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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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29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Caligula 2: The Untold Story (1982)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Another notorious film from director Joe D'Amato, this one a cheap rip off of Caligula, although this one is actually a lot better. I watched the uncut, hardcore 125-minute version and this here featured over thirty minutes worth of additional scenes that aren't in the R-rated American cut. All of these scenes are dialogue driven stuff but this here actually slows the film down a lot. There's also a 20+ minute Roman orgy, which is where this film gets its notorious label. Everything from midgets to horses is on display here but this too slows down the action. The cast, including D'Amato regular Laura Gemser, is pretty good as are the sets and costume design. I doubt I'll bother tracking down any of the alternate versions but my guess is that they'd be a bit more entertaining than this longer cut.

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Release Date:

15 December 1982 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Emperor Caligula: The Garden of Taboo See more »

Filming Locations:

Anzio, Italy See more »

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