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Director: Carol Reed     Starring: Rex Harrison Charlton Heston
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40701214
UPC: 024543148333
UPC 14: 00024543148333
Rating: NR
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The gripping story of Michelangelo's pain and triumph.
The biographical story of michelangelo's troubles while painting the sistine chapel at the urging of pope julius II.

"Charlton Heston and Rex Harrison provide worthy performances...  Find-A-Video

Editor's Note
Adapted from Irving Stone's fanciful biography of Michelangelo and starring Charlton Heston as the artist, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY focuses on the five years that the artist spent creating the Sistine ceiling and his tumultuous relationship with Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison). The pope is a vain and ambitious sort who has commissioned the painting of the chapel with the intention of having his name preserved for posterity. To this end, he tries to bully and threaten the volatile painter, who is answerable only to his muse.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/17/2015
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1965
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2224833
Video UPC UPC: 00024543148333
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Charlton Heston
Video Cast Info Diane Cilento
Video Cast Info Rex Harrison
Video Cast Info Alex North - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Carol Reed - Director
Video Cast Info Irving Stone - Based on Novel By
Video Cast Info Philip Dunne - Screenplay
Plot Summary
Much of what appeared in Irving Stone's biographical novel of the life of Michelangelo was of the author's invention, but few will dispute that the artist painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which is the subject of Carol Reed's film. Starring Charlton Heston as the irascible genius, it traces his life from the age of 13 to his death at 88 but deals mainly with the five years during which he painted the chapel. Pope Julius II (Rex Harrison) has commissioned the work in the hope that it will serve as an immortal symbol of his enlightened papacy. Yet both his money and remaining years are finite, and his constant haranguing of the artist to finish his painstaking work is the source of an ongoing war of words between them. When not struggling with the pope, Michelangelo battles with his physical limitations and recalcitrant materials in the quest for perfection. The multifaceted Carol Reed (OLIVER!, THE THIRD MAN) has successfully taken on yet another genre in a film that also features superb art direction and costume design.


Oscar (1966)
   Video Award Name Leon Shamroy, Nominee, Best Cinematography, Color
   Video Award Name Alex North, Nominee, Best Music, Score--Substantially Original
   Video Award Name James Corcoran, Nominee, Best Sound
   Video Award Name John DeCuir, et al., Nominee, Best Art Direction
   Video Award Name Vittorio Nino Novarese, Nominee, Best Costume Design

Golden Globe (1966)
   Video Award Name Rex Harrison, Nominee, Best Actor-Drama
   Video Award Name Philip Dunne, Nominee, Best Screenplay

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Heston,Charlton
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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