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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Average Shot Length and Median Shot Length = ~10 seconds. See more »
The film is set in AD 53. One of the statues surrounding the Emperor's throne is Michelangelo's David which wasn't finished until 1503. See more »
Do you see her Claudius ? The Goddess Diana. Every night she comes to me. My arms. There there she goes. Now do you see her ?
Why not ?
Only you gods are privileged to see each other.
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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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