Greatest Movies Through 1960

Best Movies Compiled From Many Sources

The Robe (1953)

Posted by Technoheaven on January 1, 1953

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135 min – view video trailer

Director: Henry Koster
Starring: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature

Genres: Drama

IMDB 6.7 / Amazon 4.0 / MRQE 59% / Decent Films B-

Oscars: nominated for 5, won 2 (Beset Art, Costume)

Ranked #98 Greatest Movies Through 1960

Marcellus is in charge of the group that is assigned to crucify Jesus. Drunk, he wins Jesus’ homespun robe after the crucifixion. Hoping to find a way to live with what he has done, and still not believing in Jesus, he returns to Palestine to try and learn what he can of the man he killed. IMDB 6.7 rating from over 3,684 users

The visual aspects of the film are stunning, and it may be worth viewing for that alone; however, the script and acting leave much to be desired, and you won’t find inspiration in these areas if that’s what interests you. If, however, you are more interested in this film for its religious matter, the story of the conversion of the hardened Marcellus is inspiring. Amazon 4.0 stars from over 169 users

The Robe, directed by Henry Koster (Harvey), is no Ben-Hur. A duel, a prison break and the first-century equivalent of a car chase don’t match the spectacle of Ben-Hur’s mighty set pieces, especially the galley sequence and the chariot race. The arrogant centurion, Marcellus (Richard Burton), is charismatic but stiff and reserved in a role he admitted disliking, lacking Charlton Heston’s total commitment to the character. Decent Films B-

MRQE 59% from over 30 reviews

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