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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 Alberto Lupo ... Aronne / Aaron
Corrado Pani ... Antipatro / Herodes Antipas
Renato Baldini ... Claudio
Camillo Pilotto Camillo Pilotto ... High Priest
Carlo D'Angelo Carlo D'Angelo ... Man who saw the Messiah's birth
Enrico Glori 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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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

5 December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

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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Herod driving everyone mad but most of all himself
18 March 2019 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

It's one of those Italian Peplum productions, for once without any Steve Reeves, but Edmund Purdom as Herod is convincing enough, although maybe slightly too handsome for a Herod, like Massimo Girotti also is a bit too dashing for Augustus. The story is the grim drama of Herod killing off his own family - Augustus observed on one occasion that no one needed to threat Herod's family as he would soon have killed them all himself. It has the character of a melodrama, there is very little action and mainly only theatrical acting, but the actors are all good and attractive - like in all Peplum films the set designs are perfectly stylish. But that's all - no cinematography, nothing special, only drama and tears and paranoia, which Herod drives to extremes - which he also did in reality.


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