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The Robe

Posted on the 29 June 2012 by Kaiser31083 @andythemovieguy

The Robe A lewd and indifferent Roman Tribune gets on Emperor Caligula's bad side and finds himself reprimanded to the undesirable locale of Jerusalem where, under the command of Pontius Pilate, he assists in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Casting lots for His garments while the Savior still hangs on the cross, the centurion finds himself  immediately compelled to the cause, and seeks to spread the word of God despite the perils it may cause his own life. "The Robe" is a Technicolor religious epic, the first film to be made in the CinemaScope format, and one that is more notable for its acting than anything else. A young Richard Burton, in a career defining role containing many of his recognizable characteristics, is stellar. Jean Simmons is particularly appealing playing Burton's childhood sweetheart and Victor Mature is rousing as his rebellious slave. Jay Robinson has a scene stealing part as the snarling, malevolent Caligula. "The Robe" can be seen as overly pious or banal, but its story is compelling and is given weight by the strength of its indelible cast.

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