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Messalina, Messalina (1977)

Messalina, Messalina! (original title)
The story of Messalina's rise to power amid her relationship with Emperor Claudius.


Bruno Corbucci


Mario Amendola (screenplay), Bruno Corbucci (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Anneka Di Lorenzo Anneka Di Lorenzo ... Messalina
Vittorio Caprioli ... Claudius
Giancarlo Prete ... Gaius Silius
Lori Wagner Lori Wagner ... Agrippina (as Lory Kay Wagner)
Raf Luca Raf Luca
Bombolo Bombolo ... Zenturio Bisone
Pino Ferrara Pino Ferrara
Sal Borgese ... Mevius
Alessandra Cardini Alessandra Cardini ... Calpurnia
Luca Sportelli Luca Sportelli
Ombretta De Carlo Ombretta De Carlo
Marco Tulli Marco Tulli ... Senofonte (as Primo Marco Tulli)
Viviana Larice Viviana Larice
Lino Toffolo ... Giulio Nelio, the Man from Venice
Tomas Milian ... Baba


The story of Messalina's rise to power amid her relationship with Emperor Claudius.

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Adventure | Comedy


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Even though this film came out two years earlier, Caligula (1979) was in fact completed first. See more »


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Um...* scratches head *
18 October 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

How in God's name do you review a film like Messalina²? Purely seen from an objective viewpoint, this has got to be one of the worst movies ever made and, if you swear by quality-cinema like Citizen Kane, this film is most likely to cause you a heart attack. But on the other hand, I don't really see a reason to bash this production entirely. It's obvious that Messalina doesn't aim for being a masterpiece, as it was made by a bunch of nutballs disposing over some leftover sets and scenery of a previously made film about the Roman Empire. This film actually is a spoof ahead of its time. The jokes and unsubtle references aren't very funny, but it all becomes hilarious because of its cheapness. The characters are extremely stupid and the humor is pure slapstick (some of the fart jokes here even outshine the Zucker bros. films). The inferior plot merely handles about the infamous Empress Messalina. While her husband Claudius does whatever he can to make the people of Rome like him, she screws around with every male that comes in her sight. There absolutely is no continuity in this film and the acting is painfully bad. Yet, it is the light-headed and goofy atmosphere (along with the sleazy acts of Di Lorenzi) that prevents you from turning it off. There's a massacre-sequence near the end that has to be seen to be believed. If you're in to eccentric exploitation adventures, this is your thing. All the rest: avoid!

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Release Date:

11 August 1977 (Italy) See more »

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Caligula: Sins of Rome See more »

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Medusa Distribuzione See more »
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