I don't know if this film is as good as I remember, but it has haunted me. I adored it on first viewing. I saw it again on TV and loved it again. I know that Heston and Loren did not get along. However, they are both magnificent physical presences. The story is so compelling and this movie may have the one Miklos Rosza score that matches the subject. As with "Scaramouche" and "The Sea Hawk," I am swept up.