Sign of the Pagan (1954) - Rotten Tomatoes

Sign of the Pagan (1954)

Sign of the Pagan (1954)




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This campy sword and sandal epic presents a kinder, gentler Attila the Hun who is portrayed as more neurotic than nasty as he muses obsessively about Christ and then mercilessly sacks the Roman empire.


Jack Palance
as Attila the Hun
Rita Gam
as Kubra
Ludmilla Tchérina
as Princess Pulcheria
Jeff Morrow
as Paulinus
Eduard Franz
as Astrologer
George Dolenz
as Theodosius
Alexander Scourby
as Chrysaphius
Walter Coy
as Valentinian
Pat Hogan
as Sangiban
Howard Petrie
as Gundahar
Moroni Olsen
as Pope Leo
Robo Bechi
as Chilothe
Sim Iness
as Herculanus
Fred Nurney
as Chamberlain
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Critic Reviews for Sign of the Pagan

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Douglas Sirk's direction of the excellent script catches the sweep of the period portrayed without letting the characters get lost in spectacle.

Full Review… | June 20, 2007
Top Critic

Customers planning to sneak out during these frothing soliloquies must cope with a musical sound track deafening enough to nail anybody down.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

An immensely interesting though finally unsuccessful film.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

While certainly not a classic, the film is leagues above Hollywood's typical 'babes-and-bacchanals' biblical epics of the period.

Full Review… | June 20, 2007
TV Guide

Sirk's fluid direction lift this refreshingly short epic above what most other directors would have done with the material.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007

Too uneven, dramatically clumsy, chatty and overblown to satisfy.

Full Review… | March 22, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Sign of the Pagan

** (out of four) Jack Palance plays Atilla the Hun as he tries to conquer the divided Roman Empire. But, two things mar his way...the beautiful Princess Pulcheria (Ludmilla Tcherina) and the fearless Marcian (Jeff Chandler). Can Palance stop the spread of christianity? What do you think?

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