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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great blockbusters
Polish author Henryk Sienciewicz (pronounced I believe shee-en-kay-evich) published his novel Quo Vadis in 1896, and like The Last Days of Pompeii and Ben-Hur it met with instant and enduring international success (Henryk went on to win the Nobel Prize) both literary and cinematic. The story is set in ancient Rome during the reign of emperor Nero. The centurion Marcus...
Published on 24 Jan 2009 by Guy Mannering

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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful spectacle but film beginning to look a bit dated.
Quo Vadis [Blu-ray] [1951]

Unfortunately Quo Vadis was made before the introduction of Cinemascope as it is a film crying out for widescreen.

The Technicolor spectacle is superb but I find the romance between Marcus Vinivius (Robert Taylor) and Lygia (Deborah Kerr)very much of the late Victorian era when the novel was written, although Deborah Kerr...
Published on 16 Sep 2009 by Amazon Customer


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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quo Vadis, 11 Jan 2011
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This review is from: Quo Vadis [DVD] [1951] (DVD)
General Marcus Vinicius (Robert Taylor) returns to Rome a hero after his 3 year campaign. On his return he is sent to live with a retierd Roman General were he meets and falls in love with his adopted daughter Lygia (Deborah Karr), but the only problem is she is a Christian and wants nothing to do with him. Nero (Peter Ustinov) blaims the Christians for the burning of Roman and sends his Praetorian Guard to round them up so he can throw them to the lions, so Marcus sets out to save her.

This is a beautifully shot film with wonderful rich Technicolor photography. Director Mervyn Le Roy handles the huge cast brilliantly and sets up some great sequences (the best been Roman Army entering Rome and the final Area scene). Robert Taylor is good in the lead role and he gives a very belivable performance, as does Deborah Karr as a women torn between her love for Marcus and her Christian Religion. Peter Ustinov is perfectly crazy and is hilarious in his portrayal of Nero.

This is a entertaining film that kept me lock in for the entire 167 Minute running time and has to be one of the best Sword and Sandal epics of all time. If you like this, Id recommend Barabbas, The Robe and Demetrius and the Gladiators
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful spectacle but film beginning to look a bit dated., 16 Sep 2009
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This review is from: Quo Vadis [Blu-ray] [1951] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Quo Vadis [Blu-ray] [1951]

Unfortunately Quo Vadis was made before the introduction of Cinemascope as it is a film crying out for widescreen.

The Technicolor spectacle is superb but I find the romance between Marcus Vinivius (Robert Taylor) and Lygia (Deborah Kerr)very much of the late Victorian era when the novel was written, although Deborah Kerr handles very well a difficult role portraying a woman balancing love for Marcus against her religious convictions.

The real star turns are Peter Ustinov as Nero, you can really believe he is mad, and Leo Genn as Petronius a sardonic sycophant playing to Nero's lunacy, it is these two actors that make the film worth watching.

Plenty of lions and Christians in the arena but no gore.

Apart from Ustinov and Leo Genn and the superb production values Quo Vadis is beginning to look a bit dated for this viewer.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it with close eyes, 28 Oct 2008
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V. K. Manglaveras (thessaloniki, greece) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Quo Vadis [DVD] [1951] (DVD)
YES. That's the long awaited 1951 version with peter ustinov in the role of nero in two discs special editions with commentairies and extras including the quo vadis' legacy to the history cinema.
BUY IT WITH CLOSE EYES.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 26 Jan 2001
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This review is from: Quo Vadis [VHS] [1952] (VHS Tape)
This film was made in 1951. The film has been based on the principate of Emperor Nero of the Roman Empire. The film starring Robert Taylor and Deberrah Kerr is a superb adaptation of the book written. The scenery and sets are the best I have ever seen. And the acting a collosus in entertainment. All in all, this film is great!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A powerful epic, but perhaps over-long by today's standards ..., 11 Aug 2014
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A powerful epic, but perhaps over-long by today's standards. I thought the scenes in the Colosseum were especially well filmed. It wasn't what you saw, it's what you didn't - the camera cutting away to the crowds screaming for blood. Certainly a lesson for today's film-makers - you don't need to see the gore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
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great film but no time to wtch it yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quo Vadis, 17 Jun 2014
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I love this film. Very easy to watch and although Hollywood made find it gives an insight to the fears of early Christians. Can watch it over and over.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 8 April 2014
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An epic film. One of those they don't make anymore. No CGI graphics or funny creatures just actors acting. Remarkable to believe this film was made in the 1950's. Peter Ustinov as Nero needs to be seen to be believed. Fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quo Vadis, 5 Dec 2013
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I have seen very few movies of the class of Quo Vadis this movie is the mother of all religious epics,dialogue,acting production standard is something rare when compared with other religious movies,Gregory peck instead of Robert Taylor would have been a better choice as there is inherent morality and ethics on Gregory peck's face but still the movie is outstanding.
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