Thursday, December 22, 2022


Richard Harrison in GLADIATORS 7 (1962)

Another pretty solid PEPLUM with Harrison. Like the previous THE INVINCIBLE GLADIATOR, this is an Italian - Spanish co-production. I like it and I have watched it many times but it does have weak parts here and there. Some tighter editing would resolve this issue. Harrison's character is framed for a murder he didn't commit (in this scene) and he recruits other rogue 'gladiators' to help him combat the evil ruler who framed him. The love story is the weakest part and by the end it is completely forgotten. Something tells me some scenes were left on the cutting room's floor. But overall, it's very good, including some excellent matte paintings, which is sorta rare for these types of action-packed PEPLUM movies. There are some nice copies out there, including a pseudo HD one but the night scenes are way too dark and one can't see anything. So a pristine clear copy is still not available. The title is one of those titles that's either in singular or plural, aka GLADIATOR 7 or GLADIATORS 7. 

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