Directed by: Anthony Mann
Starring: Alec Guinness, James Mason, Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd
Genres: Drama, History
Trivia: Alec Guinness plays Marcus Aurelius, the father of Commodus (Christopher Plummer). In real life, Guinness was only 15 years older than Plummer.
Trivia: While the "auction" to choose a new emperor actually did occur, it did not happen immediately after the death of Commodus, but after the death of Pertinax, Commodus' immediate successor.
Trivia: The reconstruction of the Roman Forum at Las Matas for this film holds the record for the largest outdoor film set ever constructed. The various ancient Rome settings covered 55 acres.
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Victorinus: We're in command now Livius, the throne is yours.Senator: Gaius Mettelus Livius, the people are asking for you.Livius: You would not find me very suitable, because my first official act would be to have you all crucified.
In reality, Commodus did not die in the arena - he was strangled in his apartments in 192 A.D. by an athlete who was hired by a group of Senators conspiring against him.