Quo Vadis

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Released 1951

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Director:
Mervyn LeRoy
Released:
1951
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Quo Vadis is a 1951 Oscar-nominated film about religious tensions in ancient Rome. It is set during the reign of Emperor Nero (Peter Ustinov), the Roman Emperor most famous for failing to contain the five-day long Great Fire of Rome in AD 64. Marcus Vinicius (Robert Taylor) is a commander in the Roman army who has just returned to Rome from the battlefield. Once back in the city, he meets Lygia (Deborah Kerr), a Christian woman held hostage by retired general Aulus Plautius (Felix Aylmer), and falls in love with her. Lygia and Marcus quickly bond when she begins to teach him about the faith she has devoted her life to. Things are going well for Marcus until the Great Fire hits Rome. Nero, a long-time opponent of the Christian faith, blames the Christians for the blaze and throws the couple into the gladiator pits. Can the couple survive the arena long enough to devise an escape plan?

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  • 90

    New Times (L.A.) Gregory Weinkauf

    A grand, old-fashioned epic, this project is every bit as important as "Gladiator" or a new "Star Wars" episode.

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Bright, glossy, grandly scaled and dramatically stolid, 79-year-old writer-director Jerzy Kawalerowicz's longtime dream project mixes earnest religiosity with the depraved cruelty ...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Kawalerowicz directs with briskness and vigor but cannot keep the first half of his film from slipping into tedium.

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