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Action-packed look at the beginnings of the fall of the Roman Empire. Here is the glory, the greed and grandeur that was Rome. Here is the story of personal lust for power, and the shattering effects of that power's loss. Here is the tale of the plight of a people living on the brink of a political abyss.Written by
Director Anthony Mann filmed for one hundred forty-three days, while Second Unit Directors Yakima Canutt and Andrew Marton filmed the action scenes simultaneously in sixty-nine days. Filmed in Rome and Madrid, this was one of the most expensive pictures of the 1960s, costing sixteen million dollars, or an unofficial twenty million dollars. See more »
Although most soldiers in the ancient world wore their swords on the opposite hip from their sword arm, the Roman Legionnaires used a short sword called a gladius which they wore on their right hip. Depictions of this have led some viewers to believe that the entire Roman army was left handed. See more »
This was the beginning of the fall of the Roman Empire. A great civilization is not conquered from without, until it has destroyed itself from within.
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The Paramount logo did not appear on American prints. See more »
The non-roadshow version was cut to 153 minutes from the original 172 minutes running time. See more »
This film really should be seen on a big screen, in Panavision. The spectacle is breathtaking, immensely aided by Robert Krasker's superb photography, ranging from the misty forests and snowscapes of Northern Europe to the brilliant sunlit colours of Rome.
But the actors aren't outdone. Alec Guinness and James Mason lend the production a touch of class, whilst Christopher Plummer's dissolute emperor is a splendidly monstrous figure. Watch out too for old Finlay Currie, Magwitch in "Great Expectations", as an aged Senator.
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