Kim Morgan
November 05, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Quo Vadis

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
174 minutes
performer
Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov
director
Mervyn LeRoy
author
S.N. Behrman, Sonya Levien, John Lee Mahin
genre
Romance, Drama

We gave it an B+

Kick-starting an era of swords, sandals, and scantily clad slave girls, Mervyn LeRoy’s gorgeously gaudy Quo Vadis details Rome under Nero (Ustinov) as he persecutes Christians and burns his city. Robert Taylor and Deborah Kerr round out a cast of, literally, thousands (30,000!) in an epic that, according to exhaustive EXTRAS (like critic F.X. Feeney’s commentary), was almost directed by John Huston. Forget Gladiator; this is the quintessential historical spectacle. B+

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