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Director  Guido Brignone
Duration  
Running time  1h 38m
Country  Italy
5.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Adventure, Drama, Romance
Initial release  March 5, 1959 (Italy)
Language  Italian
Nel Segno di Roma movie poster
Writer  Francesco Thellung, Francesco De Feo, Sergio Leone, Giuseppe Mangione, Guido Brignone
Directors  Guido Brignone, Michelangelo Antonioni, Riccardo Freda
Music director  Angelo Francesco Lavagnino
Screenplay  Guido Brignone, Sergio Leone, Francesco Thellung, Giuseppe Mangione, Francesco De Feo
Cast  Anita Ekberg (Zenobia, Queen of Palmira), Georges Marchal (Marcus Valerius, Roman Consul), Folco Lulli (Zemanzius, Zenobia\'s Prime Minister), Chelo Alonso (Erica, Zemanzius\' Favourite and Dancer), Gino Cervi (Aurelianus, Emperor of Rome), Jacques Sernas (Julianus, Roman Centurian)
Similar movies  The Last Gladiator, Pompeii, Spartacus, Gladiator, Spartacus, The Last Days of Pompeii
Tagline  SEE! 10,000 NORSEMEN CHARGE THE VALLEY OF BLOOD

Sheba and the Gladiator (Italian: Nel Segno di Roma) is a 1959 historical drama film loosely pertaining to the Palmyrene Empire and its re-annexation back into the Roman Empire. Notable only for its superlative performance by Swedish actress and model Anita Ekberg and her numerous costume changes throughout its duration.

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This film was directed by Guido Brignone.

Cast

  • Anita Ekberg as Zenobia
  • Georges Marchal as Consul Marcus Valerius
  • Folco Lulli as Zemanzius
  • Chelo Alonso as Erica
  • Gino Cervi as Aurelian
  • Jacques Sernas as Julianus
  • Lorella De Luca as Batsheba
  • Alberto Farnese as Marcello
  • Mimmo Palmara as Lator
  • US release

    The movie was originally called The Sign of Rome. American International Pictures acquired the American rights to the film and retitled it Sign of the Gladiator despite their being no gladiators in the film. AIP cut 18 minutes from the original running time. AIP released the film as a double feature with Goliath and the Barbarians.

    The movie was popular in the US, earning $1.25 million in rentals, and helped revitalise AIP.

    AIP added an end title song called "Xenobia" sung by Bill Lee which was released on AIP Records.

    References

    Sheba and the Gladiator Wikipedia


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