The Agony and the Ecstasy

1965 film by Carol Reed

The Agony and the Ecstasy is a 1965 movie. It was directed by Carol Reed. It stars Charlton Heston as Michelangelo and Rex Harrison as Pope Julius II. The movie was partly based on Irving Stone's biographical novel of the same name. The movie is about the stormy relationship between Michelangelo and Pope Julius II during the painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. It was nominated for five Academy Awards.

The Agony and the Ecstasy
Directed byCarol Reed
Written byscreenplay by
Philip Dunne
Carol Reed
from the novel by
Irving Stone
Produced byCarol Reed
StarringCharlton Heston
Rex Harrison
Diane Cilento
Harry Andrews
Alberto Lupo
CinematographyLeon Shamroy
Edited bySamuel E. Beetley
Music byJerry Goldsmith
Alex North
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
October 7, 1965 (1965-10-07)
Running time
138 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$8,000,000[2]


  1. Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p254
  2. "The Agony and the Ecstasy, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 22, 2013.

Other websitesEdit