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Sign of the Pagan (1954)

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With the Roman Empire divided, Attila the Hun hopes to conquer. In his way are a brave centurion, a beautiful princess...and Christianity.

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Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Joan Bennett
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Ludmilla Tchérina ...
Princess Pulcheria (as Ludmilla Tcherina)
Rita Gam ...
Kubra
Jeff Morrow ...
George Dolenz ...
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Astrologer
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Ildico
Alexander Scourby ...
Chrysaphius
Howard Petrie ...
Gundahar
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Leo Gordon ...
Moroni Olsen ...
Fred Nurney ...
Chamberlain
Sara Shane ...
Myra
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Roman centurion Marcian is captured by Attila the Hun en route to Constantinople, but escapes. On arrival, he finds the eastern Roman emperor Theodosius plotting with Attila to look the other way while the latter marches against Rome. But Marcian gains the favor of Pulcheria, lovely sister of Theodosius, who favors a united Empire. As Attila marches, things look bleak for the weakened imperial forces. But the conqueror has an awe of the power of the Christians' God... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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epic | ancient rome

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Against the ravaging hordes of ATTILA...stood a warrior's might and a people's faith! Against his ruthless pagan lusts...the power of a woman's love!

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Drama | History

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18 December 1954 (USA)  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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2.55 : 1
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Final film of Moroni Olsen. See more »

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During the wrestling scene, no matter how much the handle of the spit is turned, the meat carcass never moves. See more »

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After the list of actors at the start of the film it says: "AND Statesmen, Citizens, Soldiers of the Armies of the Roman Empire and the Hordes of Attila" See more »

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Referenced in The Long Day Closes (1992) See more »

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Very enjoyable historical "epic"
19 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Even for an epic, at 92 minutes this movie is quite short, but hey it is a very enjoyable movie regardless. Yes even with the occasionally muddled plot and dull performance of Jeff Chandler.

Sign of the Pagan is an example of a movie that is strikingly photographed in early CinemaScope, lustily staged by the director Douglas Sirk and terrifically scored. And there is some nice dialogue as well, not Oscar-worthy material perhaps but nice enough and the pacing wasn't too bad either. It is the performance of Jack Palance though that takes centre stage, he portrays Atila the King of the Huns as a ruthless and ferocious barbarian, and Palance seems to be having a whale of a time, it was quite simply a hugely enjoyable performance.

Overall, not absolutely brilliant but very enjoyable even with its faults. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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