Marcellus is a tribune in the time of Christ. He is in charge of the group that is assigned to crucify Jesus. Drunk, he wins Jesus' homespun robe after the crucifixion. He is tormented by nightmares and delusions after the event. Hoping to find a way to live with what he has done, and still not believing in Jesus, he returns to Palestine to try and learn what he can of the man he killed.Written by
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In 1997 the opening credits were altered to give top writing credit to Albert Maltz. Maltz had written the initial screenplay when the project was at R.K.O. Maltz's credit did not appear on prior prints because he was one of the "Hollywood Ten" who was blacklisted. See more »
Maybe this was acceptable 50 years ago, but films like this are just too long and too boring for people today. I have nothing against movies over two hours, but this just doesn't have enough life to it, I'm afraid, to attract modern audiences.
I certainly have no objections to the story. It's nice to see a pro-Jesus movie, something almost extinct since the 1960s. Yes, here is a film that unabashedly treats Him with reverence.
Richard Burton plays "Marcellus Gallio," a Roman tribune who takes part in the crucification and then becomes transformed into a Christian. He is won over by the impresses witness of his slave, "Demetrius" (Victor Mature) and other Christians who amaze Burton with their unselfishness and forgiveness. Christ's robe, too, has a profound effect on "Marcellus."
Michael Rennie was well-cast as Peter. I wouldn't be the least surprised if the real-life apostle had that chiseled face that Rennie exhibited. Too bad his role was so short in here. The actor who played the villainous "Calgula, " Jay Robinson, was very good in that his incredibly annoying voice alone made you despise the man!
Even for Believers such as me, this film dragged in too many spots and is not a film I'd watch numerous times. I'm sorry, but I have to be honest.
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