The decurion Randus holds himself so well in the command of his troops, that Caesar promotes him to centurion. He is subsequently sent to Egypt, to keep Caesar informed on the actions and ... See full summary »
Gianna Maria Canale
The story picks up at the point where "The Robe (1953)" ends, following the martyrdom of Diana and Marcellus. Christ's robe is conveyed to Peter for safe-keeping, but the emperor Caligula wants it back to benefit from its powers. Marcellus' former slave Demetrius seeks to prevent this, and catches the eye of Messalina, wife to Caligula's uncle Claudius. Messalina tempts Demetrius, he winds up fighting in the arena, and wavers in his faith.Written by
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Victor Mature and Richard Egan, who played enemies in this movie, would play close friends in the film noir melodrama Violent Saturday the following year. See more »
Caligula was murdered by several conspirators in an underground passageway, not in an arena by one man. Claudius was found hiding behind a curtain, certain he would be murdered as well since he was Caligula's uncle before being proclaimed the new emperor. Finally, there is no mention of Caligula's wife and daughter who were also assassinated. See more »
We were friends once, Glycon.
I know. I suppose I should blame myself for what has become of you. When I put that sword in your hand, it killed more than Dardanius and the others. It killed you. I hope you sleep well, sir. Good night.
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Being born in 1956, this film has had it's run on my TV screen for years. I have always enjoyed this movie even with it's campy backdrops and fake tiger scenes.
The first positive, is that Susan Hayward was and is a babe throughout this film, and awful easy on the eyes. Second, add a young Anne Bancroft and Debra Paget, and the film goes babe-fest! What's not to like?
Yes, Jay Robinson does go way overboard as Caligula, and Victor Mature was a bit too wholesome as Demetrius, but the guy never really took himself too serious as an actor to start with. Toss in Michael Rennie, William Marshall, a young Richard Egan (300 Spartans), and Earnest baby, and your get a star-studded action film that holds it's own in the world of even worse Roman epics like the tortuous "Fall of the Roman Empire".
I sat through that no-action/women (Ok Sophia!) bore in a theater for as long as my mother could put up with her two boys squirming and bellyaching about the 188 minute run time. Alas, with us tag-teaming her, she never lasted to see the end of that film!
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