I doubt that QUO VADIS is even close to being historically accurate, but I don't care because I was looking to be entertained and QV did a great job of it. A 171 minute runtime that simply flies by, good acting (especially Ustinov!), strong direction by Mervyn LeRoy, massive crowd scenes, Christianity that's not too heavy-handed, beautiful photography and some of the best matte paintings I've ever seen. The craftsmanship that it took to get this film to look as good as it does must have been monumental. It's easy to see how QUO VADIS was the #1 box office draw for 1951 and the main kickstarter for the whole historical epic boom of the 1950's. Recommended.
Interesting poster that features a "Not Suitable for Children." warning.
This line is interesting because in Mervyn LeRoy's 1931 film LITTLE CAESAR, Edward G. Robinson's final words were "Is this the end of Rico?".