The Fall of the Roman Empire Poster

Release Date: 1964

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 33 min

Plot Summary
Toward the end of his reign, Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Alec Guinness) intends to hand over his throne to the steadfast soldier Livius (Stephen Boyd). Before he can enact his intentions, a loyalist to Commodus (Christopher Plummer), the de facto heir, poisons Aurelius. Commodus becomes an ineffectual leader, corrupt and pompous -- and although Livius concedes to Commodus' rule, he cannot stand by when Commodus threatens to kill Aurelius' daughter, Lucilla (Sophia Loren).

Cast: Sophia Loren, Alec Guinness, Stephen Boyd, James Mason, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Quayle, John Ireland, Mel Ferrer

Director: Anthony Mann

Genres: Historical drama

Keywords: Love, Tense, Brooding, Soldier, Fall, Rivalry, Daughter

Awards

Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Music (Music Score - Substantially Original)