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The Robe (1953)

Unrated | | Drama, History | 4 December 1953 (France)
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In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards.

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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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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4 December 1953 (France)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$36,000,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

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2.20 : 1
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Richard Burton once said this was the least favorite of all his films. However in an October 1979 interview he named The Bramble Bush (1960) and Ice Palace (1960) as the worst films he had starred in. See more »

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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 »

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Marcellus Gallio: Surely you don't believe he rose from the dead.
Justus: He lives more surely than we do.
Marcellus Gallio: He's DEAD! And no moonstruck girl can sing him to life again!
Justus: How do you know that he's dead?
Marcellus Gallio: The soldier told me. The soldier who saw the lance thrust into his side. The soldier who was - out there!
Justus: What's wrong?
Marcellus Gallio: Were you out there?
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Stick with the book
17 December 2001 | by (Suffield, CT) – See all my reviews

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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