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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 3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Nothing do I see that is not perfection" See more (83 total) »

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)
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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)
 
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Runtime:
171 min | UK:166 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Finland:K-12 | Ireland:PG | 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Lygia and Ursus are from ancient Poland, which was called Lygia by the Romans.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (at around 2h 40 mins) When Nero runs from the arena to his apartments inside the palace it's sunny and bright but moments later when he goes into the palace balcony to observe the furious crowds of Romans it's night time.See more »
Quotes:
Vinicius:[as the Christians file into the arena, singing] These people know how to die, Nero. In death you will squeal like a hog!See more »
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111 out of 119 people found the following review useful.
"Nothing do I see that is not perfection", 1 May 2009
Author: jpdoherty from Ireland

At Last one of the great classic Hollywood blockbuster epics of the early fifties has finally found its rightful DVD home with this exceptional two disc release from Warner Home Video.

Produced by Sam Zimbalist for MGM in 1951 and expertly directed by Mervin LeRoy "Quo Vadis" was Hollywood's first wallop in the fight against the onslaught of Television. Available at first, and for many years only on VHS tape, it then began to appear on a plethora of foreign DVDs but with varying quality it must be said. One such unfortunate issue, which originated in Korea, was released without any opening credits whatsoever! I kid you not! That said - we now thankfully have it in our possession and a superb issue it is! With perfect pristine colour resolution, Robert Surtees' Acadamy Award nominated colour Cinematography comes across with well defined and plush imagery. The various cast members are attired in the most gorgeously coloured costumes. Particularly dazzling is the golden uniform worn by the picture's star Robert Taylor as he proudly bears himself aboard his golden chariot during his triumphal parade through Rome.

Also here is Miklos Rozsa's outstanding Acadamy Award nominated score! His main Roman motif, bold and strong, dominates the scenes in the Forum and in the Arena. In gentler mode is his beautiful love theme for the scenes with the star-crossed lovers Marcus and Lygia. Then there's the frenetic bacchanal-like Hymn of the Vestal Virgins followed immediately by the robust and heroic Triumphal March. Also heard on this issue - and for the first time since the original roadshow release 56 years ago - is the composer's Overture and Exit music. The great Rozsa would barely eclipse his "Vadis" music eight years later with his Oscar winning score for "Ben Hur".

The assembled cast are uniformly excellent except, perhaps, the syrupy and simpering characterization of Deborah Kerr as Lygia. But Robert Taylor is fine in what is probably his best known role as Nero's legion commander Marcus Vinicus. Outstanding is Leo Genn as Petronious - the sardonic and sarcastic confidante of the tyrannical Emperor Nero. And of course there is the wonderful Peter Ustinov chewing up every bit of scenery there is as the crazed and loony Nero. Both Ustinov and Genn were nominated for Acadamy Awards. The picture is also buoyed by some colourful and elaborate set pieces such as the Vestal Virgins singing and wildly dancing in homage to the goddess Vesta, the spectacular triumphal parade of the Roman legions taking the salute from Nero as it passes the great palace, the exciting chariot chase, the brilliantly staged burning of Rome and the harrowing scenes in the Arena as the lions are released on the hapless hymn-singing Christians.

These scenes all come across extremely well on this excellent DVD which comes with a trailer, a splendid 45 minute featurette "Quo Vadis And The Genesis of the Biblical Epic" and a commentary by one F.X. Feeney who persists in calling the leading lady's character Leega instead of Lygia and neglects to tell us that the opening narration is spoken by MGM favourite Walter Pidgeon (uncredited). However this is only a minor quibble and does nothing to diminish the greatness of this issue. Bravo Warner Home Video!!

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