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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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Far too literate a film for lovers of epic action 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:
Sophia Loren's salary for the film was $1,000,000. She was the second actress, behind Elizabeth Taylor, to receive that amount for a single film.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:Men of Rome, men of Rome! Do not touch these people, they have become your brothers. They're Roman now. The whole Northern people will answer with fire and blood, their hatred will live for centuries. Men of Roman blood will pay for this. You will make nations to kill us all. Let us live in peace!Peace!
[Timonides is killed with a javelin in the chest]
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31 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Far too literate a film for lovers of epic action, 2 November 2002
Author: uds3 from Longmont, Colorado

The inspiration and source material for GLADIATOR in case you hadn't noticed. This particular historical romp coming very late in the epic cycle in the 60's was a masterpiece of script, direction and set construction. You may have thought the Colosseum in GLADIATOR was impressive - digitised though it was, but compare it to the jaw-dropping scenes in Commodus' Rome - and they BUILT those! Ridley Scott used LESS than 50 people in his Colosseum scenes - every ONE of the thousands of Roman citizens you see, are there! To film this today with the same realism would cost $600-800,000 perhaps one billion plus!

Other scenes, such as the funeral of Aurelius are simply spinal-tap if you have the slightest understanding of what you are seeing. Most people didn't - leaving the theater (even in the 60's) feeling they'd just sat through a history seminar rather than an entertaining movie. I suppose it comes down to WHAT exactly "entertains" you? Master director Martin Scorcese (an extremely literate man himself) singled this movie out as one to study for those interested in the history of American Film...I wonder why?

Curiously the role of Marcus Aurelius was the highlight (acting wise) of both THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE and GLADIATOR. Sir Alec Guinness gave us a totally masterful and benevolent emperor here in just the same way that the late Richard Harris dominated GLADIATOR during his on-screen moments. The film was one to LISTEN to, to reflect on...not too munch popcorn and watch the big men fly! James Mason as Timonides, gave one of his most enduring and touching roles....he was actually injured during that scene with the lance and was unable to film for a few days.

Comments that Boyd was "wooden" and Plummer "over the top," irritate me also. Livius was a noble man of integrity - that's how Boyd portrayed him, these weren't times for off-the-cuff humor. Similarly, evidence exists that Commodus himself was not the "thinking man's choice" of emperor - cruel, vengeful and way left-field of normal! Plummer brought all this out rather well I thought. It doesn't matter a whole lot to me OR Anthony Mann I suppose, what YOU thought about it! Sophia Loren? Not your average "legally blonde" Romanic bimbo either. The epitome of poise and elegance...way too "wooden" for the new millennium!

I believe the FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE is right up there with BEN HUR and Stanley Kubrick's SPARTACUS. Most any intelligent and perceptive person would agree! I would happily have watched it for 280 minutes!

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