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Quo Vadis (1951)

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

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Returning to Rome after three years in the field, General Marcus Vinicius meets Lygia and falls in love with her, though as a Christian she wants nothing 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 but finds himself succumbing gradually to her Christian faith. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Claude Rains and Fredric March were considered for the part of Petronius. See more »

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In the movie, Petronius commits suicide in AD 64 in the wake of the burning of Rome. In fact, Petronius did not fall from favor until 2 years later, was actually arrested by Tigellinus, and killed himself before being sentenced. See more »

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Petronius: [to Nero] You will be worthy of the spectacle - as the spectacle is worthy of you.
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Most enjoyable three hours
28 April 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

In my opinion Mervyn LeRoy's fantastic version of "Quo Vadis?" is definitely one of the very finest epics about Roman empire ever filmed. Fact that it didn't won a single Oscar was a shameful disgrace. Eight years later MGM released a movie that was supposed to be bigger, longer and better than "Quo Vadis?". It was of course "Ben-Hur", motion picture that collected record-breaking amount of Academy Awards and respect. Certainly it was a bigger and longer spectacle but I still like this one even more.

I find "Quo Vadis?" just somehow more entertaining and appealing. Sir Peter Ustinov's magnificent performance is just about half of the whole film. I loved his brilliant Oscar awarded supporting role in Stanley Kubrick's "Spartacus" and I have to say that he's just as irresistible as the insane Emperor Nero. It's one of the greatest roles of his career and just another proof that he really is a true genius among actors. I have no choice but to give "Quo Vadis?" 10 out of 10 and I guess I even have to end my review with a worn-out cliché: they don't make movies like this anymore.


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