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Main Details

  • Released in 1979 | Color
  • Running Time: 156 min | 210 min (original cut) | Italy:123 min (recut version) | USA:148 min (re-release) | UK:102 min | Spain:137 min | USA:102 min (R-rated version)
  • Production Co: Penthouse Films International | Felix Cinematografica
  • Distribution Co: Produzioni Atlas Consorziate (P.A.C.) (1979) (Italy) (theatrical) (as "Caligola") | Analysis Film Releasing Corporation (1980) (USA) (theatrical) | Seville Pictures (1980) (Canada) (theatrical) (Canada: Quebec) | GTO (UK) | Ízaro Films (1981) (Spain) (theatrical) | Citadel Films (1981) (Canada) (theatrical) (Canada: English Canada) | Gaumont Italia (1984) (Italy) (theatrical) (re-release) | Roadshow Entertainment (1981) (Australia) (theatrical) (re-edit) | Tobis Filmkunst (Germany) (theatrical) | Tobis (1980) (West Germany) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Tinto Brass, Bob Guccione, Giancarlo Lui
  • Written by Gore Vidal, Bob Guccione, Giancarlo Lui, Franco Rossellini
  • Starring Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, Helen Mirren, John Gielgud
  • Produced by Bob Guccione, Franco Rossellini, Jack H. Silverman
  • Original Music by Bruno Nicolai (as Paul Clemente), Renzo Rossellini (1984)
  • Cinematography by Silvano Ippoliti
  • Film Editing by Nino Baragli, Enzo Micarelli (1984 version), Russell Lloyd (uncredited)

Plot Summary

  • Details the graphic and shocking but undeniably tragic story of Rome's most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula.


  • What would you have done if you had been given absolute power of life and death over everybody else in the whole world?
  • The most controversial film of the 20th century is now the most controversial film of the 21st century.

Also Known As

  • Caligula (Finland / Finland) (Swedish title) / France / USA | Calígula (Argentina / Spain) | Kaligula (Poland / Russia) | Caligula, My Son (UK) | Caligvla (International) (alternative spelling) (English title) | Gore Vidal's Caligola (Italy) (working title) | Io, Caligola (Italy) (recut version) | Kaligoulas (Greece) | Karigyura (Japan)
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