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The Robe Overview:

The Robe (1953) was a Drama - Epic Film directed by Henry Koster and produced by Frank Ross.

Academy Awards 1953 --- Ceremony Number 26 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorRichard BurtonNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Lyle Wheeler, George W. Davis; Set Decoration: Walter M. Scott, Paul S. FoxWon
Best CinematographyLeon ShamroyNominated
Best Costume DesignCharles LeMaire, Emile SantiagoWon
Best PictureFrank Ross, ProducerNominated
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Habits, we all have them. Sometimes it’s watching a particular film at Christmas time. Or maybe it’s watching a certain number of films at Easter. For me I’ve watched The Ten Commandments every year since I was 12. Sometimes it was with beer and pizza, but most of the time it was ... Read full article


The Robe

By Alyson on Apr 26, 2011 From The Best Picture Project

The Robe in an epic set in ancientRomein the time of Christ.  Marcellus Gallio (Richard Burton) is a Roman military tribune who is in charge of the men crucifying Jesus.  While he and other Romans are gambling and drinking behind the cross, a red robe worn by Jesus is wagered and won by Marcellus.  ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Peter: Let me tell you of the burden I bear. Justus told the others I was steadfast. He didn't know. The night Jesus needed me most, I denied him... not once... but 3 times. I swore I never knew him. Now...
Marcellus Gallio: [stammering, pointing to himself] I... crucified him.
Peter: I know. Demetrius told me.
Marcellus Gallio: [shocked] And you can forgive me?
Peter: He forgave you from the cross. Can I do less? Now, is there anything stopping you? Can you become one of us?
Marcellus Gallio: [new strength in his voice] From this day forward, I am enlisted in His service. I offer Him my fortune, my sword, and my life. And this I pledge to you on my honor as a Roman.


Diana: Then all the tales I've heard of you are true.
Marcellus Gallio: Every man makes enemies.
Diana: All your enemies seem to be women.


Diana: No, Marcellus, they'll kill you!
Marcellus Gallio: You must have faith...
Diana: Faith in what? This new God of yours? How can he help you? He couldn't help his own son, they crucified him!


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Facts about

The movie was advertised as "the modern entertainment miracle you can see without the use of glasses" - a dig at the 3D movies that were en vogue at the time.
Acclaimed by many film historians as a triumph in the art of motion-picture music, Alfred Newman's reverent, intense, prodigious background music failed to garner an Academy Award nomination for Dramatic Score. Nonetheless, Mr. Newman did take home an Oscar statuette that awards night - for his role as musical director of the Irving Berlin-Ethel Merman frolic, Call Me Madam. To register his unhappiness with the snub, the distinguished film composer Franz Waxman, an Oscar winner for Sunset Blvd. and A Place in the Sun, resigned from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Compounding his appreciation for the Newman opus, Mr. Waxman required that his screen credit for Demetrius and the Gladiators, a "Robe" sequel, note that the Waxman score was based on the Newman score. Ironically, that year's winning Dramatic Score perhaps had been placed in the wrong category. Bronislau Kaper's charming scor
The opening shot after the title credits (and the background 'red robe' curtain parts) is actually a scene lifted from its sequel, Demetrius and the Gladiators. That's Jay Robinson as Caligula presiding over the ceremony preceding the gladiatorial games; William Marshall as Glycon in the front row of gladiators, far right; Victor Mature as Demetrius standing directly behind him, and Ernest Borgnine as Strabo who is leading the gladiatorial procession.
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