The Fall of the Roman Empire
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)

Though Fall of the Roman Empire is now infamous as the epic which destroyed the cinematic "empire" of producer Samuel Bronston, the film is actually an above-average historical drama, attempting to make sense of the political… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1964
DVD Release Date: February 28, 2001
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

Commodus, played here by the flamboyant Christopher Plummer, forsakes the Pax Romana and turns Rome into an empire of camp.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... surely the most magnificent period piece of its era.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An above average epic.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Spectacular crowd scenes, costumes and snow-filled landscapes mix with intelligent, powerful pro-peace and Civil Rights commentary.

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Put bluntly, the difference between El Cid and Fall is the difference between faith in a concept of heroism that can transcend even death.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

While The Fall of the Roman Empire is even more technically assured than El Cid, it's less interesting narrative-wise.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

From back in the day when epic meant upwards of 10,000 extras, gargantuan sets, and 122-piece other words, CGI is for wimps.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Overlong, plodding spectacle. Good and great actors alike trapped in this ponderous bore.
Cameron Johnson
Boy, back in the '60s, they sure loved to make epics about the Roman Empire, and really long ones at that, so you better believe that they were going to… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Remade as an action film called "Gladiator". This one was a historical epic piece of cinema, with slightly cheesy production values.
Sean Gillespie
It takes 90 minutes to tell the same story that Gladiator told in the first 15 minutes. However, It is really cool to see Alec Guinness.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Throughout history, there have been focal points where events easily could have gone different ways. One such is in 180 A.D., depicted in… More
Barry Lappin
Beautiful classic and Loren is and always will be a stunner.

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