The Sign of the Gladiator (1959)

Genres - Drama, Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Sword-and-Sandal  |   Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy, West Germany, Yugoslavia  |  
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This sword and sandal epic set in 217 AD follows the exploits of a courageous gladiator who is taken prisoner on behalf of the Queen of Palmyra. To win her confidence, the gladiator pretends to hate his Roman masters, but as soon as she trusts him, he has his soldiers take her prisoner. Because he has fallen for her, the gladiator has her released and then saves her by claiming that her crimes against the Empire were precipitated by her counselor. Fortunately, the Senates believe it and romance ensues.

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bad-guy, damsel-in-distress, enemy, good-guy, love, swashbuckler, gladiator, queen [royalty]