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Herod the Great (1959)

Erode il grande (original title)
Herod, King of Judea, is made a prisoner by the Romans. Convinced the King is dead, his faithful lieutenant, Aaron, is nevertheless unable to keep his promise to kill the Queen if something untoward happened to the King. He leads the young woman out into the desert. Herod's pleas to Augustus are successful and he returns to his palace. His son, Antipater, informs Herod that Aaron has betrayed him.

Director:

Viktor Tourjansky (as Arnaldo Genoino)

Writers:

Damiano Damiani (story), Tullio Pinelli (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edmund Purdom ... Erode / Herodes
Sylvia Lopez ... Mariam / Miriam
Massimo Girotti ... Ottaviano / Augustus
Sandra Milo ... Sarah
Elena Zareschi Elena Zareschi ... Alexandra
Alberto Lupo ... Aronne / Aaron
Corrado Pani ... Antipatro / Herodes Antipas
Renato Baldini ... Claudio
Camillo Pilotto ... High Priest
Carlo D'Angelo ... Man who saw the Messiah's birth
Enrico Glori ... Taret
Adolfo Geri Adolfo Geri
Fedele Gentile Fedele Gentile ... Oreb
Enzo Fiermonte
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... (as Fiodor Schaliapin)
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Herod, King of Judea, is made a prisoner by the Romans. Convinced the King is dead, his faithful lieutenant, Aaron, is nevertheless unable to keep his promise to kill the Queen if something untoward happened to the King. He leads the young woman out into the desert. Herod's pleas to Augustus are successful and he returns to his palace. His son, Antipater, informs Herod that Aaron has betrayed him. Written by Aline

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All the passion and power in the pagan court of history's mad and lustful king! See more »


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Italian censorship visa # 28396 delivered on 30-12-1958. See more »

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Herod: Aaron, I can let you die quickly, or I can keep you alive so that you will curse the woman who brought you into this world.
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Good Epic of Betrayal and Revenge
31 July 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When Marco Antonio is defeated by his enemies, his former allied King Herod of Judea (Edmund Purdom) travels to convince Augustus to support his government by the Romans. He makes his chief commander and friend Aaron (Alberto Lupo) swear that he would kill his beloved Queen Miriam (Sylvia Lopez) if he died. When Herod is arrested by the Romans, one of his men returns to Judea and lies, telling that he was killed by the Romans. However Aaron is not able to keep his promise and Miriam stays alive. When Herode returns to his palace, his son Antipater, poisons Herode with the lie that Aaron has betrayed him and had an affair with Miriam. The madness of Herode destroys his friends and his kingdom.

"Erode il grande" is a good epic of betrayal and revenge in a nest of snakes. The theatrical performance of Edmund Purdom is very exaggerated and quite ridiculous in the love scenes with Sylvia Lopez, but in the rest of the movie he works well. The character of Antipater seems to be inspired in Iago of Shakespeare's Othello. Unfortunately the DVD released in Brazil by the distributor London Films is horribly dubbed in English, and the quality of the image is awful. But this movie is a worthwhile entertainment if the viewer disregard the previously mentioned problems. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Herodes o Grande" ("Herode The Great")


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Language:

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Release Date:

5 December 1960 (USA) See more »

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