Quo Vadis

1951

Mervyn LeRoy
Director

Tale of ancient Rome during the reign of Nero, in which a Roman military commander falls in love with a devout Christian, resulting in all sorts of complications.

Well-meaning but strident and bloated religious epic in which all the Romans are insufferably awful, and all the Christians are insufferably pious. Taylor is badly miscast; his romantic dialogue is cringeworthy, to say the least, while Kerr is syrupy and insipid. They may ostensibly be the stars, but the film belongs to Ustinov as the petulant brat of an emperor, Genn as his silvetongued syncophantic courtier, and Laffan's slinky Poppaea, who are really the only reason to watch other than the Technicolor spectacle. When the Romans are the best thing about a epic set in the early days of Christianity. . .

-Dave W.



25th December 1951
Cinema



171 mins
1.37:1


25th January 1952
Cinema



166 mins
1.37:1


11th November 2008
DVD



171 mins
1.37:1


17th March 2009
Blu-Ray


171 mins
1.37:1



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Robert Taylor
Marcus Vinicius
Deborah Kerr
Lygia
Leo Genn
Gaius Petronius
Peter Ustinov
Nero
Patricia Laffan
Poppaea
Finlay Currie
Peter
Abraham Sofaer
Paul
Marina Berti
Eunice
Buddy Baer
Ursus
Felix Aylmer
Aulus Plautius
Nora Swinburne
Pomponia
Ralph Truman
Tigellinus
Norman Wooland
Fabius Nerva
Peter Miles
Nazarius
Geoffrey Dunn
Terpnos
Nicholas Hannen
Seneca
D.A. Clarke-Smith
Phaon (as D.A. Clarke - Smith)
Rosalie Crutchley
Acte
John Ruddock
Chilo
Arthur Walge
Croton
Elspeth March
Miriam
Strelsa Brown
Rufia
Alfredo Varelli
Lucan
Roberto Ottaviano
Flavius
William Tubbs
Anaxander
Pietro Tordi
Galba
Robin Hughes
Christ
Alfred Baillou
Christian Prisoner in Arena
Leslie Bradley
Hasta - 2nd Praetorian
Alfred Brown
Undetermined Role
Adrienne Corri
Young Christian Girl
Franco Fantasia
Undetermined Role
Al Ferguson
Apostle
Enzo Fiermonte
Mounted Captain
Dino Galvani
Senator
Richard Garrick
Slave
Jack George
Fisherman
Philip Kieffer
Apostle
Sophia Loren
Extra
Michael Mark
Fisherman
Clelia Matania
Parmenida
Richard McNamara
Legionnaire
Harriet Medin
Undetermined Role
Dario Michaelis
Lydia Guard
John Myhers
Guard
Louis Payne
Apostle
Walter Pidgeon
Narrator (voice)
Alfredo Rizzo
Hairdresser
Bud Spencer
Imperial Guard
Elizabeth Taylor
Christian Prisoner in Arena
Harry J. Vejar
Fisherman