The Ten Gladiators (1963)


The Ten Gladiators (Italian: I dieci gladiatori) is a 1963 Italian film directed by Gianfranco Parolini.


Roccia and a band of fellow gladiators join forces with a patrician named Glaucus Valerius to replace Nero, (and his evil henchman, Tigelinus), with a new emperor: Servius Galba. During the course of this bloody struggle, the gladiators lose their mentor and trainer – Resius – and then must rescue Lidia, Resius’ beautiful niece, from death on the cross.


  • Roger Browne as Glaucus Valerius.
  • José Greci (a.k.a. Susan Paget) as Lidia.
  • Dan Vadis as Roccia.
  • Franca Parisi (a.k.a. Margaret Taylor) as Poppea.
  • Gianni Rizzo as Claudius Nero.
  • Mimmo Palmara (aka Dick Palmer) as Tigelinus.
  • Ugo Sasso as Resius.
  • Mirko Ellis as Servius Galba.
  • Gianfranco Parolini as Livius Verus.
  • Vassili Karis as Epaphrodito.
  • Emilio Messina as Gladiator Leptus.
  • Giuseppe Mattei (aka Pino Mattei) as Gladiator Methodius.
  • Pietro Torrisi as Gladiator.
  • Aldo Canti as Gladiator.
  • Giancarlo Bastianoni as Gladiator.
  • Giuliano Dell’Ovo as Gladiator.
  • Gino Turini (a.k.a. John Turner) as Gladiator.
  • Romano Giomini as Gladiator.
  • Ivano Staccioli as Gladiator.
  • Roberto Messina as Gladiator.
  • Milton Reid as Bald Wrestler.
  • Salvatore Borghese as Milo / Minius, the Mute.
  • Arnaldo Fabrizio as Glaucus’ Little Servant.
  • Veriano Ginesi as Geriel, the Ship’s Drummer.


The Ten Gladiators was released in Italy on 14 December 1963 with a 110-minute running time as I dieci gladiatori. On its American release, the film had a running time of 104 minutes.

Ten Gladiators Film Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Gianfranco Parolini.
  • Writer(s): Giovanni Simonelli and Sergio Sollima.
  • Music: Angelo Francesco Lavagnino.
  • Cinematography: Francesco Izzarelli.
  • Editor(s): Edmond Lozzi.
  • Production: Cine-Produzioni Associate.
  • Release Date: 14 December 1963 (Italy).
  • Running Time: 110 minutes (Italian version) and 104 minutes (US version).
  • Rating: U.
  • Country: Italy.
  • Language: English and Italian.

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