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A lot of Italian Movies are released under a number of titles and Il figlio di Spartacus aka The Son of Spartacus aka The Slave is no different. It features Steve Reeves as Randus, the son of Spartacus, 25 years after his father’s revolt. Randus is promoted to centurion and sent to Egypt to inform Caesar on co-triumvir Marcus Licinius Crassus, who Caesar mistrusts. While traveling from Egypt to Rome by sea, mercenary troops force Randus into captivity, prompting him to revolt, freeing himself and the other slaves.
The Slave was directed by Sergio Corbucci who is not as well known as fellow Italian director Sergio Leone but has made some notable Spaghetti Westerns including Minnesota Clay, 1964, Django, 1966, Navajo Joe, 1966, Hellbenders, 1967, The Mercenary, 1968, The Great Silence, 1968, and Companeros, 1970. Franco Nero starred in a few Corbucci westerns and played the the original Django, which spawned over 30 westerns with the name Django in the title, none of which were directed by Corbucci and very few starring Nero. Django was co-written by Corbucci and was based on Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, as was Leone’s Fistful of Dollars.
Check out this clip from Corbucci and Reeve’s The Slave.
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