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Fire Over Rome (1965)

L'incendio di Roma (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 20 March 1965 (Italy)
After successfully campaigning in Gaul for seven years, Consul Marcus Valerius arrived back in Rome with his legion. He and his men were looking forward to celebrating their return with ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lang Jeffries ... Marcus Valerius
Cristina Gaioni ... Giulia
Moira Orfei ... Poppaea
Mario Feliciani ... Seneca
Luciano Marin Luciano Marin ... Fulvius
Evi Maltagliati Evi Maltagliati ... Livia Augusta, Marcus's Mother
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Clodius
Massimo Carocci Massimo Carocci ... Young Christian
Vladimir Medar Vladimir Medar ... Nero
Vladimir Bacic Vladimir Bacic
Anita Todesco Anita Todesco
Domenico Maggio Domenico Maggio ... (as Mimmo Maggio)
Franco Daddi Franco Daddi
Riccardo Pizzuti
Demeter Bitenc Demeter Bitenc ... Menecrate


After successfully campaigning in Gaul for seven years, Consul Marcus Valerius arrived back in Rome with his legion. He and his men were looking forward to celebrating their return with families and friends. The fearless warrior expected his Emperor to be pleased with his conquests, but Nero showed little interest. Other priorities were far more important. Nero ordered Marcus to assist Menecrate, the hated leader of the Praetorian Guards, in cleansing the city of its Christian presence but he refused and resigned as consul in protest. He was immediately sentenced to death and his legion disbanded. Marcus Valerius is a valiant soldier and the killing of innocent people goes against all his principals. The former hero now becomes the hunted. Written by bcarruthers-76500

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20 March 1965 (Italy) See more »

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Fire Over Rome See more »

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GMC, Jadran Film See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was unreleased in the UK until 1975 when it was finally issued under the title "Revenge Of The Gladiators", and played as a supporting feature to "Land Of The Monsters" (itself a retitling of the 1962 feature "Colossus Of The Stone Age"). See more »


Jesus Christ: [Appearing in a vision] Peter? Paul?
Peter the disciple: [Walking out of the gate of Rome with Paul, the disciple] My lord?
Jesus Christ: This is not your road. In truth I say unto you: that your place is where your brothers suffer, and there, now and for always, wherever there is suffering and pain. Brian Carruthers.
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Edited into Le calde notti di Poppea (1969) See more »

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Unexpectedly Interesting (No Spoilers)
20 May 2018 | by dishlady69See all my reviews

While I'm not partial to the insanity of the Nero storyline (no spoilers), I love the tie-ins with the infamous Seneca and Sts Peter and Paul. What gets me about this film is the strong ethical pull and the fact that having ethical principles is immediately misunderstood as being Christian -- which at the time is an accusation punishable by death, usually without evidence or trial in Nero's time. (No more on this so as not to include any spoilers, BUT it's fair to mention that this line of action ultimately leads to the great fire of Rome.)

The acting and costumes are quote good. My favorite character is the mother (NO SPOILERS).

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