The Sign of the Cross
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Featuring a cast that included over 4,000 extras, numerous exotic animals gleaned from 12 zoos, and enormous, detailed sets, this Cecil B. DeMille religious epic chronicles the battles waged by Christians against Roman emperor Nero. Originally filmed in 124m and filled with a rich blend of spirituality and debauchery, including scenes of cannibalism, homosexuality, orgies, large scale murders, and torture, much of the first version was cut by the Hays office censors. Still it proved to be a box-office smash. A revised version with a WW II prologue was released in 1944.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Cast is uniformly good, but only one exceptional performance is registered. That's Laughton's."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The film's generous helpings of sex and violence are overwhelmed by its general air of condescension and phony piety."
‑ Bryant Frazer, Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
"Not for people with scruples."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It wasn't great when it was first released and it's definitely not improved since."
‑ , Film4
"The Caligula of its day."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
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