Revolt of the Slaves

1960

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IMDb Rating 5.5

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Reviewed by bkoganbing 4

Rhonda Fleming would shortly be ending her big screen career and would henceforth do roles mostly for television. I&#39;m sure that Revolt Of The Slaves might have had a lot to do with that decision. It was a project of her&#39;s and the man whom she would soon marry, Lang Jeffries.<br/><br/>This is a Christian martyr film along the lines of The Sign Of The Cross and Quo Vadis. But Fleming&#39;s film takes place much later than the early Empire years of those classics. She plays Fabiola who in real life had an interesting story to tell, but this isn&#39;t it.<br/><br/>Nor for that matter are the stories of Sebastian and Agnes two other noted martyrs. The lives of Fabiola, Sebastian, and Agnes inter lap chronologically, but they apparently never knew each other unlike how The Revolt Of The Slaves tells the tale.<br/><br/>Jeffries plays Vibio a Christian slave who Fleming takes one look at stripped down and in the true DeMille tradition of sex and gospel falls for him. But Vibio missed the course in turning the other cheek. He&#39;s going to fight for his fellow believers in the way he was trained as a gladiator.<br/><br/>One fascinating bit of history that I will have to look up and change my review if it is correct, but this is the only Peplum film I&#39;ve seen that has the Romans using black African mercenaries. Emperor Massimiano played by Dario Moreno apparently doesn&#39;t trust his Roman Guards and he&#39;s got a private army of black guards whom he uses for things like suppressing the heresy of Christianity.<br/><br/>They have a white commander, a sniveling little ferret of a human being played by Serge Gainsbourg. He has a death scene to beat all and I won&#39;t say another word. You should see Revolt Of The Slaves for that alone.

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Reviewed by dinky-4 7

Those Biblical &quot;epics&quot; of the 1950&#39;s and early 1960&#39;s usually fell into two categories. There were the lavish, big-studio productions such as &quot;Quo Vadis&quot; and &quot;The Robe&quot; and then there were the lesser, sword-and-sandal productions exemplified by the &quot;Hercules&quot; movies.<br/><br/>&quot;Revolt of the Slaves&quot; is one of the few productions to fall in between these two categories. It has the big-budget look of a Hollywood spectacle -- sharp wide-screen photography, handsome sets and costumes, etc. -- coupled with the kind of script and direction more closely identified with those made-in-Italy mini-epics.<br/><br/>Even the star of the show, Rhonda Fleming, is something of an &quot;in-betweener.&quot; She&#39;s not quite up in the Deborah Kerr or Jean Simmons league but she&#39;s clearly a notch above, say, Sylva Koscina. Unfortunately, she&#39;s about ten years too old to be playing this part, especially since she&#39;s matched with an obviously-younger Lang Jeffries. (Though about to be married in real life, there&#39;s not much on-screen chemistry between these two.)<br/><br/>As is often the case with these pious-Christians-vs-pagan-Romans affairs, the plot works best when it&#39;s content to be an adventure or a romance but turns stilted and even a bit cloying when the religious angle is stressed.<br/><br/>One item of note: the scene early in the movie when slave-boy Lang Jeffries is whipped across his bare chest is unusually well-staged, especially in terms of the physical relationship between the whipper, the whippee, and the camera. Seeing this scene on TV without the benefit of letter-boxing will not do it justice. (It ranks 2nd in the book &quot;Lash! The Hundred Great Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the Movies.&quot;) Jeffries also feels the sting of a whip in &quot;Alone Against Rome&quot; but this time on his bare back, thus making him one of the few actors in screen history to be flogged on both sides of his torso.

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Reviewed by meryltlk 7

This is the kind of film , as a theatrical designer, I fast forward through to see if it&#39;s visually worth looking at--- I should say, I will watch a film no matter HOW BAD it is, if the sets and costumes look interesting ( and this is NOT a great film)--BUT--- This film is OUTSTANDING visually for it&#39;s over-the-top costume and set design (God, those Italians know HOW to do it RIGHT!) It was made in the, shall I say, &quot;Golden Age of Sword &amp; Sandal Epics&quot; from the mid 50&#39;s to early 60&#39;s-all with bad scripts, bad overacting, bad dubbing, battle scenes-usually with someone revolting against a tyrant, some has-been American actors, lots of muscle guys and busty babes!--get the picture? Rhonda Fleming was one of the most gorgeous American actresses and looks fantastic in these luscious costumes and hairdos- 6 out of 10 just for the EYE-CANDY!

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