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The Robe -- A physically and emotionally deteriorated Roman tribune is ordered to execute Jesus Christ in this lavish adaptation of the best-selling novel.
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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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User Reviews:
Another Biblical Tale Around a Peripheral Character See more (67 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)
Harry Baum ... Minor Role (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)
Ralph Moratz ... Nobleman in Market (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)

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)
Howard Hampton .... 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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
135 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (5.0) (L-R)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (original rating) | 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Richard Burton had a ferocious argument with 20th Century-Fox studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck before the film's release. This was another reason why he decided to return to London's West End theater district rather than remain in Hollywood.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The characters constantly refer to the province Jerusalem is located in as "Palestine". At the time the film is set (AD 30's), Jerusalem was located in the province of "Judea". Judea would not be called Palestine until Emperor Hadrian renamed it ("Syria Palaestina") in 135 AD at the end of the Jewish Revolt.See more »
Quotes:
Diana:[Marcellus has just been sentenced to execution; Diana leaves the podium to stand at his side] Sire, Marcellus is my chosen husband. I wish to go with him.
Caligula:Stand back! You're not on trial! There's no evidence against you!
Diana:Then if it please you, sire, I'll provide evidence. I have no wish to live another hour in an empire ruled by *you*! You dare to call yourself a Caesar. Once the Caesars of Rome were noble, but in you, noble blood has turned to poison. You corrupt Rome with your spite and malice.
Caligula:Stop! Stop it!
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Smash His Camera (2010)See more »

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29 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Another Biblical Tale Around a Peripheral Character, 17 May 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The Robe comes from a tradition of historical biblical fiction about a peripheral incident and/or character. It is in the same vein as Ben-Hur and Barabbas, films adapted from a similar source.

In this case it is Jesus's robe that he wore to the crucifixion. It is recorded that while He was on the cross waiting to die, Roman soldiers idled their time away by casting dice for the only possession He took to his death, his robe. The lucky winner turned out to be Richard Burton, a tribune recently sent on assignment because of a running feud with the Emperor to be.

The run in with Caligula was over a slave purchased by Burton, a Greek named Demetrius played by Victor Mature. Both Burton and Mature are exiled to Judea and they arrive just in time to see Jesus enter Jerusalem. Mature becomes converted to Jesus's teachings and Burton is driven mad by the enormity of what he has participated in.

The Robe was written by Lloyd C. Douglas who was an ordained Lutheran minister and who turned to writing at the age of 50 with his first best seller Magnificent Obsession. His writings were of the Christian inspirational variety and he was a very popular American writer right up to his death in 1951.

Richard Burton got one of his Academy Award nominations for his role. Jean Simmons as Diana who was the main source of his rivalry with Caligula gives a good understated performance of the woman who stood by the man she loved and his fate and passed up a chance to be an Empress.

Jay Robinson as Caligula got most of the notice. Although John Hurt in the I Claudius series is probably now the definitive Caligula, Robinson's performance holds up very well indeed. A substance abuse problem curtailed a promising career and though he did come back it was not the same.

The Robe was 20th Century Fox's first film in its new wide screen process of Cinemascope and really should be seen in a letter box version at home. Richard Burton is always good and elevates whatever film he's in.

Though in this case the subject matter is elevated just about as high as it can get.

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