Challenge of the Gladiator

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Challenge of the Gladiator
Challenge of the Gladiator.jpg
Directed by Domenico Paolella
Starring Peter Lupus
Music by Giuseppe Piccillo
Distributed by American International Pictures (USA)
Release date
1964 (USA)
Country Italy
Language Italian

Challenge of the Gladiator (Italian: Il gladiatore che sfidò l'impero) is a 1965 Italian peplum film directed by Domenico Paolella.[1][2]


Treacherous Roman senator Lucius Quintilius plans a secret journey into Thrace to recover a legendary treasure. He is accompanied by his daughter Livia posing as a Christian slave girl, his cruel henchman Commodio, and Terenzius, an ex-gladiator and Nero look-alike who fools the local Thracians into believing he is the real Emperor. But Lucius's plans are thwarted by Spartacus and his band of rebels who succeed in capturing the treasure for Thrace. When news arrives from Rome that the real Nero has died, local Roman governor Consul Metellus joins forces with Spartacus to defeat the traitors.



  1. ^ Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia; Mario Pecorari. Dizionario del cinema italiano. I film. Gremese Editore, 1992. ISBN 8876055932. 
  2. ^ Michele Giordano. Giganti buoni. Gremese Editore, 1998. ISBN 8877421835. 

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