Desiring as much authenticity as possible, real aristocrats were recruited to play patricians as guests at the party sequence. Among those utilized were Prince Emanuele Ruspoli, Count Marigliano del Monte, Duchess Nona Medici, and Prince Raimondo of Italy, Count Santiago Oneto of Spain, Prince and Princess Hohenlohe of Austria, Princess Irina Wassilchikoff of Russia, Baroness Lillian de Balzo of Hungary.
An infirmary was created especially for the filming of the dangerous chariot race scenes. However, in the end, very few injuries were actually sustained, most of them being sunburns.
[June 2008] Ranked #2 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Epic".
William Wyler used to joke that it took a Jew to make the ultimate film about Jesus Christ.