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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:
Most enjoyable three hours See more (87 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)

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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film does not cover the death of Paul, although he is acknowledged to have been martyred in 67 A.D. It is unclear if he died the same day as Peter and there is disagreement whether he was beheaded or crucified. Unlike Peter, Paul was a Roman citizen and by law no citizen could be crucified.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: While the arena where the Christian executions takes place has an elaborate ornament at its center, no such center would ever actually have such an ornament, as it would block the view for patrons on the other side.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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49 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
Most enjoyable three hours, 28 April 2002
Author: Mika Pykäläaho (bygis80@hotmail.com) from Järvenpää, Finland

In my opinion Mervyn LeRoy's fantastic version of "Quo Vadis?" is definitely one of the very finest epics about Roman empire ever filmed. Fact that it didn't won a single Oscar was a shameful disgrace. Eight years later MGM released a movie that was supposed to be bigger, longer and better than "Quo Vadis?". It was of course "Ben-Hur", motion picture that collected record-breaking amount of Academy Awards and respect. Certainly it was a bigger and longer spectacle but I still like this one even more.

I find "Quo Vadis?" just somehow more entertaining and appealing. Sir Peter Ustinov's magnificent performance is just about half of the whole film. I loved his brilliant Oscar awarded supporting role in Stanley Kubrick's "Spartacus" and I have to say that he's just as irresistible as the insane Emperor Nero. It's one of the greatest roles of his career and just another proof that he really is a true genius among actors. I have no choice but to give "Quo Vadis?" 10 out of 10 and I guess I even have to end my review with a worn-out cliché: they don't make movies like this anymore.

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