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"What would you have done if you had been given absolute power of life and death over everybody else in the whole world?"
  • NR
  • 1979
  • 2 hr 36 min
  • 5.3  (38,020)

Caligula is a 1979 historical drama film directed by Tinto Brass, with a screenplay written by Gore Vidal. The film is a dramatization of the life of the Roman Emperor Caligula, who ruled from 37 AD to 41 AD. The movie stars an ensemble cast that includes Malcolm McDowell as Caligula, Peter O'Toole as Tiberius, and Helen Mirren as Caesonia.

The film begins with the reign of Tiberius, who is shown to be a depraved and corrupt leader. After his death, Caligula is proclaimed emperor, and he immediately sets about to bring a new era of prosperity and reform to Rome. However, Caligula's vision of Rome is not the same as that of his advisers, and he quickly becomes tyrannical and bloodthirsty.

The film is infamous for its explicit depictions of violence, sex, and perversion. The movie features a number of scenes that are either sexually explicit or graphically violent, and it is rated as an NC-17 in the United States. Some of the more controversial scenes in the film include a scene where Caesonia is shown bathing in blood and a scene where Caligula has sex with his sister.

Despite the controversy, the film is also noted for its ambitious production design and elaborate sets. The movie features an impressive recreation of ancient Rome, and the costumes and makeup are also detailed and accurate. The film's soundtrack is also noteworthy, and it features a score by composer Bruno Nicolai.

Overall, Caligula is a challenging and divisive film that is not for the faint of heart. The movie is a difficult watch due to its graphic content, and it is not recommended for viewers who are easily offended or disturbed. However, for those who are interested in historical dramas or are intrigued by the darker side of human nature, Caligula presents a unique and unforgettable experience.

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    2 hr 36 min
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    5.3  (38,020)