Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  6 September 1946 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 1,771 users  
Reviews: 43 user | 12 critic

At the height of the Roman Civil War, a young Cleopatra meets a middle-aged Julius Caesar who teaches her how to rule Egypt.



(play), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Video

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Anna Karenina (1948)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A married woman's affair with a dashing young officer has tragic results.

Director: Julien Duvivier
Stars: Vivien Leigh, Ralph Richardson, Kieron Moore
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Sir William Hamilton, a widower of mature years, is British ambassador to the Court of Naples. Emma who comes for a visit with her mother wouldn't cut the grade with London society but she ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Korda
Stars: Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Alan Mowbray
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A woman unhappy in her passionless marriage leaves her husband for a younger and more ardent lover.

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Vivien Leigh, Kenneth More, Eric Portman
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On the sidewalks of the London theater district the buskers (street performers) earn enough coins for a cheap room. Charles, who recites dramatic monologues, sees that a young pickpocket, ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Whelan
Stars: Charles Laughton, Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After Larry Darrent accidentally kills his lover's blackmailing husband, someone else is arrested for the crime. When he is found guilty, Larry and Wanda have just three weeks together ... See full summary »

Director: Basil Dean
Stars: Vivien Leigh, Leslie Banks, Laurence Olivier
Blanche Fury (1948)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The childless widow of Allan Fury bequeaths the Fury estate to her Fuller relatives but Allan's illegitimate son who masquerades as a servant hopes to grab the estate for himself.

Director: Marc Allégret
Stars: Valerie Hobson, Stewart Granger, Michael Gough
Cleopatra (1963)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.

Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison
Splendor (1935)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The once-great Lorrimore family faces bankruptcy unless older son Brighton marries wealthy Edith Gilbert. When Brighton instead returns from a trip with his new wife Phyllis, she receives a... See full summary »

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Miriam Hopkins, Joel McCrea, Paul Cavanagh
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius. Oberon and Titania, of the ... See full summary »

Directors: William Dieterle, Max Reinhardt
Stars: James Cagney, Dick Powell, Ian Hunter
Certificate: Passed Drama | War | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

During WWI, believing her fiancé to be dead, a young ballerina loses her job and is forced to turn to prostitution.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, Lucile Watson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: George Pearson
Stars: Frederick Peisley, Vivien Leigh, Anthony Holles
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Vivien Leigh's debut movie about a small village putting on MacBeth when a Hollywood star arrives.

Director: Reginald Denham
Stars: David Horne, Leslie Perrins, Moira Lynd


Cast overview, first billed only:
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Basil Sydney ...
Cecil Parker ...
Raymond Lovell ...
Anthony Eustrel ...
Anthony Harvey ...
Robert Adams ...
Olga Edwardes ...
Harda Swanhilde ...


Cleopatra hasn't been on the throne of the pharoahs of Egypt very long when Julius Caesar pays a visit. Caesar finds the prospect of romance more tempting than he expected, since Cleopatra is a rare woman who is bright as well as beautiful. And for Cleopatra, a friendly relationship with the most powerful man in the world may pay dividends in the future. Written by Dale O'Connor <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Never before such seductive beauty; such riotous... luxurious... loving and living See more »


Approved | See all certifications »




Release Date:

6 September 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

César e Cleópatra  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


£1,278,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (Encore-Action Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This movie was shot during WW2, which resulted in production being halted repeatedly due to German bombing raids. The war also hampered the production's ability to get necessary materials, so the crew had to do the best they could with what they had. See more »


Caesar refers to his nose as "rather long" and "a Roman nose," but the idea of a "Roman nose" was not introduced until almost 150 years later, when the Emperor Hadrian erected statues of his favorite, Antinous, throughout the Empire (where many of the people had never seen a Roman), and Antinous's long nose was taken as typical of Romans (even though Antinous was a Greek). See more »


Julius Caesar: Is it sweet or bitter to be a queen?
Cleopatra: Bitter.
Julius Caesar: Cast out fear, and you will conquer Caeser.
See more »


Featured in Larry and Vivien: The Oliviers in Love (2001) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Ranks with Pygmalian as a Shaw film classic
19 October 2000 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

Shaw was a wonderful historian with a deadly eye for irony. Claude Rains brings off Caesar with withering poise and breezy wit, standing tall above the flashing eye of an Egyptian hurricane named Cleopatra (Vivien Leigh). Caesar's aide-de-camp is an affable bear of a man named Rufio (Basil Sydney), who mainly just keeps his eye on Caesar. Cleopatra is likewise sheltered by her scheming counselor Ftatateeta (Flora Robson), a name that not even Caesar can pronounce. Character actor Cecil Parker as Britannus adds quaintness and serendipity to an already splendid alchemy of spotty characters. The film moves by turns through a narrow skein of classical history as the reliquarian Egyptian world gives way to a streamlined Roman one. Along the way, we witness the contending parties encompassed and entangled in a delightful pantheon of wit, irony, satire, morals, manners, and adventure. Overall, a tremendously facile projection of one of England's sharpest satirical voices, G.B. Shaw.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Was this supposed to be a comedy? xavrush89
Lapus head dress Piperson
Discuss Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page