An exciting sword and sandal film, where the adventure and landscapes anticipate the westerns of Sergio Leone
After the success of Romolo e Remo, Sergio Corbucci returns to Ancient Rome, taking full advantage of the popularity and muscles of Steve Reeves, the Hercules par excellence of the Italian sword and sandal genre. Once again the intention is to bring the audience on an exciting and engaging adventure, enriched by a plenitude of action scenes and beautiful landscapes (the exteriors were shot were in Egypt). And yet again, it is mission accomplished: popular Italian cinema reveals itself to be faithful to its own tradition and at the same time capable of unexpected innovations. Indeed, more than one critic has observed how Il figlio di Spartacus displays many of the characteristics of the western, and in many ways anticipates the landscapes and iconography found in the work of Sergio Leone.
During an expedition to Egypt, Julius Caesar sends the centurion Rando to Asia Minor. There he will discover that he is the son of Spartacus, the rebel gladiator, and come to lead the rebels against Marcus Licinius Crassus, the man who killed his father.