Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Richard Harrison, Loredana Nusciak, Livio Lorenzon, Gérard Tichy, Edoardo Toniolo
Director: Pedro Lazaga
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
This epic sword-and-sandal adventure is set during the 1st century A. D., with Sparta under the tyrannical rule of the Roman Empire. Together with six other fearless gladiators, Darius (Harrison), a heroic Spartan tries to... more »
Good Fun for Action Fans.
peterfromkanata | Kanata, Ontario Canada | 10/04/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I guess Joseph E. Levine was to "blame", along with Steve Reeves. In 1959, Mr. Levine acquired the rights to a low-budget, Italian-dubbed-to-English movie, "Hercules", with former Mr. Universe, Steve Reeves, in the title role. The movie was heavily promoted and, to the astonishment of many movie critics, became a huge hit. Kids lined up round the block to see Hercules do his thing--kill a bull with his bare hands, ditto a lion, pull down buildings, toss statues at the bad guys, save beautiful women from fates worse than death etc. The kids didn't care that the movie was dubbed, with English dialogue not matching moving lips, or that Reeves was unlikely to be awarded an Oscar ! They wanted excitement and action, with a great-looking hero--I should know--I was one of those "kids" !So the floodgates in Italy opened, and for the next five years, these "spear and sandal" epics were turned out for the Saturday Matinee crowd. Other muscle-bound actors were recruited--some were imported from the US like Gordon Scott--some were Italian guys given anglicized names to help at the US box-office ( hello Alan Steel ! ). Some were good fun--some were awful."Gladiators 7" is definitely one of the better examples of this "genre". The star is "Richard Harrison"--no--not Rex Harrison--not Richard Harris. He is a good-looking guy, who--surprise--is better in the action department than acting. The movie seems to be about renegade Spartans battling a nasty tyrant who has the backing of Rome. If the plot seems familiar, check out "The Seven Samauri", or "The Magnificant Seven"--insert gladiators in place of Toshiro Mifune or Yul Brynner and Co--get the picture ? Sure, it's all quite hokey--but it is very entertaining. The action seldom flags, and the final fight between our hero, and the dastardly villain is memorable--a literal cliff-hanger !Considering the age of the film, the quality of the picture is good--widescreen--nice colour.If you are nostalgic for this type of movie, I think you will be pleased to add it to your collection."