Charlton Heston stars as Renaissance artist Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564), who begrudgingly paints the Sistine Chapel for imperious Pope Julius II in this epic adaptation of Irvine Stone's novel directed by Carol Reed. While the novel covers Michelangelo's life from birth to death, the film focuses on the battle of wills between the perfectionist artist and the impatient Pope who commissions (and eventually commands) him to paint the famed chapel.

  1. Carol Reed


  2. Philip Dunne


Top Billed Cast

  1. Charlton Heston

    Charlton Heston


  2. Rex Harrison

    Rex Harrison

    Papa Giulio II

  3. Diane Cilento

    Diane Cilento

    Contessina de'Medici

  4. Harry Andrews

    Harry Andrews


  5. Alberto Lupo

    Alberto Lupo

    Duca di Urbino

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The Agony and the Ecstasy
The Agony and the Ecstasy



Status Released

Release Information

  • October 7, 1965


Original Language English

Runtime 2h 18m

Budget $10,000,000.00

Revenue $4,000,000.00



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