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Herod the Great (1959)

Erode il grande (original title)
Herod, King of Judea, is made a prisoner by the Romans. Convinced the King is dead, his faithful lieutenant, Aaron, is nevertheless unable to keep his promise to kill the Queen if something untoward happened to the King. He leads the young woman out into the desert. Herod's pleas to Augustus are successful and he returns to his palace. His son, Antipater, informs Herod that Aaron has betrayed him.

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Viktor Tourjansky (as Arnaldo Genoino)

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Damiano Damiani (story), Tullio Pinelli (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edmund Purdom ... Erode / Herodes
Sylvia Lopez ... Mariam / Miriam
Massimo Girotti ... Ottaviano / Augustus
Sandra Milo ... Sarah
Elena Zareschi Elena Zareschi ... Alexandra
Alberto Lupo Alberto Lupo ... Aronne / Aaron
Corrado Pani ... Antipatro / Herodes Antipas
Renato Baldini ... Claudio
Camillo Pilotto ... High Priest
Carlo D'Angelo Carlo D'Angelo ... Man who saw the Messiah's birth
Enrico Glori Enrico Glori ... Taret
Adolfo Geri Adolfo Geri
Fedele Gentile Fedele Gentile ... Oreb
Enzo Fiermonte
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... (as Fiodor Schaliapin)
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Herod, King of Judea, is made a prisoner by the Romans. Convinced the King is dead, his faithful lieutenant, Aaron, is nevertheless unable to keep his promise to kill the Queen if something untoward happened to the King. He leads the young woman out into the desert. Herod's pleas to Augustus are successful and he returns to his palace. His son, Antipater, informs Herod that Aaron has betrayed him. Written by Aline

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All the passion and power in the pagan court of history's mad and lustful king! See more »


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

5 December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Herod the Great See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Italian censorship visa # 28396 delivered on 30-12-1958. See more »

Quotes

Herod: Aaron, I can let you die quickly, or I can keep you alive so that you will curse the woman who brought you into this world.
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Decent Version of the Story of Herod
22 January 2017 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

The biblical story of the Herod, King of Judea. Herod is captured by the Pagan Romans and held prisoner. Herod's lieutenant, Aaron, believes that he is dead. Aaron had orders from Herod to kill the Queen when he dies, but Aaron could not do it and brought her into the desert to hid her. Herod pleas to Augustus enough that Herod was able to go back to his palace. When Herod arrives, he is told by his son, Antipater, that Aaron has betrayed him and the Queen is still alive. Now Herod must find his wife and face her pursuers.

It's an alright film. One of the better movies in the Warriors 50-pack by Mill Creek. Herod was a person that really lived and there is plenty of proof of that. So in it's way, the film is a History and Biographical film as well as being a Bible Story.

I will say it again, I do not rate these types of films based on how accurate to history they are or how true they are or not. I base my ratings on how well entertained I was by the film.

4.5/10


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