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Caligula (1979)

Caligola (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, History | 15 February 1980 (USA)
Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome's most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula.


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The rise and fall of the notorious Roman Emperor Caligula, showing the violent methods that he employs to gain the throne, and the subsequent insanity of his reign - he gives his horse political office and humiliates and executes anyone who even slightly displeases him. He also sleeps with his sister, organises elaborate orgies and embarks on a fruitless invasion of Britain before meeting an appropriate end. There are various versions of the film, ranging from the heavily truncated 90-minute version to the legendary 160-minute hardcore version which leaves nothing to the imagination (though the hardcore scenes were inserted later and do not involve the main cast members). Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


What would you have done if you had been given absolute power of life and death over everybody else in the whole world? See more »


Drama | History


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Release Date:

15 February 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caligula  »

Box Office


$17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,669 (USA) (17 September 1999)


$23,438,120 (USA)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (R-rated) | (recut) | (re-release) | (original)

Sound Mix:

(re-release: 1999)| (original release)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Contrary to the popular beliefs, the infamous 210 minute pre-release version of the film never existed. The mix-up came from an erroneous film program printed for the first public screen of "Caligula" at the Cannes Trade Festival (not to be confused with the Cannes Film Festival that occurs around the same time of the year) that stated that the entirety of the "Caligula Screening" runs 210 minutes. What it forgot to say, however, was that both the film (in its 156 minute edition) and the one hour making-of featurette were shown back to back that night, thus creating the three and a half hour running time. See more »


Nerva is shown killing himself in the year 37 AD. However, he died circa 33 AD. See more »


[first lines]
Caligula: I have existed from the morning of the world and I shall exist until the last star falls from the night. Although I have taken the form of Gaius Caligula, I am all men as I am no man and therefore I am a God.
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The opening credits are shown over a bleeding coin. See more »


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User Reviews

Great Movie
25 May 2002 | by (Tinglev, Denmark) – See all my reviews

This movie was running for a stunning 5 years ore so, in a Copenhagen Cinema. I saw it for the first time there, and i was taken by it. The combination of great performance and the open sexuality is amazing, especially the lesbian scene is worth watching again and again, here is no pumped up breast and dumb blondes but hot sexual women who actually looks like the like what they are doing. And the story is great too, that's the way to learn about history. if you haven't seen it, see it now!!

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