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The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  26 March 1964 (USA)
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Action-packed look at the beginnings of the fall of the Roman Empire. Here is the glory, the greed and grandeur that was Rome. Here is the story of personal lust for power, and the ... See full summary »

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Action-packed look at the beginnings of the fall of the Roman Empire. Here is the glory, the greed and grandeur that was Rome. Here is the story of personal lust for power, and the shattering effects of that power's loss. Here is the tale of the plight of a people living on the brink of a political abyss. Written by filmfactsman

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Taglines:

The Most Magnificent Re-Creation . . . Of An Ancient Empire . . . Launches A New Epoch In Motion Pictures . . .

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Drama | History | War

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26 March 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La caída del imperio romano  »

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$19,000,000 (estimated)
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| (1970 re-release)

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(35 mm optical prints)| (Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Alec Guinness admitted that he never saw more than twenty minutes of the completed film. See more »

Goofs

When Commodus and Livius are holding the torch during Marcus Aurelius' funeral pyre, their hands move further away from the flame between shots. See more »

Quotes

Livius: You're beautiful.
Lucilla: You're beautiful.
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Referenced in A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics (2009) See more »

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One of the best of the 60s epics
3 January 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film really should be seen on a big screen, in Panavision. The spectacle is breathtaking, immensely aided by Robert Krasker's superb photography, ranging from the misty forests and snowscapes of Northern Europe to the brilliant sunlit colours of Rome.

But the actors aren't outdone. Alec Guinness and James Mason lend the production a touch of class, whilst Christopher Plummer's dissolute emperor is a splendidly monstrous figure. Watch out too for old Finlay Currie, Magwitch in "Great Expectations", as an aged Senator.


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