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The Agony and the Ecstasy ()


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The biographical story of Michelangelo's troubles while painting the Sistine Chapel at the urging of Pope Julius II.

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Michelangelo
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Pope Julius II
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Contessina de'Medici
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Bramante
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Francesco Maria della Rovere, duke of Urbino
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Cardinal Giovanni de' Medici (pope Leo X)
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Paris De Grassis
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Sangallo
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Foreman
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Woman
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Raphael
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Fortunato Arena ...
Pope's Bodyguard (uncredited)
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Baron Von Silenen (uncredited)
Angelo Boscariol ...
Papal Guard (uncredited)
Calisto Calisti ...
Physician (uncredited)
Enrico Chiappafreddo ...
Tavern Customer (uncredited)
Antonio Corevi ...
Banquet Guest (uncredited)
Pasquale De Filippo ...
Priest Hit by Spilled Paint (uncredited)
Gianni Di Segni ...
Man at Tavern (uncredited)
Umberto Felici ...
Nobleman (uncredited)
Onofrio Fulli ...
Priest (uncredited)
Eugenio Galadini ...
Cardinal (uncredited)
Gilberto Galimberti ...
Tavern Customer (uncredited)
Veriano Ginesi ...
Tavern Customer (uncredited)
Margherita Horowitz ...
Noblewoman (uncredited)
Paolo Magalotti ...
Papal Guard (uncredited)
Vincenzo Maggio ...
Tavern Customer (uncredited)
Ugo Mari ...
Priest (uncredited)
Gino Marturano ...
Soldier (uncredited)
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Cardinal (uncredited)
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Peasant (uncredited)
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Cart Driver (uncredited)
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Narrator (uncredited)
Sandro Mondini ...
Banquet Guest (uncredited)
Nino Musco ...
Tavern Customer (uncredited)
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Seductive Woman (uncredited)
Piero Pastore ...
Nobleman on Battlefield (uncredited)
Mario Pennisi ...
Man Unimpressed by Pope's Arrival (uncredited)
Adolfo Pezzini ...
Man at Quarry (uncredited)
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Tavern Customer (uncredited)
Antonio Proietti ...
Nobleman (uncredited)
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Man Driving Cart (uncredited)
Luigi Scavran ...
Priest (uncredited)
Amedeo Trilli ...
Tavern Customer with God's Face (uncredited)
Mirko Valentin ...
Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by

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Carol Reed

Written by

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Irving Stone ... (based on the novel: "The Agony and the Ecstasy" by)
 
Philip Dunne ... (screen story and screenplay)

Produced by

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Carol Reed ... producer (uncredited)
Elmo Williams ... executive producer (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Alex North

Cinematography by

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Leon Shamroy ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Samuel E. Beetley ... film editor

Production Design by

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John DeCuir ... (as John De Cuir)

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Jack Martin Smith ... (art direction)

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Dario Simoni ... (set decorations)

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Vittorio Nino Novarese ... (costumes designed by)

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Grazia De Rossi ... hair stylist (as Grazia DeRossi)
Amato Garbini ... make-up

Production Management

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Giorgio Zambon ... production manager: Italian

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Gus Agosti ... assistant director
Robert D. Webb ... second unit director

Art Department

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Sam Gordon ... prop master
Howard Terpning ... poster designer
Alessandro Alberti ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Giovanni Natalucci ... set designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Carlton W. Faulkner ... sound
Douglas O. Williams ... sound
James Corcoran ... sound supervisor (uncredited)

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L.B. Abbott ... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. ... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank ... special photographic effects (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Raffaele Marino ... gaffer (as Raf Marino)
Leo McCreary ... key grip
Piero Portalupi ... photography: second unit
Cristo Verrillo ... electrician
Red Crawford ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ruggero Peruzzi ... wardrobe maker (as R. Peruzzi)
Ed Wynigear ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Location Management

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Frederick Muller ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Alexander Courage ... orchestrator
Alex North ... conductor
Franco Potenza ... choral music: composed and conducted by
Jerry Goldsmith ... composer: prologue (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Manlio Busoni ... voice dubbing: Adolfo Celi: Italian version (uncredited)
Emilio Cigoli ... voice dubbing: Rex Harrison: Italian version (uncredited)
Saul Cooper ... publicity director (uncredited)
Igino Cupelloni ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Vincenzo Labella ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Bruno Persa ... voice dubbing: Harry Andrews: Italian version (uncredited)
Giuseppe Rinaldi ... voice dubbing: Charlton Heston: Italian version (uncredited)
Rita Savagnone ... voice dubbing: Diane Cilento: Italian version (uncredited)
Massimo Turci ... voice dubbing: Tomas Milian: Italian version (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Pope Julius II (Sir Rex Harrison) is eager to leave behind works by which he will be remembered. To this end he cajoles Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) into painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. When not on the battlefield uniting Italy, the Pope nags Michelangelo to speed up his painful work on the frescoes. Written by Ed Stephan

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Also Known As
  • Irving Stone's The Agony and the Ecstasy (United States)
  • L'extase et l'agonie (France)
  • El tormento y el éxtasis (Spain)
  • Han skapte en verden (Norway)
  • Муки и радости (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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Runtime
  • 138 min
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Budget $10,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $17,801,880

Did You Know?

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Trivia In his 1995 autobiography "In the Arena" Charlton Heston denied that Michelangelo Buonarotti was a homosexual. He also refused permission to use scenes from "The Agony and the Ecstasy" in the 1995 documentary "The Celluloid Closet" because he told the filmmakers he had done a lot of research for his role and could assure them that Michelangelo was not gay. See more »
Goofs Giovanni de' Medici (Pope Leo X) is portrayed in this movie as an older man in this film, however he was only in his 30s when the Sistine Chapel ceiling was painted and only 37 when elected Pope. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Prologue: The Artist Who Did Not Want to Paint (1965). See more »
Quotes [repeated exchange]
Pope Julius II: When will you make an end?
Michelangelo: When I am finished!
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