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Fire Over Rome (1965)

L'incendio di Roma (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 20 March 1965 (Italy)
After successfully campaigning in Gaul for seven years, Consul Marcus Valerius arrived back in Rome with his legion. He and his men were looking forward to celebrating their return with ... See full summary »


Guido Malatesta


Guido Malatesta, Giorgio Marzelli (story)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Lang Jeffries ... Marcus Valerius
Cristina Gaioni ... Giulia
Moira Orfei ... Poppaea
Mario Feliciani ... Seneca
Luciano Marin Luciano Marin ... Fulvius
Evi Maltagliati Evi Maltagliati ... Livia Augusta, Marcus's Mother
Franco Fantasia Franco Fantasia ... Clodius
Massimo Carocci Massimo Carocci ... Young Christian
Vladimir Medar Vladimir Medar ... Nero
Vladimir Bacic Vladimir Bacic
Anita Todesco Anita Todesco
Domenico Maggio Domenico Maggio ... (as Mimmo Maggio)
Franco Daddi Franco Daddi
Riccardo Pizzuti
Demeter Bitenc Demeter Bitenc ... Menecrate


After successfully campaigning in Gaul for seven years, Consul Marcus Valerius arrived back in Rome with his legion. He and his men were looking forward to celebrating their return with families and friends. The fearless warrior expected his Emperor to be pleased with his conquests, but Nero showed little interest. Other priorities were far more important. Nero ordered Marcus to assist Menecrate, the hated leader of the Praetorian Guards, in cleansing the city of its Christian presence but he refused and resigned as consul in protest. He was immediately sentenced to death and his legion disbanded. Marcus Valerius is a valiant soldier and the killing of innocent people goes against all his principals. The former hero now becomes the hunted. Written by bcarruthers-76500

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christian | ancient rome | See All (2) »




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Italy | Yugoslavia



Release Date:

20 March 1965 (Italy) See more »

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GMC, Jadran Film See more »
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2.35 : 1
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The Christians in Rome were persecuted by Nero after rather than before the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD because he blamed the widespread devastation it caused on them. See more »


Nero: There's only one god on this earth. One single god that all men must adore. All! And that god is Nero!
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Edited into Poppea's Hot Nights (1969) See more »

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Effective, glossy-looking spectacle reveals its budget constraints in failed special effects.
2 October 2003 | by ccmiller1492See all my reviews

Lang Jeffries looks good in this ambitious tale of a Roman Centurion returning to the Eternal City only to find himself at odds with his mad emperor Nero's persecution of the Christians. To his horror, Marcus eventually learns that both his mother and his fiancee are numbered among those Christians destined to become Nero's human torches and resulting in Fire Over Rome. This glossy spectacle looks good and is well acted until it reveals its budget constraints with laughable burning models supposed to represent Rome burning. (Stock footage from the same sequence in "Quo Vadis? would have answered better) If the viewer overlooks this flaw the film is otherwise admirable.

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