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Quo Vadis (1951)

Passed  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  25 December 1951 (USA)
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A fierce Roman general becomes infatuated with a beautiful Christian hostage and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emporer Nero.

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Returning to Rome after 3 years in the field, General Marcus Vinicius meets Lygia and falls in love with her. She is a Christian and doesn't want to have anything to do with a warrior. Though she grew up Roman, the adopted daughter of a retired general, Lygia is technically a hostage of Rome. Marcus gets Emperor Nero to give her to him for services rendered Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Three Years in the Making! Thousands in the Cast! Filmed in Rome! See more »


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25 December 1951 (USA)  »

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$7,623,000 (estimated)
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The film does not cover the death of Paul, although he is acknowledged to have been martyred in 67 A.D. It is unclear if he died the same day as Peter and there is disagreement whether he was beheaded or crucified. Unlike Peter, Paul was a Roman citizen and by law no citizen could be crucified. See more »

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In a conversation between Marcus and Petronius, side shots show Petronius' arms in his lap, whereas front shots show him holding a goblet at chest level. See more »

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Emperor Nero: [During the burning of Rome] What does the mob want?
Petronius: Justice.
Emperor Nero: A mob doesn't want justice - they want revenge!
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Lives up to your expectations...Leo Genn and Peter Ustinov steal the acting honors...
11 May 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Ancient Rome never looked so good--especially in the gorgeous MGM technicolor of 1951. Costumes, sets, photography and music are all of a high order--and all of the performances are competent with two outstanding ones by Leo Genn (Petronius) and Peter Ustinov (Nero). Ustinov reminds me of an overbaked Charles Laughton in some of his mad scenes, but he is a convincing weakling as Nero. Leo Genn has some of the wittiest dialogue and handles his lines with professional ease, his eyes flashing with humor as he pretends to agree with Nero on certain points. Robert Taylor is stalwart in the lead giving his usual dependable performance and Deborah Kerr is lovely (if a bit British in manner) as Lygia.

All the action and excitement you want from a spectacle--the burning of Rome, Christians in the arena thrown to the lions, the triumphal marches accompanied by Miklos Rozsa's mighty score--and scenes with sentimental and religious overtones (sometimes too extended and talky) --all combine to make the kind of lush spectacle MGM knew would be popular at the box-office. Although discriminating critics found fault with certain factors, it won eight Academy Award nominations with Ustinov and Genn both nominated for supporting roles.

Grand scale spectacle--but don't expect anything deep.


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