The Agony and the Ecstasy Poster

Release Date: 1965

DVD Release Date: February 22nd, 2005

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 16 min

Plot Summary
During the Italian Renaissance, Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) contracts the influential artist Michelangelo (Charlton Heston) to sculpt 40 statues for his tomb. When the pope changes his mind and asks the sculptor to paint a mural in the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo doubts his painting skills and abandons the project. Divine inspiration returns Michelangelo to the mural, but his artistic vision clashes with the pope's demanding personality and threatens the success of the historic painting.

Cast: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento, Harry Andrews, Adolfo Celi, Venantino Venantini, John Stacy, Fausto Tozzi

Director: Carol Reed

Genres: Historical drama

Keywords: Passionate, Transformation, Rivalry


Nominated Art Direction (Color)
Nominated Music (Music Score - Substantially Original)
Nominated Cinematography (Color)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Costume Design (Color)
Nominated Sound
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture