Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis

Robert Taylor
Director: Mervyn LeRoy Cast: Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor
, Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr
, Leo Genn
Leo Genn
Mervyn LeRoy

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Originally advertised as "Colossal Quo Vadis," this opulent MGM production is far and away the most elaborate of the many versions of Henryk Sienkiewicz's novel. The plot, as always, concerns the romance between a beautiful early Christian woman (Deborah Kerr) and the initially agnostic Roman soldier Marcus Vinicius (Robert Taylor). This love story is laid against the larger intrigues of the debauched emperor Nero (Peter Ustinov), who hopes to gain immortality by destroying Rome with a fire and remaking it in his own image. Part of Nero's master plan is the elimination of the Christian "threat," leading to the climactic lion picnics in the arena. In spite of the many more celebrated highlights (the burning of Rome, the rescue of Lygia [Deborah Kerr] from a rampaging bull, the upside-down crucifixion of Simon Peter), the scene that remains most vivid in the memory is the posthumous "final insult" delivered to Nero by his contemptuous former aide Petronius (Leo Genn). Sophia Loren can be briefly spotted as an extra during one of the crowd scenes.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2008
UPC: 0883929026623
Original Release: 1951
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Time: 2:54:00
Sales rank: 5,396

Special Features

Disc One:; Theatrical trailers; Commentary by critic/ film historian F.X. Feeney; Disc Two:; New featurette - In the Beginning: Quo Vadis and the Genesis of the Biblical Epic; Commentary by critic/film historian F.X. Feeney

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Taylor Marcus Vinicius
Deborah Kerr Lygia
Leo Genn Petronius
Peter Ustinov Nero
Patricia Laffan Poppaea
Finlay Currie Peter
Abraham Sofaer Paul
Marina Berti Eunice
Buddy Baer Ursus
Felix Aylmer Plautius
Nora Swinburne Pomponia
Ralph Truman Tigellinus
Norman Wooland Nerva
Peter Miles Nazarius
Geoffrey Dunn Terpnos
D.A. Clarke-Smith Phaon
Rosalie Crutchley Acte
John Ruddock Chilo
Arthur Walge Croton
Elspeth March Miriam
Strelsa Brown Rufia
Alfredo Varelli Lucan
William Tubbs Anaxander
Pietro Tordi Galba
Nicholas Hannen Seneca
Adrienne Corri Actor
Sophia Loren Girl applauding in Vinicius' court
Walter Pidgeon Narrator
Richard Miles Actor

Technical Credits
Mervyn LeRoy Director
S.N. Behrmann Screenwriter
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Hugh Gray Consultant/advisor
William Horning Production Designer
Tom Howard Special Effects
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration/Design
Donald Jahraus Special Effects
Sonya Levien Screenwriter
John Lee Mahin Screenwriter
Herschel McCoy Costumes/Costume Designer
William McCoy Art Director
Auriel Millos Choreography
Marta Obolensky Choreography
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
William Skall Cinematographer
Robert Surtees Cinematographer
Ralph F. Winners Editor
Ralph Winters Editor
Sam Zimbalist Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Quo Vadis
1. Overture [3:15]
2. Credits [1:20]
3. Outside Rome [3:33]
4. Audience With Nero [4:36]
5. Quiet Life [3:51]
6. Lauding Lygia [4:34]
7. Asking for Miracles [3:56]
8. Her Guardian [4:35]
9. Troubled Divinity [5:09]
10. Parade That Bears Watching [3:17]
11. Smoldering Desires [4:26]
12. Taking a Hostage [5:19]
13. Spyglassing and Song [4:12]
14. His Property [1:33]
15. Escape [3:14]
16. Eunice's Beloved [4:26]
17. They Call It Baptism [3:50]
18. Peter Gives Witness [3:16]
19. Ursus Vs. Marcus [6:37]
20. Forginess and Love [2:59]
21. Lygia's Choice [3:35]
22. Banisghed From My Sight [5:22]
23. Fresh Preoccupations [3:03]
Disc #2 -- Quo Vadis
24. Poppaea's Consolation [2:18]
25. Rome Is Burning [5:28]
26. Chariot Clash [1:56]
27. Streets of Fire [4:17]
28. Driven Too Far [3:46]
29. Enemies of Rome [6:58]
30. Asleep Too Long [2:25]
31. Farewell [1:45]
32. His Christian Friends [1:49]
33. Quo Vadis? [2:58]
34. Petronius in Transition [2:29]
35. Tender Words [5:13]
36. Into the Arena [2:39]
37. Peter and the Lions [3:49]
38. How Can They Sing? [3:15]
39. Man and Wife [2:43]
40. Crucifixions [4:15]
41. Bull by the Horns [4:31]
42. Rome Is Yours Again [6:48]
43. The End of Nero [2:04]
44. Bless Spot [5:11]
45. Cast List [2:02]
46. Exit Music [:50]

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