Quo Vadis? Poster

Release Date: 1951

DVD Release Date: February 12th, 2008

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 51 min

Plot Summary
Returning from a military campaign abroad, General Marcus Vinicius (Robert Taylor) discovers that a new religion has taken hold in Rome: Christianity. When Vinicius encounters Lygia (Deborah Kerr), a follower of the strange religion, he quickly becomes smitten and tries to win her affections. Lygia is reluctant due to their differing beliefs. Complicating matters is the crazed Emperor Nero (Peter Ustinov), who blames the Christians for his own burning of Rome, beginning a wave of persecution.

Cast: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Peter Ustinov, Leo Genn, Patricia Laffan, Finlay Currie, Abraham Sofaer, Marina Berti

Director: Mervyn LeRoy

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Metro Goldwyn Mayer

Keywords: Intense, Prison, Love, Gripping, Rescue, Wife, Revenge, Passionate

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The film should also wow fans of Herbert Wise's "I, Claudius" and Franco Zeffirelli's "Jesus of Nazareth" alike. show more

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

  • 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 of Nero's Rome in the classic De Mille tradition. show more

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