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[last lines, Peter is speaking about the Silver Chalice to Basil and Deborra, and he utters his lines in the tone of a heroic speech]
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Jack Palance soars to new heights in this strange film!
This movie is best viewed on videotape, so you can fast-forward through all the boring parts...which comprise roughly 99.3 percent of this fiendishly bad movie.
The budget must have been tiny, and it shows plainly in the cheesy sets and bargain-basement wardrobe, which, by comparison, make Ed Wood's works look lavish in comparison.
Jack Palance ("Simon the Magician") steals the scenes every time a camera is pointed his way. Palance's wonderfully over-the-top, psychotic rendering here is amazing and extremely clever. His giddy flight from the top of an immense tower is extraordinary, and is the only bit of the movie really worth watching.
"Nero", too, had a few memorable lines, but the rest of the cast is miserably wasted. The dialogue is bad enough to elicit gasps, giggles, and embarrassed cringing from everyone exposed to it.
No wonder Paul Newman gets nervous any time this masterpiece surfaces....
I am being generous by rating it a 4.5 out of 10, and that is because I really loved Jack Palance in this funny flop.
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