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The Emperor Caligula: The Untold Story (1982)

Caligola: La storia mai raccontata (original title)
Unrated | | Action, Adult, Drama | 15 December 1982 (Italy)
Caligula's four-year reign and descent into madness are revisited through slanderous vignettes and blunt historical facts.


Joe D'Amato (as David Hills)


George Eastman (story) (as Richard Franks), George Eastman (screenplay) (as Richard Franks) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
David Brandon ... Caligula (as David Cain Haughton)
Laura Gemser ... Miriam
Luciano Bartoli ... Messala (as Oliver Finch)
Charles Borromel ... Petreius
Fabiola Toledo ... Livia
Sasha D'Arc Sasha D'Arc ... Ulmar
Alessandro Freyberger Alessandro Freyberger ... Ezio (as Alex Freyberger)
Larry Dolgin Larry Dolgin ... Cornelius
Gabriele Tinti ... Marcellus Agrippa
John Alin John Alin ... Tullio Gallio
Ulla Luna Ulla Luna ... Clizia
Michele Soavi ... Domitius
Joan McCoy Joan McCoy
Didi Franks Didi Franks
Giorgia Williams Giorgia Williams


The deranged Roman emperor Gainus 'Caligula' (Little Boots) Caesar (12-41 A.D.) rules Rome with an iron fist and has anyone tortured and executed for even the slightest insubordination. Mostly set during the last year of his reign, as Caligula loses support due to his brutal and crazed excess, a young Moor woman, named Miriam, becomes his lover while plotting to kill him to avenge the murder of a friend which Caligula was responsible for. But Miriam is torn between her personal vendetta against Caligula and her own personal feelings towards him despite his madness and debauched lifestyle of orgies and bloody torture murders. Written by matt-282

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The most powerful man in the Empire has gone insane!


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Did You Know?


The film was shot in autumn 1981 under the working title 'Follia del potere'. See more »

Alternate Versions

While the Italian version was thought to be the most complete cut of the film available, an even longer version was released on DVD in Germany in 2004. This cut contains over 20 minutes extra footage. See more »


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Not so sleazy as I expected
3 June 2003 | by BattledragonSee all my reviews

I bought Caligula -Untold story, because I'm huge D'amato-fan, and I've seen couple of other "sequels" to Cuccione's Caligula, like Caligula and Messalina and so on. However, this one wasn't quite what I was hoping for. I had read from many different sources about this D'amato flick, and I got the picture that it would be sleazy same way as Emanuelle in America or even Porho holocaust were. I can't say I'm disappointed of lack of hard core sex scenes in the movie, but it could have been better with them. Even thought, there are many sequences that someone may consider disturbing. Still, I prefer D'amato-flicks like whole Emanuelle-series, Buio omega, Porno holocaust and Erotic nights of the living dead. Even Gemser don't bring the glory in this one (although I must say I'm huge Gemser-fan too). Still Caligula -untold story is far more enjoyable and better all ways than other Caligula sequels.

**½ out of 5 as a movie, *** out of 5 in D'amato-o-meter

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Release Date:

15 December 1982 (Italy) See more »

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Emperor Caligula: The Garden of Taboo See more »

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Anzio, Italy See more »

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