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Director:
Writers:
Ben Barzman (screenplay) &
Basilio Franchina (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
26 March 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Most Magnificent Re-Creation . . . Of An Ancient Empire . . . Launches A New Epoch In Motion Pictures . . .
Plot:
Action-packed look at the beginnings of the fall of the Roman Empire. Here is the glory, the greed and grandeur that was Rome... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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(21 articles)
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Short review of a long movie See more (89 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sophia Loren ... Lucilla

Stephen Boyd ... Livius

Alec Guinness ... Marcus Aurelius

James Mason ... Timonides

Christopher Plummer ... Commodus

Anthony Quayle ... Verulus

John Ireland ... Ballomar

Omar Sharif ... Sohamus

Mel Ferrer ... Cleander
Eric Porter ... Julianus

Finlay Currie ... Senator
Andrew Keir ... Polybius
Douglas Wilmer ... Niger
George Murcell ... Victorinus
Norman Wooland ... Virgilianus
Michael Gwynn ... Cornelius
Virgilio Teixeira ... Marcellus (as Virgilio Texera)
Peter Damon ... Claudius
Rafael Calvo ... Lentulus
Lena von Martens ... Helva (as Lena Von Martens)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roland Carey ... Barbarian (uncredited)
Margaret Fuller ... Part of Court (uncredited)
Gabriella Licudi ... Tauna (uncredited)
Jeffrey O'Kelly ... Brother of Livius (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ... Opening Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Guy Rolfe ... Marius (uncredited)
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Barbarian (uncredited)
Patricia Wright ... Roman citizen, Slave woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Mann 
 
Writing credits
Ben Barzman (screenplay) &
Basilio Franchina (screenplay) &
Philip Yordan (screenplay)

Edward Gibbon  based on "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel Bronston .... producer
Jaime Prades .... associate producer
Michal Waszynski .... executive associate producer (as Michael Waszynski)
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Krasker (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Lawrence 
 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
 
Production Design by
Veniero Colasanti 
John Moore 
 
Set Decoration by
Veniero Colasanti 
John Moore 
 
Costume Design by
Veniero Colasanti 
John Moore 
 
Makeup Department
Grazia De Rossi .... hairdresser (as Grazia DeRossi)
Mario Van Riel .... makeup artist
José Luis Pérez .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
C.O. Erickson .... executive production manager
Tadeo Villalba .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director
José López Rodero .... assistant director: first unit
José María Ochoa .... assistant director: second unit
Andrew Marton .... second unit director (uncredited)
Julio Sempere .... second second assistant director (uncredited in original version)
 
Art Department
Stanley Detlie .... master of properties
José María Alarcón .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Luciano Arroyo .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Julián Martín .... painter (uncredited)
Vicente Sempere Sempere .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi .... head scenic painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Milton C. Burrow .... sound effects editor (as Milton Burrow)
David Hildyard .... sound mixer
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound re-recordist
Otto Snel .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Alex Weldon .... special effects
 
Stunts
Jerry Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunt double: Stephen Boyd (uncredited)
Tap Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunt double: Christopher Plummer (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Harris .... camera operator
Cecilio Paniagua .... second unit cameraman
Bruno Pasqualini .... supervising electrician
Vincent Rossell .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gloria Musetta .... wardrobe (as Gloria Mussetta)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Magdalena Paradell .... assistant to editor
 
Music Department
George Korngold .... music editor
Dimitri Tiomkin .... conductor
Cecil Bolton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Frank Comstock .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Robert Docker .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Samuel Bronston .... presenter
Will Durant .... consultant
Carl Gibson .... supervising technician
Maciek Piotrowski .... title backgrounds and murals
Elaine Schreyeck .... continuity
George Tyne .... dialogue coach
Enzo Musumeci Greco .... master of arms (uncredited)
Friedrich von Ledebur .... horse master (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
188 min | Sweden:172 min (1970 re-release) | Sweden:176 min | Argentina:184 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35 mm optical prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Finland:K-12 (uncut) (1989) | Finland:K-12 (cut) (1973) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1964) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:12 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video re-rating) (2010) (2011) | UK:U (video rating) (1987) (1997) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
Filming the outdoor scenes proved very difficult due to the harsh winter of 1962-63.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Timonides:As you see there is more than enough for ourselves. We were right Livius. There is no limit with what can be done with a human spirit, for good or evil.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in The Muppets Go to the Movies (1981) (TV)See more »

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29 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Short review of a long movie, 28 October 2007
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE is one of the last big budgeted Sandal epics of which started in the 1950s (QUO VADIS, THE ROBE) and lasted a good 15 years before dying a quick death. 1964 seems to be the year when the genre died, whether in the big Biblical style or the pulpy Sword & Sandal genre. And it's not surprising FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE failed so miserably. It's not a bad movie. It's a meticulously well mounted film based on a dire script. The actual historical events were too complex to cover in one film, even in a 3 hour film, but the script for FOTRE is so bad that it was almost impossible for anyone to make something palatable out of it.

In the first 45 minutes, we watch Alec Guiness, as Marcus Aurelius, dying. That's it. What a dreary and long start. And then for the next 2 hours we see everyone debating the end of Rome. Again, fun viewing. I love serious movies but the screenplay and direction was ill-conceived here: who wants to watch an old man dying for the first 45 minutes of a 3 hour film, only to be followed by more moaning and groaning? The length of the movie already demanded a lot from viewers and the dour, dark tone of the movie was too much for them to sustain interest. After the first deathly dull 45 minutes, the film never recovered afterwards.

Other things like miscast actors: no one and I mean no one seems to be related. Alec is Sophia's father? Sophia and Christopher Plummer are siblings? Stephen Boyd was a befuddled looking actor. Boyd and Sophia have no chemistry whatsoever. There's a certain amount of predictability to everything, certainly in regards to the James Mason character and what happens with the Barbarians. If a film is predictable in its direction and it's 3 hours long, the film suddenly feels like 5 hours. And as a fan of big scores, the music in FOTRE is not memorable at all and this is during one of the best decades for film scores. All these elements create a film that falls resolutely flat. It's unfortunate because the resources were there. The sets in Rome are stunning and there is one good battle scene. The tone, certainly at the end, is effectively Apocalyptic but it's too little, too late. The passion seen at the end should have been present from the start.

There's no doubt that Ridley Scott was, eh, "inspired" by this film when he made the overrated GLADIATOR. The whole beginning of GLADIATOR is almost a scene by scene copy of the beginning in FOTRE. Though more visually pleasing than the dreary FOTRE, GLADIATOR is kid's stuff compared to the Anthony Mann film. The 1964 film respected the intelligence of its audience while the Russell Crowe flick is mere junk food. Oscar winning junk food that is.

All in all, THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE is a somewhat fascinating misfire. It could also be called THE FALL OF THE ROMAN INSPIRED MOVIES. It's sad that this film killed the Sword & Sandal genre back in the 1960s.

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