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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)


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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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Release Date:

20 March 1965 (Italy) See more »

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Fire Over Rome See more »

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GMC, Jadran Film See more »
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2.35 : 1
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The film was unreleased in the UK until 1975 when it was finally issued under the title "Revenge Of The Gladiators", and played as a supporting feature to "Land Of The Monsters" (itself a retitling of the 1962 feature "Colossus Of The Stone Age"). 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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A poor man's "quo Vadis"
2 June 2015 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This movie was given a rough ride by historians and we find little fault with their opinions: the persecutions began AFTER the great fire ;Nero needed scapegoats to calm things down among the plebs,and the Christian were ideal .Anyway ,he was not in Rome when the fire started.

The lack of means is obvious and the great fire is not impressive at all:the town which's burning looks like a model .The screenplay is incredibly poor,even for an Italian sword and sandals ;it consists of murders,tortures,orgies and stakes ,without a firm narrative line; Lang Jeffries ,later secret agent Coplan in Riccardo Freda's spy thriller (1967)),does not seem to care about the situation,even about his mom's fate,a cardboard character ;and the heroine's hairdo is horrible.

Historic figures are featured and they easily steal the show from the principals (but is there anything to steal?):the pagans ,Petronius and Seneca ,the latter showing himself to be a wise philosopher;Peter and Paul,preaching in the catacombs;Peter tells about his denial and he urges his flock to return good for evil:which is not easy to do in those troubled times.

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