Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis

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Director: Mervyn LeRoy

Cast: Mervyn LeRoy, Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn

     
 

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Originally advertised as "Colossal Quo Vadis," this opulent MGM production is far and away the most elaborate of the many versions of Henryk Sienkiewicz's novel. The plot, as always, concerns the romance between a beautiful early Christian woman (Deborah Kerr) and the initially agnostic Roman soldier Marcus Vinicius (Robert Taylor). ThisSee more details below

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Originally advertised as "Colossal Quo Vadis," this opulent MGM production is far and away the most elaborate of the many versions of Henryk Sienkiewicz's novel. The plot, as always, concerns the romance between a beautiful early Christian woman (Deborah Kerr) and the initially agnostic Roman soldier Marcus Vinicius (Robert Taylor). This love story is laid against the larger intrigues of the debauched emperor Nero (Peter Ustinov), who hopes to gain immortality by destroying Rome with a fire and remaking it in his own image. Part of Nero's master plan is the elimination of the Christian "threat," leading to the climactic lion picnics in the arena. In spite of the many more celebrated highlights (the burning of Rome, the rescue of Lygia [Deborah Kerr] from a rampaging bull, the upside-down crucifixion of Simon Peter), the scene that remains most vivid in the memory is the posthumous "final insult" delivered to Nero by his contemptuous former aide Petronius (Leo Genn). Sophia Loren can be briefly spotted as an extra during one of the crowd scenes.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Many critics found this MGM spectacular bloated and tedious; others found the magnificent sets and costumes, and the production's fantastic scale, a lustrous example of the Hollywood historical epic. The story, based on a classic novel by Henryk Siekiewicz, concerns the Roman emperor Nero and his persecution of early Christians. It centers on a love affair between a Roman commander (Robert Taylor) and a young Christian woman (Deborah Kerr). Peter Ustinov plays Nero with a thunderous, depraved, over-the-top bravado. The film contains scenes of horrible brutality and is never subtle. Quo Vadis? received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Ustinov, but won none. This is one of several films based on the novel, including silent epics in 1913 and 1925 and an update in 1985.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2008
UPC:
4897007031726
Original Release:
1951
Rating:
NR
Source:
Castaway Pictures
Region Code:
0
Time:
2:51:00
Sales rank:
62,872

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Taylor Marcus Vinicius
Deborah Kerr Lygia
Leo Genn Petronius
Peter Ustinov Nero
Patricia Laffan Poppaea
Finlay Currie Peter
Abraham Sofaer Paul
Marina Berti Eunice
Buddy Baer Ursus
Felix Aylmer Plautius
Nora Swinburne Pomponia
Ralph Truman Tigellinus
Norman Wooland Nerva
Peter Miles Nazarius
Geoffrey Dunn Terpnos
D.A. Clarke-Smith Phaon
Rosalie Crutchley Acte
John Ruddock Chilo
Arthur Walge Croton
Elspeth March Miriam
Strelsa Brown Rufia
Alfredo Varelli Lucan
William Tubbs Anaxander
Pietro Tordi Galba
Nicholas Hannen Seneca
Adrienne Corri Actor
Sophia Loren Girl applauding in Vinicius' court
Walter Pidgeon Narrator
Richard Miles Actor

Technical Credits
Mervyn LeRoy Director
S.N. Behrmann Screenwriter
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Hugh Gray Consultant/advisor
William Horning Production Designer
Tom Howard Special Effects
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration/Design
Donald Jahraus Special Effects
Sonya Levien Screenwriter
John Lee Mahin Screenwriter
Herschel McCoy Costumes/Costume Designer
William McCoy Art Director
Auriel Millos Choreography
Marta Obolensky Choreography
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
William Skall Cinematographer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Ralph F. Winners Editor
Ralph Winters Editor
Sam Zimbalist Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Qvo Vadis
1. Emperor Nero the Monster [26:18]
2. The Triumphant March [28:45]
3. Choice Between Faith and Love [28:03]
Disc #2 -- Qvo Vadis
1. Rome Is on Fire [29:37]
2. To Die As Martyrs [28:14]
3. Rome Is Yours Again [26:06]

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