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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Philip Dunne (screenplay) and
Gina Kaus (adaptation)
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Release Date:
4 December 1953 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The First Picture on the New Miracle Curved Screen ! See more »
Plot:
Marcellus is a tribune in the time of Christ. He is in charge of the group that is assigned to crucify Jesus... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(27 articles)
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Epic and religious story about a Roman tribune who gains the rob of the just-crucified Christ See more (65 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Burton ... Marcellus Gallio

Jean Simmons ... Diana

Victor Mature ... Demetrius

Michael Rennie ... Peter
Jay Robinson ... Caligula

Dean Jagger ... Justus
Torin Thatcher ... Sen. Gallio

Richard Boone ... Pontius Pilate
Betta St. John ... Miriam
Jeff Morrow ... Paulus
Ernest Thesiger ... Emperor Tiberius
Dawn Addams ... Junia

Leon Askin ... Abidor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Ansara ... Judas (uncredited)
Jan Arvan ... Slave Dealer (uncredited)
Ben Astar ... Cleander (uncredited)
Helen Beverly ... Rebecca (uncredited)
Kit Carson ... Soldier (uncredited)
Albert Cavens ... Sword-Fighting Soldier (uncredited)
Fred Cavens ... Sword-Fighting Soldier (uncredited)
Jean Corbett ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Joan Corbett ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Noreen Corcoran ... Girl (uncredited)
Sally Corner ... Cornelia (uncredited)
Leo Curley ... Shalum (uncredited)

Frank DeKova ... Slave Dealer (uncredited)
Irene Demetrion ... (uncredited)
Van Des Autels ... Chamberlain (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Ship's Mate (uncredited)
Anthony Eustrel ... Sarpedo (uncredited)
Dan Ferniel ... Black Man (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Bystander at trial (uncredited)
Sam Gilman ... Ship's Captain (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Chamberlain (uncredited)
Michael Granger ... Slave Dealer (uncredited)
Percy Helton ... Caleb - Wine Merchant (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Marius - Physician (uncredited)
Rosalind Ivan ... Julia (uncredited)
Richard Kean ... Slave Dealer (uncredited)
George Keymas ... Slave (uncredited)
Donald C. Klune ... Jesus (uncredited)
Nicolas Koster ... Jonathan (uncredited)
Virginia Lee ... (uncredited)
Virginia Ann Lee ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
David Leonard ... Marcipor (uncredited)
Alfred Linder ... Slave Dealer (uncredited)
Emmett Lynn ... Nathan (uncredited)
Christey Marlo ... Slave Girl (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Jerusalem Woman Aiding Demetrius (uncredited)
George Melford ... (uncredited)

Cameron Mitchell ... Jesus Christ (voice) (uncredited)
Eleanor Moore ... (uncredited)
Edward Mundy ... Peddler (uncredited)
Jay Novello ... Tiro (uncredited)
Arthur Page ... Reuben (uncredited)
Francis Pierlot ... Dodinius (uncredited)
Alex Pope ... Roman Officer (uncredited)
Guy Prescott ... Quintus - Tribune (uncredited)
Ford Rainey ... Ship's Captain (uncredited)
Peter Reynolds ... Lucius (uncredited)
Pamela Robinson ... Lucia (uncredited)
George Robotham ... Slave with Demetrius at Palm Procession (uncredited)

Hayden Rorke ... Caluus - Slave Auction Bidder (uncredited)
Gloria Saunders ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Norbert Schiller ... Slave Dealer (uncredited)

Harry Shearer ... David (uncredited)
Marc Snegoff ... (uncredited)
Marc Snow ... Auctioneer (uncredited)
Murray Steckler ... Melas (uncredited)

George E. Stone ... Gracchus (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Otto Waldis ... Slave Dealer (uncredited)
Gene Wesson ... Soldier (uncredited)
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Directed by
Henry Koster 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Philip Dunne (screenplay)

Gina Kaus (adaptation)

Lloyd C. Douglas (novel)

Albert Maltz  screenplay (originally uncredited)

Produced by
Frank Ross .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Barbara McLean 
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Emile Santiago (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Joseph C. Behm .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Connors Jr. .... assistant director
Donald C. Klune .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gordon Butcher .... painter (uncredited)
Bill Harris .... painter (uncredited)
Bill Jekel .... painter (uncredited)
Eugene Kornman .... portrait photographer (uncredited)
Ken McClelland .... painter (uncredited)
Tony Reveles .... painter (uncredited)
Duncan Spencer .... painter (uncredited)
Clayton Thomason .... painter (uncredited)
Fred Tuch .... painter (uncredited)
William Tury .... painter (uncredited)
Delmer Yoakum .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
Clyde Carruth .... sound editor (uncredited)
Walter Rossi .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
James B. Gordon .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
Matthew Yuricich .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Fred Carson .... stunts (uncredited)
Albert Cavens .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Cavens .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Sands .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill White Jr. .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lee Crawford .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Florea .... still photographer (uncredited)
Sol Halperin .... camera department head (uncredited)
James Mitchell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Irving Rosenberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
Harvey L. Slocomb .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director (as Charles LeMaire)
Adele Balkan .... set wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Dorothea Hulse .... weaver (uncredited)
Dorothy Lou Macready .... assistant weaver (uncredited)
Clinton Sandeen .... wardrobe manager: men (uncredited)
Jimmy Spies .... armor (uncredited)
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Ken Darby .... choral director (uncredited)
Carol Richards .... singing voice: Betta St.John (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James E. Ruman .... transportation chief (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Leonard Doss .... Technicolor color consultant
Albert Cavens .... fencing instructor (uncredited)
Fred Cavens .... fencing instructor (uncredited)
James Denton .... unit publicity manager (uncredited)
Stan Margulies .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Jack Muth .... research assistant: CinemaScope (uncredited)
Stephen Papich .... dance director (uncredited)
Jack Pennick .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Earl I. Sponable .... research director: CinemaScope (uncredited)
Allen Wise .... titles (uncredited)
Sonia Wolfson .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
135 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (CinemaScope version) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) (re-release) | Mono (Academy ratio version)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:All | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) (2002) | Sweden:15 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:U (video rating) (1988) (1991) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #16441) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
The film rights to this film had originally been bought by RKO Radio Pictures in the 1940s. The studio never filmed it, eventually selling the rights to Twentieth-Century Fox.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the sword fight between Marcellus Gallio and the Roman commander, there is a shot of Gallio holding his sword to the commander's throat, while the commander is on the ground. The sword is an obvious prop that is rounded on the end like a spatula.See more »
Quotes:
Diana:Perhaps you don't believe that a girl of eleven could fall in love, and stay in love all these years...
Marcellus Gallio:Don't cry, my love. Lucia thought I was in love, and I laughed at her, but women are wise in these matters.
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Epic and religious story about a Roman tribune who gains the rob of the just-crucified Christ, 16 March 2012
Author: ma-cortes

This is a dignified portrayal about Ancient Rome from best-selling novel by Lloyd C Douglas adapted by Philip Dunne and Albert Matz's literate screenplay , it deals with dissolute Marcellus Gallio (Richard Burton) , a tribune in the time of Christ and son of a notorious senator (Torin Thacher) , as he's sent to Palestine . There he is in charge of the group that is assigned to crucify Jesus . From his official duties , drunken Marcellus wins Jesus' homespun robe in a dice-game after the crucifixion . He is tormented by delusion and nightmares after the tragic deeds . Hoping to find out a manner to live with what he has done , and still not believing in Jesus, he goes back to Palestine to learn what he can do of the mysterious man he murdered . Later on , he returns Rome and frees the holy-robe-carrying slave named Demetrius (Beefcake Victor Mature) . After that , Caligula (Jay Robinson) takes him prisoner , but his sweetheart (Jean Simmons) takes time out to visit in a dungeon .

This religious mammoth epic focuses a moving Roman pageant dealing with a sponger tribune , following his stirring career , spiritual awakening and reaches an exciting peak at the ending . It has marvelous images , spectacular scenes , enjoyable performances as well as the adequate cast of thousands . Richard Burton and Jean Simmons are both good , though Burton sometimes is a little wooden . Michael Rennie as Peter and Jeff Morrow as Paulus give sensible acting , though brief , which adds more to the reality than anything else . The best acting comes , indeed , from Jay Robinson , the best portrayal of his career , who gives a hammy acting as nasty Caligula . Colorful cinematography by Leon Shamroy and being the first film to be shot in glamorous CinemaScope . Sensitive and lyric musical score by the classic Alfred Newman . The film deservedly won 1953 Academy Award for Art Direction , Set Decoration, Color and Costume Design.

The motion picture is brilliantly directed by Henry Koster , an expert on super-productions and epic biographies , such as he proved in ¨Desiree¨, ¨The Virgin Queen¨, ¨A man called Peter¨, The story of Ruth¨ , ¨The Naked Maja¨ and of course ¨The Robe¨. It's followed by a sequel (1954) titled ¨Demetrius and the gladiators¨ by Delmer Daves with Debra Paget , William Marshall, Richard Egan , Susan Hayward as the trampy empress Messalina and in which the Marcellus's slave , Victor Mature , makes again a surprisingly good acting and reprised diverse characters as Jay Robinson as Caligula and Michael Wilding as apostle Peter.

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