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Herod the Great (1959)

Edmund Purdom , Sandra Milo , Viktor Tourjansky  |  DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Edmund Purdom, Sandra Milo, Elena Zareschi, Alberto Lupo, Sylvia Lopez
  • Directors: Viktor Tourjansky
  • Writers: Viktor Tourjansky, Damiano Damiani, Federico Zardi, Fernando Cerchio, Tullio Pinelli
  • Producers: Giampaolo Bigazzi, Piero Ghione
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W90MJI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #728,014 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Herod the Great (1959)" on IMDb

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Herod, who is the King of Judea is driven crazy by endless invaders and his wife' infidelity.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue in Judea September 7, 2009
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These relatively inexpensive DVDs are usually dubbed from unrestored films. Budget brand labels (such as ALPHA or UNITED AMERICAN) offer no "bonus" features beyond rudimentary chapter access.

HEROD THE GREAT is one of many now-public domain Roman-era costumers. English speakers used for this American edition are typically mediocre. Also, few efforts were made to match translations to on-screen mouth movements. As was common in 1950s-60s Euro-historo-epics, actresses look as if their makeup was applied with a trowel. There's an abundance of bright orangey-red hair in this cast (including among the men). Were there actually fiery-haired Romans?

SYNOPSIS--
Before King Herod of Judea is arrested, he makes his friend Aaron vow to kill Queen Miriam if he (Herod) should die. A lying informant tells Aaron that the king has been executed by the Romans, but Aaron is unable to slay Miriam, as promised. When Herod is ultimately freed and returns home, his son wrongly convinces him that Aaron is a traitor who's taken Miriam as his lover.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 imdb viewer poll rating.

(4.6) Herod the Great (Italy/France-1959) - Edmund Purdom/Sylvia Lopez/Massimo Girotti/Sandra Milo/Elena Zareschi/Ettore Manni
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2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time. June 19, 2014
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Even for a "spaghetti" production, it is second rate. Sets are amateurish, scenery fake, the action contrived and the actors emote. ad nauseum.
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I've always enjoyed Edmond Purdom's acting and the films he's been in, but regretfully, this Hollywood 'style' fictionalized account of Herod the Great has acting that is to 'cardboard' for my liking (including Purdoms!), and the picture quality on this instant video offering is simply dreadful. Even if not historically accurate, I always hope for 'some' entertainment value - but I guess you can't have a hit on every take.

Enter at your own risk :o)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Obviously fiction November 19, 2013
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Interesting. Not factual but I liked seeing what the time and place were like. Costumes, backdrops, props all interesting. Great fiction movie...
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