Marcellus is a tribune in the time of Christ. He is in charge of the group that is assigned to crucify Jesus. Drunk, he wins Jesus' homespun robe after the crucifixion. He is tormented by nightmares and delusions after the event. Hoping to find a way to live with what he has done, and still not believing in Jesus, he returns to Palestine to try and learn what he can of the man he killed. Written by
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Caligula is depicted in this movie and its sequel "Demetrius and the Gladiators" as persecuting Christians. However, he reigned from 37 to 41, while Christianity was still a nascent religion with most of its followers in the eastern Mediterranean. The first mention of Christians from the perspective of the Roman government, according to the Roman historian Suetonius, wasn't until the reign of his successor Claudius (reigned 41-54). The first major incidents of persecution of Christians did not occur until the reign of Nero (reigned 54-68). See more »
This film is a quick and dirty summary of some of the emotional points captured in the great novel of the same name. The adaptation to screen was actual a re-write to create an entirely new work. All of the research, work, and love that went into the novel was thrown out entirely to make a historically inaccurate, theologically inaccurate, and altogether brusque treatment of an amazing story. The acting is laughable and the storyline is tenuous at best.
If you know how to read pick up a copy of the book, otherwise accept this poor substitute.
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