Centurians of RomeItem ID....D00224
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Claiming to be one of the most expensive gay porn movie of its time (nearly $100,000 to produce), this Hand-in-Hand film is famous for reportedly having been financed from a 1980 theft by a Brink's security guard of almost two million dollars. Lloyd's of London, an insurer of Brinks, thus became one of the co-owners of the film on a technicality. And yes, we know "Centurians" is misspelled ... that's how Hand-in-Hand named it, so we kept it!
This ambitious classic gay sex movie with blockbuster epic production stars George Payne (Demetrius) and Scorpio (Octavius) as Roman countrymen sold into slavery for not paying their taxes during Caligula's reign as Emperor. Immense scripting, acting, set design, direction, and superior efforts were all combined to make this one of the most sought-after films of all time.
31 luscious men sprawl across the screen at some point and realistic uniforms and costumes, dungeon equipment and encounters add to their passionate fight for freedom and man-love.
Payne is purchased by the Emperor (Michael Flent) and taught to be a "good slave" by super hung Argus (Ed Wiley) while Scorpio is claimed by a sadistic commander, Eric Ryan. Ryan wants the bound Demetrius but is refused, whereupon he orders a handsome guard and a gladiator-type to use his mouth orally. Both men fuck his throat and another guard sucks off Ryan. The guard later pulls out of Demetrius's mouth and blows an excellent no-hands orgasm; the commander jacks off his load into the captive's face.
Octavius sneaks in while the guards are sleeping and frees his buddy (whom Demetrius dreamed of 69ing with at the beginning of the film). Later, Argus swallows and deep-throats to orgasm bound Octavius, soon tossing him onto a bed and violating his asshole. The commander gives Scorpio a tongue bath and a steady, slow fuck -- captured in closeups and full-body shots.
Orgies also take place in this monumental film and include: a guard being rimmed by a slave who is being sucked by another, shooting onto faces, mutual masturbation, and more. Other encounters include spanking and butt-fucking, chains, and sweat.
A lesson in submission, freedom and masculine men pouncing the crotches and asses of others... "masters," handsome actors with large boners and the true pleasure of homosexual sex in a must-see film that's big realism (though a bit corny)!
The October 1992 issue of Manshots reviews the movie, claiming that though it wants to "aspire" to a decadent film like Feillini's Satyricon, "it is instead a mishmash that combines the reverential revisionism so adored by Cecil B. DeMille and the exploitational pandering of the cloak-and-sandal epics made popular by Steve Reeves. In short, it is an X-rated cross between Samson and Delilah and Hercules Unchained."
The reviewer in Gay Chicago, Issue #25, makes the observation that: "If you simply fast forward to the sex scenes, you'll be missing much of the effect. In other words, view the film as you would a soft-core flick and you will be pleasantly surprised."
Also stars, among others, Adam De Haven (Claudius), Ed Wiley (a.k.a. Myles Longue), Giuseppe Welch (bath slave), John Kovacs (senator), and Roy Garrett (senator), David Hadkey (old slave), Ryder Jones (bath slave), and numerous others.
White snow noise in the dark scenes of Centurians
There is low light noise in the darker scenes in Centurians of Rome like grainy white snow. The reasons for this is how the film was shot. The men who made the film did not know how to use a light meter, set up proper lighting and get the proper film for low light shooting in the dark (a faster ASA). This film was also shot on an A-B negative reversal film which made it more expensive and a pain in the neck to put to together as a finished piece. (A_B is like gears that interlock so they can move together as one. The A negative has scene-space, scene-space. The B negative has the same but alternating space-scene, space-scene). So this snow like defects is in the film itself, which without the original A-B negatives to work from looked even worse. Bijou's transfer and restoration is better then how the film looked originally on the movie screen.
Cast: George Payne; Scorpio; Michael Flent; Eric Ryan; Adam De Haven; Ed Wiley; Giuseppe Welch; John Kovacs; Roy Garrett; David Hadkey; Ryder Jones
Studio: Hand in Hand
Director: John Christopher