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Challenge of the Gladiator Details

  • Runtime: 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Genres: Action, Adventure
  • Cast:Peter Lupus.


The musclebound star of the Italian Challenge of the Gladiator is billed as "Rock Stevens." To anyone even casually familiar with [[Feature~V136348~Mission: Impossible~mission:impossible]] (or, for that matter, [[Feature~V150781~Playgirl~playgirl]] magazine) it will be abundantly obvious that Rock Stevens is really American leading man [[Performer~P43846~Peter Lupus~peterlupus]]. Our hero plays no less than Spartacus, the Thracian gladiator who led a slave revolt in Rome. Juggling history a bit, the film allows Spartacus to take on Emperor Nero. Old Spart' is even permitted a happy ending, a balm denied [[Performer~P88133~Kirk Douglas~kirkdouglas]] back in 1961. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi