20 October 2009 | ma-cortes
Entertaining and amusing third entry in ¨Ten Gladiators trilogy¨
A gladiator named Rocca (Dan Vadis)and his band of fellows gladiators (Sal Borgese, Vassili Karis, Pietro Torrisi, Jeff Cameron, Ivano Staccioli ,alia John Heston, among others )leave his work in the arena from Coliseum placed at Antioquia . They're received by the consul of Syria who assigns them a mission as spies . They join forces with Glauco(Stanley Kent) to spy and kidnapping the Queen Moluya(Helga Line) who is allegedly allied Partos to attack Antioquia. The ten gladiators are faced at every turn by dangerous enemies. Meanwhile Rocca falls in love with Moluya ( as in the second entry Vadis and Line do a likable couple) and then they must rescue the damsel in distress and defeat the Roman's enemies, the Partos who attempt conquer Syria.
This is the second part in the ¨ Ten gladiators trilogy¨ with a silly plot but full of struggles in the arena and sword-play. It packs action,tortures, fights , adventures and some touches of humor in charge of Sal Borgese . Ample support cast formed by muscle-men and regular from Western and Peplum as Enzo Fiermonte, Jeff Cameron,Pietro Torrisi who in the 80s as Peter McCoy played several sword and witchery movies and the veterans Carlo Tamberlani who performed numerous Peplum and Franco Pesce who made several S.W. as old sympathetic. As comic relief appears Sal Borgese, a sympathetic secondary playing a deaf-mute. Good production values with spectacular final battle full of extras and stock-shots from previous Roman films . It's shot in Rome, Lazio and Barcelona, Cataluña, because it's a co-production Spanish/ Italian produced by Alfonso Balcazar . Atmospheric musical score by Carlo Savina with catching musical leitmotif, he's usual of Western and here substituting to Angelo Francesco Lavagnino as composer . The motion picture is professionally directed by Nick Nostro.
The best installment is the first titled ¨I dice gladiatori(1963) or Ten gladiators¨ by Gianfranco Parolini with Roger Browne, Jose Greci and Dan Vavis as Rocca who dies at the end , here the gladiators taking on Nero, Gianni Rizzo, and his henchman Tijelinus . It's followed by ¨Spartacus and ten gladiators¨ by Nick Nostro set in Italy during Spartacus rebellion and a gorgeous Helga Line as the love interest , there appears seven gladiators fighting habitual evil villain Gianni Rizzo.