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The Fall of the Roman Empire ()


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The death of Marcus Aurelius leads to a succession crisis, in which the deceased emperor's son, Commodus, demonstrates that he is unwilling to let anything undermine his claim to the Roman... See more »

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Lucilla
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Livius
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Marcus Aurelius
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Timonides
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Commodus
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Verulus
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Ballomar
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Sohamus
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Cleander
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Julianus
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Senator
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Polybius
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Niger
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Victorinus
Norman Wooland ...
Virgilianus
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Cornelius
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Marcellus (as Virgilio Texera)
Peter Damon ...
Claudius
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Lentulus
Lena von Martens ...
Helva (as Lena Von Martens)
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Barbarian (uncredited)
Margaret Fuller ...
Part of Court (uncredited)
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Tauna (uncredited)
Jeffrey O'Kelly ...
Brother of Livius (uncredited)
Robert Rietty ...
Opening Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
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Marius (uncredited)
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Barbarian (uncredited)
Patricia Wright ...
Roman citizen, Slave woman (uncredited)

Directed by

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Anthony Mann

Written by

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Ben Barzman ... (screenplay) &
Basilio Franchina ... (screenplay) &
Philip Yordan ... (screenplay)
 
Edward Gibbon ... (based on "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire") (uncredited)

Produced by

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Samuel Bronston ... producer
Jaime Prades ... associate producer
Michal Waszynski ... executive associate producer (as Michael Waszynski)

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Dimitri Tiomkin

Cinematography by

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Robert Krasker ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert Lawrence

Editorial Department

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Magdalena Paradell ... assistant to editor

Casting By

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Maude Spector

Production Design by

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Veniero Colasanti
John Moore

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Veniero Colasanti
John Moore

Costume Design by

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Veniero Colasanti
John Moore

Makeup Department

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Grazia De Rossi ... hairdresser (as Grazia DeRossi)
Mario Van Riel ... makeup artist
José Luis Pérez ... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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C.O. Erickson ... executive production manager
Tadeo Villalba ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Yakima Canutt ... second unit director
José López Rodero ... assistant director: first unit
José María Ochoa ... assistant director: second unit
Andrew Marton ... second unit director (uncredited)
Mauro Sacripanti ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Julio Sempere ... second second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Stanley Detlie ... master of properties
José María Alarcón ... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Luciano Arroyo ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Julián Martín ... painter (uncredited)
Vicente Sempere Sempere ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi ... head scenic painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Milton C. Burrow ... sound effects editor (as Milton Burrow)
David Hildyard ... sound mixer
Gordon K. McCallum ... sound re-recordist
Otto Snel ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Alex Weldon ... special effects
Antonio Bueno ... special effects supervisor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Jerry Brown ... stunts (uncredited)
Tap Canutt ... stunt double: Stephen Boyd (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Jack Williams ... stunt double: Christopher Plummer (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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John Harris ... camera operator
Cecilio Paniagua ... second unit cameraman
Bruno Pasqualini ... supervising electrician
Federico G. Grau ... still photographer (uncredited)
Vincent Rossell ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Gloria Musetta ... wardrobe (as Gloria Mussetta)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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George Korngold ... music editor
Dimitri Tiomkin ... conductor
Cecil Bolton ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Frank Comstock ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Robert Docker ... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish ... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Tamkin ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Samuel Bronston ... presenter
Will Durant ... consultant
Carl Gibson ... supervising technician
Maciek Piotrowski ... title backgrounds and murals
Elaine Schreyeck ... continuity
George Tyne ... dialogue coach
Enzo Musumeci Greco ... master of arms (uncredited)
Friedrich von Ledebur ... horse master (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 filmfactsman

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Taglines Their world was ending...the barbarians were at the gate...this was the time when passions, appetites, emotions ran wild See more »
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Also Known As
  • La chute de l'Empire romain (France)
  • Der Untergang des Römischen Reiches (Germany)
  • La caída del Imperio romano (Spain)
  • Căderea Imperiului Roman (Romania)
  • Upadek Cesarstwa Rzymskiego (Poland)
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  • 188 min
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Budget $19,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Alec Guinness admitted that he never saw more than twenty minutes of the completed film. See more »
Goofs When Commodus and Livius are holding the torch during Marcus Aurelius' funeral pyre, their hands move further away from the flame between shots. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Romans (1987). See more »
Crazy Credits The Paramount logo did not appear on American prints. See more »
Quotes Victorinus: We're in command now Livius, the throne is yours.
Senator: Gaius Mettelus Livius, the people are asking for you.
Livius: You would not find me very suitable, because my first official act would be to have you all crucified.
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