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The Robe (1953)

Unrated | | Drama, History | 4 December 1953 (France)
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In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards.

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Henry Koster

Writers:

Philip Dunne (screenplay), Gina Kaus (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Burton ... Marcellus Gallio
Jean Simmons ... Diana
Victor Mature ... Demetrius
Michael Rennie ... Peter
Jay Robinson ... Caligula
Dean Jagger ... Justus
Torin Thatcher ... Sen. Gallio
Richard Boone ... Pontius Pilate
Betta St. John ... Miriam
Jeff Morrow ... Paulus
Ernest Thesiger ... Emperor Tiberius
Dawn Addams ... Junia
Leon Askin ... Abidor
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Storyline

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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Drama | History

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1953 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Gewand See more »

Filming Locations:

La Pedriza, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$36,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,000,000
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ernst Toch's Hallelujah chorus, employed by Alfred Newman in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) for the scene where Quasimodo rescues Esmeralda from being burned at the stake, was used by Alfred Newman once again in this film, when Marcellus Gallio and his band of Christians rescue Demetrius from the Emperor Caligula's Praetorian prison. See more »

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In the opening scene in the Roman Forum there is a statue of the Roman poet, Antinuous, who was not born until 80 years or so after Christ's death. See more »

Quotes

Jesus Christ: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

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Great Message, But It Drags
14 November 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

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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