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Historically important as the first CinemaScope feature film, 20th Century-Fox's The Robe is fine dramatic entertainment in its own right. Based on the best-selling novel by Lloyd C. Douglas, the film stars Richard Burton as the wastrelly Roman tribune who is assigned by a weary Pontius Pilate (Richard Boone, who spends the whole of his single scene washing his hands) to supervise the crucifixion of Christ. After the Seven Last Words, the jaded Burton wins Christ's robe in a dice game. Gradually, the mystical influence of ...

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Sep 19, 2015

A Great Sword and Sandal Epic

The film The Robe (1953) is based on the book of the same title by Lloyd Douglas. The movie portrays how Roman tribune Marcellus becomes a Christian after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The movie also emphasizes the mysticism of the robe worn by Christ at the time of his trial and death. Despite the fact that the book and movie are slightly different the movie does a good job of capturing the essence, message, and themes of the book. Also, though the movie may lack the grim realism of The Passion of the Christ (2004) and the dramatic action of Ben-Hur (1959), this is a great film depicting the birth of Christianity.

Sharon F O

Jan 2, 2014

Good movie. Also get Demetrius and the Gladiators which is sequal and just as great.


Mar 19, 2009


The Robe was one of the best movies i ever added to my collection.

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