Fire Over Rome (1965)

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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 »


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2 November 2003 | django-1
| Lang Jeffries defends persecuted Christians against Nero--OK historical adventure
Perhaps because of the success of his earlier film REVOLT OF THE SLAVES, Lang Jeffries was cast again as a man fighting for the persecuted Christians against the Roman Empire in this film made two years later. While in the first film Jeffries was a slave, here he is a Roman military leader who loses his commission and is taken into custody for his defense of Christians who are tortured and persecuted by Nero and his henchmen. Jeffries is not featured particularly well in this film and he is not allowed to dub his own (very distinctive!) voice. His hairstyle also is not particularly flattering. Still, he plays the role convincingly and looks concerned, although he disappears for stretches of time throughout the film. Nero is once again depicted as an over-the-top yet effeminate dictator-clown. While he does not fiddle as Rome burns, he does pluck his lyre while Rome burns! I don't have a problem with the cheesy animation/model depiction of the fires--after all, this is a low budget film. One interesting detail is that in the indoor scenes shot on soundstages (and there are few exteriors here), the steam from the actors' mouths is visible when they talk! Some of the apostles are also worked into the plot of this film as is God, but you'll have to see it yourself to see how. Overall, this is a slightly above average "persecuted Christians" Roman empire costume drama and features an above average American star, Lang Jeffries, who is unfortunately not used that well in the film. It's probably only for the serious peplum (and by the way, Jeffries keeps his shirt on for virtually the whole film) and Italian historical-adventure fan.

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Release Date:

20 March 1965



Country of Origin

Italy, Yugoslavia

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