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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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Cast

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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:
Budgeted at about $20 million, this was Paramount's biggest flop of 1964. Its failure cost producer Samuel Bronston his Spanish production facility.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:
Livius:[standing over body of Timonides] What happened, gentle Greek? Did you try to tell them there were three possibilities? Did you not know there was a fourth? This!
[picks up and throws spear away]
Lucilla:This is the way they answer to reason and now even you must see, this is the only way to answer them.
Livius:He does not seem dead to me, I can still feel his life, hear his words. Tell me what I must do in his name.
[yelling]
Livius:March the army into Rome and drown the city in blood!
Lucilla:[uncovering the Christian cross Timonides wore around his neck] He was my father's friend and a wise man.
[...]
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20 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
The Nail in the Coffin, 17 October 2006
Author: OttoVonB from Switzerland

the philosopher Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Alec Guiness) summons the leaders of the Empire to the northern Frontier. he plans to announce his desire to place his power in the hands of his loyal star general (Boyd), rather than to his wild, unpredictable son Commodus (Plummer). He is killed before doing so and the Empire crumbles under Commodus.

"The Fall of the Roman Empire" was the nail in its genre's coffin. Ponderous, expensive, it bombed and put the swords'n'sandals epic in a coma for a good 34 years, until the arrival of "Gladiator", with which it shares quite a few story similarities. But where Ridley Scott's film is lean and mean, Anthony Mann's is slow, stately and overly in love with its production design. It also has undeniable weaknesses. Stephen Boyd is bland and uninteresting, Sophia Lauren is painfully bad in many scenes, and the haughty tone is often overbearing, as if the film were too important to bother with simple, human emotions (though whenever it does, it fails, as the calamitous romantic scenes prove). It never helps that the music is ghastly beyond words.

This epic does have its supporters, however, and a few very precise elements are the cause of that: the sets are indeed sumptuous, John Mason keeps his dignity and his scenes with Alec Guiness are a pleasure to watch. The hero to worship here is Christopher Plummer. Plummer can do dark and ambitious, but he is unnervingly charming and dangerous as Commodus.

So in fewer words: not a complete waste of your time. A film that could have been better with different actors as its romantic leads.

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