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Sword of the Empire (1964)

Una spada per l'impero (original title)
Rome, under Commodus: intrigue, fight for power, gladiators, senators, Christians, Barbarians, slaves, Pretorians, battles, wrestles, swords and muscles in by-the-numbers Italian epic.

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Quintus Marcus, Roman Consul
José Greci ...
Nissia, blonde slave
Enzo Tarascio ...
Emperor Commodus
Howard Ross ...
Leto (as Renato Rossini)
Mila Stanic ...
Marcia, a Christian
Angela Angelucci ...
Omah, brunette slave
Giuseppe Addobbati ...
Pertinacius
Ignazio Leone ...
Tigerio
Adriano Micantoni ...
Artale
Edgardo Siroli ...
Sisto
Antonio Devi ...
Fabio
Mario Ghignone ...
Roman Christian
Fedele Gentile ...
Valerio
Paola Di Mario ...
Lucilla
Pasquale Basile ...
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Rome, under Commodus: intrigue, fight for power, gladiators, senators, Christians, Barbarians, slaves, Pretorians, battles, wrestles, swords and muscles in by-the-numbers Italian epic.

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He pledged his sword against the murdering invaders!


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21 October 1964 (Italy)  »

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SWORD OF THE EMPIRE (Sergio Grieco, 1964) *1/2
19 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the least peplums I have watched, one I was not familiar with previously and actually only acquired for the sake of an American fanatic of such low-brow fare! Despite the plot being virtually a skeleton of the same year's THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, the result is thoroughly undistinguished; the main culprits for this are the ineffectual presence of both hero and villain – with the latter managing to render Commodus (so vividly incarnated by Christopher Plummer in the above-mentioned Hollywood epic) uninteresting and his inherent volatile nature suggesting not madness but a pathetic figure (being also something of a lecher)!

Incidentally, the presence of the barbarians here feels almost like an afterthought: amusingly, the hero is greeted by them during an official visit and is even engaged in a wrestling match…but, as soon as he has exited the tent, their head violently berates the men for making his tribe the laughing-stock of the Empire by having allowed the Roman to win! Sequences depicting military skirmishes and Senate meetings, then, are par for the course – which is ideal for watching with a running tongue-in-cheek commentary when in good company!


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