The Robe

Synopsis: Marcellus is a tribune in the time of Christ. He is in charge of the group that is assigned to crucify Jesus. Drunk, he wins Jesus' homespun robe after the crucifixion. He is tormented by nightmares and delusions after the event. 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.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Henry Koster
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.8
Rotten Tomatoes:
33%
UNRATED
Year:
1953
135 min
19 Views

Rome, master of the earth,

in the 18th year of the emperor Tiberius.

Our legions stand guard

on the boundaries of civilisation

from the foggy coasts of the northern seas

to the ancient rivers of Babylon,

the finest fighting machines in history.

The people of 30 lands send us tribute:

their gold and silk, ivory and frankincense,

and their proudest sons to be our slaves.

We have reached the point where there

are more slaves in Rome than citizens.

Some say we are only looters

of what others have created,

that we create nothing ourselves.

But we have made gods,

fine gods and goddesses,

who make love

and war.

Huntresses

and drunkards.

But the power lies not in their hands

of marble, but in ours of flesh.

We, the nobles of Rome, are free

to live only for our own pleasure.

Could any god offer us more?

Today we traffic in human souls.

The slave market is crowded because the

emperor's heir and regent, young Caligula,

is coming to buy gladiators.

He probably will not be pleased to see me.

Look here, look here. A singer, a dancer,

a companion for a noble lady,

or a noble gentleman.

Stop, gentlemen.

A priceless gem for your household.

Look here, look here. A singer, a dancer,

a companion for a noble lady

or a noble gentleman.

A physician from Egypt.

Question him if you like.

Stop and look. Stop and look.

A jewel, a jewel from the East.

You've heard of the beauty

of the Circassians. Look.

A beauty from Circassia. Stop and look.

Buy young and train them yourself.

Children grow into men and women.

These Goths grow strong.

Buy young. Buy young

and train them yourself.

Too old? Why, he's still got

ten or fifteen years left in him.

He costs no more than an ox,

and cheaper to feed.

A pair to touch the heart of any buyer.

A mother and child from Syria.

Buy them together. Buy them separately.

Smile. What's the matter with you?

Tribune. You came. I have them. Wait.

Girls. Girls.

Look. Two identical rubies. They're perfect.

And this one is a hairdresser.

She's an expert. Look at her hands.

- Very nice. Aren't they nice, Livia?

- Let go of me.

- I apologise for last night...

- Anything you say will be a lie.

Slave loose! Slave loose!

Thank you, Tribune.

A tribune. So today in Rome a tribune

does the vile work of a slave master.

Fool. Will you never learn? This is

Senator Gallio's son you're speaking to.

- Down on your...

- What's this? Tried it again?

Give me his slate. "Highborn, educated,

qualified for household steward. "

Sell him for lion bait. Put him up

as a gladiator. Never mind the price.

But, Cleander, Caligula's

buying gladiators today.

- What of it?

- He'll get this Greek for nothing.

- He's worth 1,000 pieces of gold.

- He's worth his weight in dog's meat.

- Please.

- A gladiator. You heard me.

You animal. Animal!

Did you hear what he said? Lion bait.

- I'm sorry. What were you saying?

- There's nothing more to say.

After last night you'll never hear

another word out of me.

In front of my friends, too. I know you

were drunk as a pig, but that's no excuse.

Do you realise you've made me

the laughing stock of Rome, Marcellus?

Marcellus Gallio.

Don't think I won't talk about this.

- I intend to.

- Yes.

It's good to see you, Marcellus.

It's good to see you again.

Then you do remember me.

Yes, of course. Let me see now, it was the...

And your promise.

Have you forgotten that too?

What promise?

To marry me.

Was I drunk?

That's not very flattering, Marcellus.

If you'd tell me when I was supposed

to have said this - the circumstances.

I remember them perfectly.

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