Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

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



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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 <>

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Release Date:

6 September 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

César e Cleópatra  »

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£1,278,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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During filming, Vivien Leigh had a miscarriage, which delayed production for five weeks. See more »


In the opening scene, very strong multiple shadows in different directions give away the locations of very close stage lights. See more »


Julius Caesar: What's the matter?
Cleopatra: You're bald! That's why you wear the wreath!
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Don't believe the negative hype!
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Don't believe Leonard Maltin et al. This is a wonderful movie with great performances by Vivien Leigh (Cleopatra), Claude Rains (Caesar), and Flora Robson (the maid). A truly literate and witty script and the solid appearances of Stewart Granger, Francis L. Sullivan, Ernest Thesiger, and Basil Sidney make this a must see. Anthony Harvey appears as Ptolemy; he later directed The Lion in Winter! Leigh and Rains are especially good and their chemistry together is peerless. The sets are also magnificent. A truly wonderful "adult" film. This is my by favorite Vivien Leigh performance.

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