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La rivolta degli schiavi (1960)

TV-PG | | Adventure | June 1961 (USA)
During the later years of the Roman Empire, the daughter of a wealthy patrician falls in love with a Christian slave.

Director:

Nunzio Malasomma

Writers:

Daniel Mainwaring (English dialogue), Stefano Strucchi | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Rhonda Fleming ... Fabiola
Lang Jeffries ... Vibio
Darío Moreno ... Massimiano
Ettore Manni ... San Sebastiano
Wandisa Guida Wandisa Guida ... Agnese
Gino Cervi ... Fabio
Fernando Rey ... Valerio
Serge Gainsbourg ... Corvino
José Nieto ... Sesto
Benno Hoffmann Benno Hoffmann ... Pretoriano
Rainer Penkert Rainer Penkert ... Massimo
Antonio Casas ... Tertulio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vanoye Aikens Vanoye Aikens ... Iface (as Van Aikens)
Dolores Francine Dolores Francine ... Liubaia
Burt Nelson Burt Nelson ... Catulo
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Storyline

During the later years of the Roman Empire, the daughter of a wealthy patrician falls in love with a Christian slave.

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Taglines:

The revels... the ravages - the revolt of the ages! See more »

Genres:

Adventure

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Italy | Spain | West Germany

Language:

Italian | German

Release Date:

June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revolt of the Slaves See more »

Filming Locations:

Spain

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When the Christians are sent across the arena to run for their lives and freedom if they reach the line on the other side, the gladiators kill them all from behind and from a distance with a javelin in the back, and they all fall forward on their faces and die. The next time we see them, they are lying in different positions. See more »

Quotes

Vibio: [to Claudia who's come to watch his flogging] Ah, mistress, why don't you come closer? It's hard to see blood drawn from that distance.
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Connections

Version of Fabiola (1918) See more »

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Vibio saves the day but ruins the movie
12 January 2003 | by JLarson2006See all my reviews

Revolt of the Slaves is loosely based on a famous novel called Fabiola written by Cardinal Wiseman in the 1850s. It strays drastically from the original story, keeping some of the same characters (in particular the martyrs Sebastian and Agnes), and some of the same scenes, but downplaying martyrdom as a whole, and trying to make a movie that could be called "Vibio saves the Christians." The "Vibio" character is not part of the Fabiola story. He is introduced as a slave who is also a Christian, but he isn't about to be a martyr. He rescues Christians a number of times throughout the movie. Action scenes are everywhere in this movie, and every one of them is added--none are from the book.

I loved the book Fabiola, and I found this to be a deconstruction of it, not only in story but in philosophy. The screenwriters had some sympathy for the Christians, and portrayed them somewhat positively, but wanted to make them safe and happy in this world. If you know anything about the Diocletian persecution, Christians were anything but safe in those days. Faith is present in some of the characters, and it comes in handy, but physical combat seems to be the preferred mode of doing business. This movie had potential, but it was just Hercules vs. the pagan Romans.


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