This moving, religious portrait follows the career and religious awakening of drunken and dissolute Roman tribune Marcellus (Burton), after he wins the robe of the just-crucified Christ in a dice game. Mature plays Burton's slave surprisingly well, and reprised the role in the sequel, "Demetrius and the Gladiators"; Burton is wooden. "The Robe" was the first movie to be filmed in CinemaScope. Based on the novel by Lloyd C. Douglas.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 133 minutes.
Oscars 1953: Art Dir./Set Dec., Color, Costume Des. (C); Golden Globes 1954: Film--Drama; Natl. Bd. of Review 1953: Actress (Simmons).
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