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The Last Roman (1968)

Kampf um Rom I (original title)
Cethegus, leader of the Roman nobility, travels to Bizantium and its leader Justinian, in an attempt to raise an army to march on the Goths under Narses. Cethegus would like to set the two ... See full summary »

Directors:

Robert Siodmak, Andrew Marton (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

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David Ambrose (additional dialogue), Felix Dahn (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laurence Harvey ... Cethegus
Orson Welles ... Emperor Justinian
Sylva Koscina ... Empress Theodora
Harriet Andersson ... Mathaswintha
Honor Blackman ... Amalaswintha
Robert Hoffmann ... Totila
Michael Dunn ... Narses
Ingrid Boulting ... Julia (as Ingrid Brett)
Lang Jeffries ... Belisarius
Florin Piersic ... Witichis
Emanoil Petrut Emanoil Petrut ... Teja
Friedrich von Ledebur ... Hildebrand
Dieter Eppler ... Thorismund
Ewa Strömberg Ewa Strömberg ... Rauthgundis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mircea Anghelescu Mircea Anghelescu ... Aligern
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Storyline

Cethegus, leader of the Roman nobility, travels to Bizantium and its leader Justinian, in an attempt to raise an army to march on the Goths under Narses. Cethegus would like to set the two sides to war against each other, that his own forces might take control at the outcome. Written by Adalberto Fornario

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Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | West Germany | Romania

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1968 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Roman See more »

Filming Locations:

Romania See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alternate Versions

In Italy, the two parts of "Kampf um Rom" were edited in one movie entitled "La calata dei barbari". See more »

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Referenced in I rollerna tre (1996) See more »

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A great, underrated historical epic: not a gladiator movie
3 March 2006 | by mvescoviSee all my reviews

Around 500 A.D., after Rome has fallen, a Roman politician,Cethegus, played by Laurence Harvey, tries to return Rome to greatness. He plays the Goth leaders, who really ruled Italy at this time, against each other. The surviving leader attacks Rome at which point Cethegus gets military help from the Emperor Justinian (Orson Wells), while he keeps his army in reserve to take on whoever is left. Events don't quite go as he planned

This is a complex, well plotted film. It is no Ben Hur, but the characters are engaging, the political intrigue is very well developed, the acting quite good (Laurence Harvey's final scene is great) and the battle scenes truly epic. In an unusual bit a casting, Michale Dunn plays Justinian's general Narses and, in great performance,steals almost every scene he is in. This is a quite good unjustly neglected epic well worth tracking down and seeing. It was released on video tape in the late 1970's but not in wide screen which this film really needs, and Honour Blackman's topless scene was, alas,cropped to just a closeup from the neck up.


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