halt about every ten minutes for lengthy verbal plot points. I saw the English dubbed version, which may have contributed to this, but lengthy talking scenes are just as long in any language. These are supposed to be action films, aren't they?

I thought the Steve Reeves/Hercules movies moved along best. (BTW, why did the Italians import Americans for these roles; Forest, and Steve Reeves? Didn't they have any Italian body builders to utilize?) Even one of the action sequences here, with our hero up against a great ape, was a rather drab, ho-hum affair. A number of these movies could have been well served by some Dynamation from Ray Harryhausen.

For fans of the genre, this movie is watchable, as long as you aren't looking for anything new or particularly exciting. If you're not a fan, don't start with this one. It will put you off from watching the better efforts.


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