Quo Vadis

  • PG
  • Mervyn LeRoy (1951)
  • US
  • 167 min
Quo Vadis
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Long and bloated, this shows both the best and worst of depicting religious fervour in the Hollywood epic style. Alongside too-lengthy scenes of po-faced piety involving pallid hero Robert Taylor and wan Deborah Kerr, there is Peter Ustinov revelling in his role as the Emperor Nero. He pouts, simpers and fiddles while Rome burns, ad-libs to perfection and sends Christians to the lions in some spectacular arena scenes. Superbly cast against him is Leo Genn as Petronius, arbiter of fashion, whose speech before he opens his veins ("Do not mutilate the arts") is a veiled attack on the communist witch-hunts and a hint of what might have been had John Huston directed the picture instead of Mervyn LeRoy. The fire of Rome, by the way, was farmed out to a second unit headed by director Anthony Mann.

Plot Summary

Historical epic starring Deborah Kerr, Robert Taylor and Peter Ustinov. Under the sadistic Emperor Nero, Christianity is outlawed and the beautiful daughter of a Roman general is forced to choose between her religion and her Roman lover.

Cast and crew

Cast

Lygia
Deborah Kerr
Marcus Vinicius
Robert Taylor (1)
Nero
Peter Ustinov
Petronius
Leo Genn
Poppaea
Patricia Laffan
Peter
Finlay Currie
Paul
Abraham Sofaer
Eunice
Marina Berti
Ursus
Buddy Baer
Plautius
Felix Aylmer
Tigellinus
Ralph Truman
Nerva
Norman Wooland
Acte
Rosalie Crutchley
Christian prisoner
Elizabeth Taylor
Lygia's slave
Sophia Loren
Narrator
Walter Pidgeon

Crew

Director
Mervyn LeRoy

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Guidance: 
Some violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama

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