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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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Release Date:

4 December 1953 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Das Gewand  »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording) (5.0) (L-R)


Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


It is the first motion picture in CinemaScope to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award. See more »


In the opening scene in the Roman Forum there is a statue of the Roman poet, Antinuous, who was not born until 80 years or so after Christ's death. See more »


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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Wow! What a powerful story!
24 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Few movies today carry the wallop that Henry Coster packed into this one. The Lloyd Douglas masterpiece has been well adapted to film... and it is refreshing to see a film on a biblical theme that Hollywood hasn't screwed up and made Christianity look bad. Noah's Ark (1999 TV) is a Bible story to avoid. The Robe, on the other hand, is a great story, with a sincere effort to communicate a commitment to integrity, whatever the cost. I would watch this one again and recommend it highly as a true classic... I give it 9 out of 10.

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