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Director:
Writers:
John Lee Mahin (screen play) and
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Release Date:
25 December 1951 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Three Years in the Making! Thousands in the Cast! Filmed in Rome! See more »
Plot:
A fierce Roman general becomes infatuated with a beautiful Christian hostage and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emporer Nero. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 8 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Taylor ... Marcus Vinicius

Deborah Kerr ... Lygia

Leo Genn ... Petronius

Peter Ustinov ... Nero

Patricia Laffan ... Poppaea

Finlay Currie ... Peter

Abraham Sofaer ... Paul
Marina Berti ... Eunice
Buddy Baer ... Ursus
Felix Aylmer ... Plautius
Nora Swinburne ... Pomponia
Ralph Truman ... Tigellinus
Norman Wooland ... Nerva
Peter Miles ... Nazarius
Geoffrey Dunn ... Terpnos
Nicholas Hannen ... Seneca
D.A. Clarke-Smith ... Phaon (as D.A. Clarke - Smith)
Rosalie Crutchley ... Acte
John Ruddock ... Chilo
Arthur Walge ... Croton
Elspeth March ... Miriam
Strelsa Brown ... Rufia
Alfredo Varelli ... Lucan
Roberto Ottaviano ... Flavius
William Tubbs ... Anaxander
Pietro Tordi ... Galba
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marika Aba ... Dancer - Assyrian Dance at Nero's Banquet (uncredited)
Adriano Ambrogi ... Wine Bibber (uncredited)
Anna Arena ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Alfred Baillou ... Christian Prisoner in Arena (uncredited)
Giacomo Barnas ... Senator (uncredited)
Scott R. Beal ... Fisherman (uncredited)
John Binns ... Officer (uncredited)
Francesca Biondi ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Alice Bishop ... Serving Woman (uncredited)
Carlo Borelli ... Noble (uncredited)
Leslie Bradley ... Hasta - 2nd Praetorian (uncredited)
Alfred Brown ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Phyllis Brown ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Valentino Bruchi ... Mirmillon (uncredited)
Rosemary Burt ... Banquet Lady (uncredited)
Dante Ciriaci ... Wine Bibber (uncredited)
Frank Colson ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Adrienne Corri ... Young Christian Girl (uncredited)
Luca Cortese ... Old Man (uncredited)
David Craig ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Maurice De Bosardi ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Daniel De Jonghe ... Apostle (uncredited)
Michael De Krasny ... Banquet Man (uncredited)
Liana Del Balzo ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Jack del Rio ... Apostle (uncredited)
Lia Di Leo ... Pedicurist (uncredited)
Eduardo Di Persis ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Mildred Dudzik ... Girl (uncredited)
Gabriella Fabrizio ... Child (uncredited)
Franco Fantasia ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Cesare Fasulo ... Noble (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Apostle (uncredited)
Enzo Fiermonte ... Mounted Captain (uncredited)
Enrico Formichi ... Man with Wine Cup (uncredited)
John Fostini ... Young Unbaptized Man (uncredited)
Lydia Fostini ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Dino Galvani ... Senator (uncredited)
Richard Garrick ... Slave (uncredited)
Gianni Gazzoti ... Lydia Guard (uncredited)
Jack George ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Carlo Ghisini ... Guard (uncredited)
Trudy Glassford ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Joan Griffiths ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Evelyn Guignard ... Girl (uncredited)
Robin Hughes ... Christ (voice) (uncredited)
Adam Jennette ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Philip Kieffer ... Apostle (uncredited)
Gipsy Kiss ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Lee Kresel ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Richard Larke ... Guard (uncredited)

Sophia Loren ... Lygia's Slave (uncredited)
Giovanni Lovatelli ... Banquet Man (uncredited)
Helena Makowska ... Older Woman (uncredited)
Anna Mancini ... Nubian Slave Girl (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Clelia Matania ... Parmenida (uncredited)
Richard McNamara ... Legionnaire (uncredited)
Harriet Medin ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Dario Michaelis ... Lydia Guard (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Fisherman (uncredited)
John Myhers ... Guard (uncredited)
Vincent Neptune ... Apostle (uncredited)
Attillio Olivo ... Servant (uncredited)
Riette Osborne ... Banquet Lady (uncredited)
Anna Maria Padoan ... Young Unbaptized Woman (uncredited)
Riccardo Pantellini ... Guard (uncredited)
Louis Payne ... Apostle (uncredited)

Walter Pidgeon ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Aldo Pini ... Headkeeper (uncredited)
Alberto Plebani ... Steward (uncredited)
Michael Proben ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Dino Raffaelli ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
George Restive ... Apostle (uncredited)
Kenneth Richards ... Guard (uncredited)
Alfredo Rizzo ... Hairdresser (uncredited)
Giuseppe Rodi ... Schipio (uncredited)
Leonardo Scavino ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Joseph Sebaroli ... Marcus Guard (uncredited)
Alessandro Serbaroli ... Officer (uncredited)
Jurek Shabelewski ... Faun (uncredited)
John Sleeter ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Lujo Sostarich ... Charon (uncredited)
Armando Spaccarelli ... Guard (uncredited)

Bud Spencer ... Imperial Guard (uncredited)
Jane Sprague ... Banquet Lady (uncredited)
Raffaele Tana ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Elizabeth Taylor ... Christian Prisoner in Arena (uncredited)
William Taylor ... Guard Captain / Marcus Guard (uncredited)
Michael Tor ... Centurian (uncredited)
Giuseppe Tosi ... Wrestler (uncredited)
Carlo Tricoli ... Apostle (uncredited)
Renato Valente ... Guard (uncredited)
Scilla Vannucci ... White Slave Girl (uncredited)
Giuseppe Varni ... Hairdresser (uncredited)
Dianora Veiga ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Harry J. Vejar ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Romilda Villani ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Benjamin Wilkes ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Maria Zanoli ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Mervyn LeRoy 
Anthony Mann (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
John Lee Mahin (screen play) and
S.N. Behrman (screen play) &
Sonya Levien (screen play)

Henryk Sienkiewicz (based on the novel by)

Hugh Gray  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Sam Zimbalist .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
William V. Skall (director of photography)
Robert Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph E. Winters (film editor)
 
Casting by
Mel Ballerino (uncredited)
Irene Howard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
Cedric Gibbons 
William A. Horning 
 
Set Decoration by
Hugh Hunt 
Elso Valentini (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Herschel McCoy (costumes: recreated by)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles recreator
Joan Johnstone .... hair styles recreator
Charles E. Parker .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Mack D'Agostino .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Henry Henigson .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Bolton .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sergio Leone .... second unit director (uncredited)
Anthony Mann .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (uncredited)
Mentor Huebner .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Piero Cavazzuti .... assistant soundman (uncredited)
Robert B. Lee .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects (as A.Arnold Gillespie)
Tom Howard .... special effects (as Thomas Howard)
Donald Jahraus .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Ellenshaw .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dennis Bartlett .... focus puller: third unit (uncredited)
Fenton Hamilton .... head electrician (uncredited)
Arthur Lemming .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Leo Monlon .... grip (uncredited)
George Pink .... camera operator (uncredited)
John Schmitz .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Rino Guidi .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Herschel McCoy .... costumes recreated by
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Hugh Gray .... lyric compositions
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... unit driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hugh Gray .... historical adviser
Henri Jaffa .... technicolor color consultant
Auriel Millos .... choreographer
Marta Obolensky .... choreographer
Howard Dietz .... director of publicity (uncredited)
Ben Goetz .... liaison: M-G-M British (uncredited)
Morgan Hudgins .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
171 min | UK:166 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Finland:K-12 | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:6 (DVD rating) (Blu-ray rating) | Portugal:M/12 (PG-13) (re-release) | Portugal:M/12 (original rating) (censored) | South Korea:All | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (2009) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #15165) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
The film represented a hollow victory for MGM studio chief Louis B. Mayer, since it turned out to be his final big-budget production. Produced for $7 million, it was MGM's largest grosser since Gone with the Wind (1939), but Mayer was forced out of his job prior to its release.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: While it is true that variants of Chess have existed for over 2,000 years, the chess set being used in the film is far too modern. The set shown uses what are apparently modern pieces, which didn't exist until the few centuries before the film's release.See more »
Quotes:
Narrator:This is the Appian Way, the most famous road that leads to Rome, as all roads lead to Rome. On this road march the conquering legions. Imperial Rome is the center of the empire, the undisputed master of the world. But with this power inevitably comes corruption...See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in The Girl in Mourning (1964)See more »

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35 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Whither Thou Goest, 2 December 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Quo Vadis, based on the late nineteenth century novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz, has been filmed many times in many lands for the cinema and for television. It was done as a Broadway play at the turn of the last century. But this is the version that most people remember and talk about.

It's also the first of the big budget sand and scandal epics that the movies made to try and compete with that little home entertainment machine that was popping up in more and more homes. MGM built the magnificent sets the film was done on and sent Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr and the whole cast over to Italy to shoot it. Those sets later popped up in Ben-Hur, The Fall of the Roman Empire and dozens of Italian gladiator films. Supposedly somewhere in the cast of thousands both Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren appeared as extras. Spot them if you can.

Another extra was Lia DiLeo and gossip about her and Robert Taylor led to the break up of the Robert Taylor-Barbara Stanwyck marriage.

The story is about Robert Taylor as Marcus Vinicius, Roman soldier and his lust then love for Christian girl Lygia played by Deborah Kerr. Their story is set against the background of the early Christian church in Rome and the persecution of it by the Emperor Nero.

Taylor and Kerr are fine in the leads, but in this case the supporting cast really overshadowed the stars. Peter Ustinov as Nero and Leo Genn as Petronius were both nominated for Best Supporting Actor of 1951, but lost to Karl Malden in Streetcar Named Desire.

Peter Ustinov got a once in a lifetime part as Nero. It's the kind of role that one can overact outrageously and still convey all the sinister impulses that this villain possessed. Ustinov was compared with Charles Laughton as Nero in The Sign of the Cross and I wouldn't dare say who was better.

My favorite part in this film has always been Leo Genn as Gaius Petronius. He's the only actor in the film who's holding his own with Ustinov. He's a pretty smart guy this Petronius, keeping his place at the court by flattery and guile. It's a bitter pill for him to swallow when after Nero burns Rome, the Rome he loves and has dedicated his life to. He could have prevented it by taking a righteous stand against the tyrant. But instead he played the cynic once too often and decides what he deems to be the only course of action open to him.

Finlay Currie is a strong and hearty, but aged St. Peter. My conception of St. Peter has always been that of Finlay Currie and in his youth that of Howard Keel in The Big Fisherman. Peter's a hands on kind of pastor used to hard work. After all he was a fisherman in his younger days and that certainly is outdoor work.

Whether people are confirmed Christians or not will depend on how they take this film. We all can certainly admire the spectacle and the talent of the players. And nobody questions the atrocities committed by Emperor Nero against the early Christians.

But at one point after Taylor realizes his love for Kerr, he makes what I consider a quite reasonable offer to allow her to continue in her faith and he'll even put up whatever kind of chapel on the house grounds for that purpose. Not so says Kerr, it's going to be all or nothing. That all or nothing attitude today has got a few people upset with organized religion for various reasons. But that's in the distant future from the First Century AD.

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