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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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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Historical and epic film with big budget financed by the great producer Samuel Bronston 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)
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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:
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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:
The film was originally intended to be made after El Cid (1961) and to reunite Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren. The set for the Forum Romanum was being built when Heston rejected the script and expressed an interest in 55 Days at Peking (1963) instead. Samuel Bronston immediately ordered that the work on the Forum be stopped and the landscaping and foundation work be adapted for the Peking set. After filming, the Peking set was torn down and replaced by the Forum. If you look carefully, both sets share a very similar topography.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 »

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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Historical and epic film with big budget financed by the great producer Samuel Bronston, 26 January 2005
Author: ma-cortes

The movie deals with Marco Aurelio (Alec Guinness) of the dynasty of Antoninos, formed by : Nerva , Trajano , Adriano , Antonino Pio , Marco Aurelio and Commodo (Christopher Plummer ), after that , there happens many riots and coups d'etat until Diocleciano , who imposed peace and order with the tetrarchy . Being dead Marco Aurelio, succeeded his son Commodo , a nutty and gladiator emperor , he'll take on his sister Drusilla (Sophia Loren) and Livio (Stephen Boyd replaced Charlton Heston) . They'll have to fight against German barbarians (commanded by John Ireland) and Persians (ruled by Omar Shariff).

In the picture there are struggles , epic events , a love history and is very interesting , in spite of the fact that the runtime is overlong : two hours and half . Alec Guinness as a stoic and thoughtful philosopher emperor and craving the ¨pax Roman¨ is top notch . Christopher Plummer's interpretation as the nut-head son is first rate , while Stephen Boyd and Sophia Loren are a bit wooden . James Mason as the broody and good Marco Aurelio's adviser is excellent . The film was originally intended to be made after El Cid and to reunite Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren . The set for the Forum Romanum was actually being built when Heston rejected the script but expressed an interest in '55 Days at Peking' instead . Samuel Bronston immediately ordered that the work on the Forum be stopped and the landscaping and foundation work be adapted for the Peking set . After filming, the Peking set was torn down and replaced by the Forum , if you look carefully, both sets share a very similar topography . Colosanti and John Moore production design is breathtaking . Battles staged by Yakima Canutt are incredible and impressive . Scenarios are overwhelming : the Roman Forum , Roman Capitol , the temples...the sets are spellbound . Colorful cinematography by Robert Krasker is awesome , similar to Dimitri Tiomkin's fascinating and romantic musical score . Anthony Mann's direction in his last film is spectacular and outstanding . The motion picture didn't obtain success at the box office , it was a real flop and collapsed Samuel Bronston's empire . Rating : Well worth Watching . Very Good.

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