The Agony and the Ecstasy

Release Date:
Sep 24, 1965
Running Time:
Historical Drama
Carol Reed
Charlton Heston Michelangelo
Rex Harrison Pope Julius II
Diane Cilento Contessina de'Medici
Harry Andrews Bramante
Adolfo Celi Giovanni de' Medici
Venantino Venantini Paris De Grassis
John Stacy Sangallo
Fausto Tozzi Foreman
Maxine Audley Woman
Tomas Milian Raphael
Carol Reed

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The Agony and the Ecstasy

During the Italian Renaissance, Pope Julius II contracts the influential artist Michelangelo to sculpt 40 statues for his tomb. When the pope changes his mind and asks the sculptor to paint a mural in the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo doubts his painting skills and abandons the project. Divine inspiration returns Michelangelo to the mural, but his artistic vision clashes with the pope's demanding personality and threatens the success of the historic painting.

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