Film / The Robe

What happened to the Roman soldier who won Christ's robe at the Crucifixion?

That is the origin of the plot of the 1942 book by Lloyd C. Douglas and the 1953 movie based on it that starred Richard Burton, Victor Mature, Jean Simmons, Michael Rennie, and Jay Robinson. Our Villain Protagonist Marcellus Gallio (Burton) is the soldier who crucified Jesus and won The Robe.

Marcellus is driven mad from the touch of the robe of Christ, which is then taken away from him by his servant Demetrius (Mature) who has converted to Christianity. Marcellus soon embarks on a quest to recover The Robe and destroy it, believing this will restore his sanity.

The movie has the following tropes:

  • Bible Times
  • The Caligula: the man himself (played by Jay Robinson).
  • Epic Movie
  • Heel–Faith Turn: Marcellus
  • Wide Screen Shot: the first movie released using CinemaScope. Because of this, it's one of the few movies to feature two distinct cuts: one in widescreen, and the other in traditional Academy ratio, complete with scenes reblocked and formatted to suit the narrower viewing method.