This is still my all time favorite Stephen Boyd movie and also just favorite movie period. It’s interesting to read the reviews from both the Los Angeles Times and the Baltimore Sun below. Anthony Mann’s masterpiece never got the distinction is deserved. And although there maybe some faults in this film, overall, I believe this to be one of the most amazing movies ever made. It is also by far the best movie ever made concerning the Roman Empire, if you are a fan of ancient history like me. It is a dark, complex, and layered tapestry.