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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 »
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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:
Famous as the first film released in CinemaScope. It was not planned that way. After a week of shooting in standard academy (1.33:1), the production was shut down. When production was resumed, they started from scratch and did each shot in CinemaScope, and them again in the standard academy format. The film was released in CinemaScope only theatrically at first. In the 1990's this version was released to television (when "letterboxing" began to be used for widescreen films shown there). The standard academy format version was released to theatres not yet equipped for CinemaScope, and to television in the 1960's.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: There are repeated references to galleys leaving Rome for Palestine (and vise versa) "on the next tide". The tides in the Mediterranean Sea are too slight to be of concern to sailors.See more »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
Marcellus Gallio:Were you... out there?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Constantine's Sword (2007)See more »

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34 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Let this one rip on Good Friday afternoon, 2 March 2005
Author: Harv Spangle (content@rimnod.com) from Over the mountains of the moon

This is my pick for Easter. Almost all the objections and criticisms to this film can be waved away with the not so simple explanation that it is, after all, only a Hollywood studio (1953) adaptation of a Lloyd C. Douglas novel. So forgive the clichés and the big set piece sword-fight and the chase scene and the goofy ending where the hero and his girl literally walk up to heaven to the yodeling of a choir of angels. Instead be thankful for wonderful sets --the very fine musical score--the interesting characterizations and the solid photography and direction. (This was the first Cinemascope movie released).

Marcellus Gallio (Richard Burton) is a swaggering, slightly debauched Roman Tribune from a good family who is exiled out to provincial garrison duty after insulting the future Emperor Caligula (Jay Robinson). He lands in the "sinkhole" of Jerusalem for what turns out to be a very short stay. But, before being recalled to Rome he is given orders from Pontius Pilate to carry out the execution of Jesus. Marcellus "loses his reason" after taking part in the crucifixion. The movie then follows his travails as he seeks to regain his sanity by finding and destroying Christ's robe - A relic that he feels is at the root of his affliction.

Richard Burton received an Oscar nomination for this role -though this is clearly not his best work. I like Burton -however he seems to have trouble in this picture in doing much more than projecting a rather sullen-if sometimes eloquent petulance. He doesn't stray very far from this grim pose whether he is the playboy in Rome or the slack and dissolute officer in Palestine or the tortured madman being interviewed by Emperor Tiberius (Ernest Theisger) in Capri. Even his later "rebirth" as a convert to Christianity doesn't serve to "perk" him up very much. Maybe the real problem with his performance is that he often has little to say ..... the best dialogue in the movie is given to some of the fine actors around him.

If you enjoy looking at beautiful young women who personify grace, dignity and intelligence---then watch Jean Simmons as the love interest (Diana). She has several nice speeches throughout the movie -my personal favorite being her sentiments of loyalty for the mad Marcellus as expressed to Tiberius ("When you won a battle Sire -you could expect to receive the admiration of your men...but when you lost...what would you have given then to have the eagles raised in your honor and your name on every man's lips?"). It's disappointing that she gets "preachy" at the end of the film and makes a clumsy conversion to Christianity that yields her only instant martyrdom.

Victor Mature is good as Marcellus' Greek slave (Demetrius). A single wordless glance from Jesus in an encounter on Palm Sunday is enough to set him on the path to Christianity. He attempts to warn Jesus of his impending arrest (stumbling on to the suicidal Judas in the effort) and even begs Marcellus to intercede for the condemned man. He later heaps justifiable abuse on his master and on all that Rome represents. He is afterwards rescued by the "reborn" Marcellus and lives to appear in the uninspired sequel to this movie.

Jeff Morrow (Paulus) is unheralded but great as the grizzled and cynical veteran officer subordinate to Marcellus. Morrow is often allowed expository observations about the passing scenes in Jerusalem -while all Burton can do is listen and frown. Paulus offers Marcellus some practical advice before they go to carry out the execution order against Jesus. He encourages Marcellus to drink his wine and when he hesitates Paulus chides him with "This is your first execution isn't it?--What? Never driven nails into a man's flesh before?" Paulus clashes with Marcellus much later - after the latter has converted --and they engage in a sword fight --but not before Paulus taunts his former superior with: "Make me obey Tribune --you outrank me but I earned my rank- every step of the way in Gaul, Iberia and Africa against the enemies of Rome--Make me obey Tribune. If you're fool enough to try. Oh! You are a fool! I've split more men from head to foot than you see in this square." Needless to say....our lusty Tribune does make him obey.

Thesiger as Tiberius and Robinson as Caligula are excellent. Thesiger dominates the screen with impressive theatrical flair and Robinson projects just the right amount of arrogance, instability and menace as Caligula. I have seen some reviewers complain that Robinson goes "over the top" as Caligula—but let's face it....Caligula did have some "issues" and you would have to scale Everest to go "over the top" on him.

A decent attempt is made in this movie to highlight the virtues of honesty and charity exhibited by the early Christians -- Betta St John is featured as the crippled Miriam- she sings a song of the resurrection.

One thing that I find interesting is the perspective that "The Robe" offers into the political atmosphere of 1950's America. This film was made right at the time of McCarthy. The Cold War was raging. You will notice that while few punches are pulled as to the corruption and brutality of Rome –great care is taken not to turn the hero of the movie (Marcellus) into a direct enemy of the state itself. In fact -he denies the charges of treason against him at the end of the picture and even agrees to renew his allegiance to the monster, Caligula. He is only defiant when ordered to renounce Christ ---otherwise he would –apparently –be satisfied to submit. I believe that this presents to us a glimpse of the paranoia abroad in the land in the early Fifties--- when anything seen to undermined any established order of things--smacked of commie subversion and probably made the studio just a tad nervous.

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