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The Emperor Caligula: The Untold Story (1982)

Caligola: La storia mai raccontata (original title)
Unrated | | Adult, Drama, History | 2 February 1982 (Italy)
The mad Roman emperor Caligula romances a young Moor woman plotting to kill him while he continues his debauched lifestyle of sex and murder.

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(as David Hills), (as Richard Franks)
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David Brandon ...
Caligula (as David Cain Haughton)
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Miriam
Luciano Bartoli ...
Messala (as Oliver Finch)
Charles Borromel ...
Petreio
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Livia
Sasha D'Arc ...
Ulmar
Alessandro Freyberger ...
Ezio (as Alex Freyberger)
Larry Dolgin ...
Cornelius
Gabriele Tinti ...
Marcellus Agrippa
John Alin ...
Tullio Gallio
Ulla Luna ...
Clizia
Michele Soavi ...
Domitius
Joan McCoy
Didi Franks
Giorgia Williams
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The deranged Roman emperor Gainus 'Caligula' (Little Boots) Caesar (12-41 A.D.) rules Rome with an iron fist and has anyone tortured and executed for even the slightest insubordination. Mostly set during the last year of his reign, as Caligula loses support due to his brutal and crazed excess, a young Moor woman, named Miriam, becomes his lover while plotting to kill him to avenge the murder of a friend which Caligula was responsible for. But Miriam is torn between her personal vendetta against Caligula and her own personal feelings towards him despite his madness and debauched lifestyle of orgies and bloody torture murders. Written by matt-282

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Some stories are better left...untold
12 October 2004 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

I'm probably one of the few people in the world who don't automatically categorize Joe D'Amato's film as 'worthless' or 'sleazy junk'. No, I actually support the opinion that he's a filmmaker with vision. With films like 'Buried Alive', 'Death Smiles at Murder' and 'Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals' he proved that he's capable of combining gruesome horror images and gore with a compelling script. This film, however, completely takes the edge off the above stated opinion. Caligula: The Untold Story is a very ugly and mediocre film about history's most notorious figure. Following Tinto Brass' controversial cult-epic, D'Amato focuses on the cruel and inhuman reign of the Roman emperor. This film particularly handles about a personal vendetta between a Moor-woman (whose friend got brutally killed) and the Emperor. She's torn between her personal feelings and her urge to take vengeance bla bla bla…

Caligula is a non-stop series of uninteresting sleaze, lame gore, terrible acting skills and inferior production values. The film starts out well enough, with a great cameo from Michele Soavi (later the director of masterpieces like 'Dellamorte Dellamore') trying to kill Caligula but, after this, it all goes downhill. David Cain is an incredibly bad actor and even the gorgeous Laura 'Black Emanuelle' Gemser doesn't look sensual enough to keep you watching. This film reminded me a lot about history lessons in school. The substance is fascinating enough, but it's brought in such a tedious and dull way. You're way better of watching Brass' epic staring Malcolm McDowell.


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