Quo Vadis? (1985)

Genres - Drama, Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama, Costume Adventure, Historical Epic, Sword-and-Sandal  |   Run Time - 122 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |  
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This umpteenth film version of Henryk Sienkewicz's warhorse novel Quo Vadis? was produced for Italian Television. Francesco Quinn (son of Anthony) stars as the arrogant Roman legionnaire whose brutish, libertine outlook on life is softened by the love of early Christian girl Cristina Raines. Even allowing for the overproduced 1951 MGM version, this Quo Vadis? is a 200-minute wallow in excess. Accordingly, Klaus Maria Brandauer overplays Nero in an unbridled manner that hasn't been seen since the heyday of Bela Lugosi; at times, we shudder in fear that Brandauer's histrionics may level the papier-mache sets. Quo Vadis? debuted in the US on cable TV in 1986, where it was telecast in two parts.

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Christianity, emperor, faith, history, lion, love, persecution, religion, Roman, romance