In the last few years, along with Lee Van Cleef, Cameron Mitchell has climbed forward on my list of personal favourite actors; his presence, calm intensity, and focus really grab my attention. His incredible performance in the Sergio Corbucci Spaghetti Western Minnesota Clay (read my review HERE) really put him on my map, and the fantastic (if a bit odd) Mario Bava Viking epic Erik the Conqueror really hit it home; Mitchell is a massively undervalued artist. It took the Italians to make that clear, which they have done quite a bit in my little movie universe.
If you have a history book open right now, I'd close it if you don't know the story of Caesar's conquest of Gaul; this movie follows the history close enough that there will be spoilers between those pages! If you don't know the history, then you're in for an extra treat, as the true account holds all the drama usually reserved for the best movies. In CAESAR THE CONQUEROR, General Julius Caesar has amassed troops, and he's made war against the various tribes in Gaul, an area that roughly covers modern France. At that time every area was dominated by a different tribe, ruled by it's own chieftain. These tribes commonly made war on each other, and it was this combative relationship between the tribes that Caesar took advantage of. He divided them, made deals with various tribal leaders against their rivals, and in this way he began to whittle away at the autonomy of Gaul itself.
CAESAR THE CONQUEROR is a really solid film experience. I've seen it available for free in various locations on the internet, and it is also available on some very common Peplum dvd collections.