- Actors: Lou Ferrigno, Sybil Danning, Brad Harris, Dan Vadis, Carla Ferrigno
- Directors: Bruno Mattei
- Format: Color, NTSC
- Language: English
- Rated: Parental Guidance SuggestedPG
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: MGM/UA Home Video
- Run Time: 86 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0009Y582M
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,850 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
The Seven Magnificent Gladiators
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(Jan 01, 1985)
A bandit leader endowed with supernatural powers by his sorceress mother makes yearly raids on a peasant village. However, the women of the village come into possession of a magic sword, and go in search of a hero who is able to wield it and save their village from the evil bandit.
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The plot here — again, it’s the same movie as the other two films that gather seven heroes — is about Nicerote (Dan Vadis, a former member of the Mae West Muscle Review who played Hercules in Hercules the invincible, Roccia in The Ten Gladiators movies and appeared in several Clint Eastwood movies), a bandit leader and his sorceress mother who makes yearly raids on a peasant village. But this year, Pandora (Carla Ferrigno, who was Athena in Hercules and also in Black Roses) and the women of the village have found a magic sword and go off to hire a hero who can use it and anyone else who can finally end the annual destruction of their homes.
Now, the mighty barbarian Han (Lou Ferrigno) wields the mystical Sword of Achilles and soon assembles a team of gladiators to help him win the day. There’s Scipio (Brad Harris, who played Goliath, Hercules and Samson in past peblum films, as well as Durango and Sabata), Julia (Sybil Danning, the real draw of this film, playing the Harry Luck Magnificent Seven character), Goliath (Emilio Messina, Lepto from The Ten Gladiators), Festo (Giovanni Cianfriglia, who played Superargo in two movies) and more.
However, you may wonder how a movie with Lou Ferrigno throwing rocks at people and Sybil Danning being, well, Sybil Danning, is so boring. It’s an amazing feat. I’ve tried to watch this twice and both times barely made it. It’s a great idea with poor execution, sadly.
The dialogs are so wooden, you could make about two of Noah's Arcs from them, the character development is non existing (Lou Ferigno fights a strong guy, then says without motivation:"Wait, we need you, join our party there's a village with women, children and old people in danger" - "If old people and children are in danger, you can count on me!" - No questions like "How much do I get paid, Where is it, How far is it, How many are we up against, Who is with us, Are the women pretty and willing" - nothing).
The occasional "classical dance shot" of scantily clad pristesses or so looks like the actresses had some electric eel stuffed in their pants, and about as unerotic as spastic seizures. And once thing that needs explanation is why those people stumble through roman ruins all the time that look like they are 2000 years old when, presumably in ancient Rome, where the film is set, they were like new. Lots of intellectual challenges.
In the long line of remakes of "Seven Samurai" this got to be the worst one. On the plus side, Lou Ferigno isn't green here.
It is so cheesy, one has to watch it, but be sure to be drunk when you do. I gave two stars, one for Sibyl Danning in a skimpy leather costume. Alas, there could be more shots of her in the flic.
The cast is lead by Lou Ferrigno, Brad Davis, and Sybil Danning, quite good for a Gladiator film. Aside from that, there's inane dialogue,some pretty bad acting, and Sybil Danning's Gladiator outfit !
I would like to see a Blu-Ray version of this, how about it Anchor Bay...