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Release Date:
6 September 1946 (USA) See more »
The most lavish picture ever on the screen! See more »
At the height of the Roman Civil War, a young Cleopatra meets a middle-aged Julius Caesar, who teaches her how to rule Egypt. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Brilliant interpretation of the play! See more (46 total) »


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Claude Rains ... Caesar

Vivien Leigh ... Cleopatra

Stewart Granger ... Apollodorus

Flora Robson ... Ftatateeta

Francis L. Sullivan ... Pothinus

Basil Sydney ... Rufio

Cecil Parker ... Britannus
Raymond Lovell ... Lucius Septimius

Anthony Eustrel ... Achillas

Ernest Thesiger ... Theodotus
Anthony Harvey ... Ptolemy
Robert Adams ... Nubian Slave
Olga Edwardes ... Cleopatra's Lady Attendant
Harda Swanhilde ... Cleopatra's Lady Attendant

Michael Rennie ... 1st. Centurion
James McKechnie ... 2nd. Centurion

Esme Percy ... Major Domo

Stanley Holloway ... Belzanor

Leo Genn ... Bel Affris
Alan Wheatley ... Persian
Anthony Holles ... Boatman
Charles Victor ... 1st. Porter
Ronald Shiner ... 2nd. Porter
John Bryning ... Sentinel

John Laurie ... 1st. Auxiliary Sentinel
Charles Rolfe ... 2nd. Auxiliary Sentinel

Felix Aylmer ... 1st. Nobleman
Ivor Barnard ... 2nd. Nobleman

Valentine Dyall ... 1st. Guardsman
Charles Deane ... 2nd. Guardsman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
B.Q. Alakija ... Ethiopian Dancer (uncredited)
Chick Alexander ... Major Domo's Attendant (uncredited)
Hylton Allen ... Councillor (uncredited)

Renée Asherson ... Iras (uncredited)

Marie Ault ... Egyptian Lady (uncredited)

Peter Bayliss ... Aide to Mithridates (uncredited)
André Belhomme ... Boatman (uncredited)
Agnes Bernelle ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
June Black ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Mary Boyle ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Dorothy Bramhall ... Lady (uncredited)
Bernard Bright ... Ethiopian Dancer (uncredited)
Olwen Brookes ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Ena Burrill ... Egyptian Lady (uncredited)
Alice Calvert ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Cecil Calvert ... Councillor (uncredited)
Bob Cameron ... Bucinator (uncredited)
Jill Carpenter ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Gerald Case ... Roman Tax Officer (uncredited)
Paul Croft ... Councillor (uncredited)
Jackie Daniels ... Lady (uncredited)
Ronald Davidson ... Roman Officer (uncredited)
Anna Davis ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Daphne Day ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Bernard de Gautier ... Assistant Palace Official (uncredited)
Nantando de Villiers ... Fan Girl (uncredited)
Roy Ellett ... Councillor (uncredited)
Lilla Erulkar ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Margaret Fernald ... Lady (uncredited)
Ingrid Forrest ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harold Franklyn ... Boatman (uncredited)
Toni Gable ... Lady (uncredited)
Gordon Gantry ... Roman Officer (uncredited)
Renee Gilbert ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Babette Griffin ... Lady (uncredited)
Kathleen Harrison ... Egyptian Woman (uncredited)
Margaret Harvey ... Lady (uncredited)
Michael Martin Harvey ... Councillor (uncredited)
Billy Holland ... Roman Officer (uncredited)
Jean Hulley ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Hamilton Humphries ... Auxiliary Roman Sentinel (uncredited)
Moya Iles ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Basil Jayson ... Mithridates (uncredited)

Mihalis Kakogiannis ... Councillor (uncredited)
Virginia Keiley ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Gerhard Kempinski ... Angry Boatman (uncredited)

Kay Kendall ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Don Kenito ... Singing Boatman (uncredited)
Rita Lancaster ... Lady (uncredited)
Harry Lane ... Councillor (uncredited)
Hilda Lawrence ... Slave Girl (uncredited)
Alan Lewis ... Councillor (uncredited)
Peter Lilley ... Roman Officer (uncredited)
Leonard Llewellyn ... Palace Official (uncredited)
Peter Lord ... Special Roman Centurian (uncredited)
George Luck ... Councillor (uncredited)
Mary Macklin ... Lady (uncredited)
H.F. Maltby ... Councillor (uncredited)

Zena Marshall ... Lady-in-Waiting (uncredited)
Gibb McLaughlin ... High Priest (uncredited)
Barry Meaton ... Councillor (uncredited)
Mary Midwinter ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Roma Milne ... Fan Girl (uncredited)
Charles Minor ... Boatman (uncredited)
Anne Moore ... Slave Girl (uncredited)

Roger Moore ... Roman Soldier (uncredited)

Cathleen Nesbitt ... Egyptian Lady (uncredited)
Shaun Noble ... Aide to Achillas (uncredited)
Louise Nolan ... Lady (uncredited)

Charles Paton ... Councillor (uncredited)
Ingrid Puxon ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Jean Richards ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)
Princess Roshanara ... Lady (uncredited)
Roy Russell ... Councillor (uncredited)
Anne Sassoon ... Slave Girl (uncredited)

Jean Simmons ... Harpist (uncredited)
Eve Smith ... Fan Girl (uncredited)
Don Stannard ... Roman Officer (uncredited)
Russell Thorndike ... Harpist's Master (uncredited)
Ludwig von Wohl ... Palace Official (uncredited)
Abdul Wahab ... Cleopatra's Attendant (uncredited)
C. Jervis Walter ... Councillor (uncredited)
Wilfred Walter ... Councillor (uncredited)
Mackenzie Ward ... Councillor (uncredited)
Jeanee Williams ... Lady in Waiting (uncredited)

Directed by
Gabriel Pascal 
Writing credits
George Bernard Shaw (scenario) (as Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw (dialogue) (as Bernard Shaw)

George Bernard Shaw  play (uncredited)
George Bernard Shaw  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Gabriel Pascal .... producer
J. Arthur Rank .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Georges Auric 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff (photography)
Jack Hildyard (photography)
Robert Krasker (photography)
Freddie Young (photography) (as F.A. Young)
Film Editing by
Frederick Wilson 
Joan Warwick (uncredited)
Casting by
Pat MacDonnell (uncredited)
Adele Raymond (uncredited)
Art Direction by
John Bryan 
Costume Design by
Oliver Messel (costumes)
Makeup Department
Barbara Barnard .... hair stylist (uncredited)
George Blackler .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ernest Gasser .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Tom White .... general manager of production
Raymond Anzarut .... production manager (uncredited)
Robert C. Foord .... production manager (uncredited)
John 'Pinky' Green .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bluey Hill .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Brian Desmond Hurst .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Pat Kelly .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Laurie Knight .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Pat MacDonnell .... second assistant director (uncredited)
John Oldknow .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Philip Shipway .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Oliver Messel .... decor
Beatrice Dawson .... jewellery (uncredited)
John Elphick .... location art director: Egypt (uncredited)
William Hutchinson .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Oliver Messel .... jewellery (uncredited)
Don Picton .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Elven Webb .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Herbert Westbrook .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
John Dennis .... sound recordist
Desmond Dew .... dubbing
Peter Davies .... production and post-production optical sound camera (uncredited)
Walter R. Day .... sound maintenance engineer (uncredited)
Desmond Dew .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Stanley Lambourne .... boom operator (uncredited)
George Paternoster .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Ken Rawkins .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Kitty Spreckley .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bill Warrington .... special effects (uncredited)
Douglas Woolsey .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... matt shots (as Percy Day)
George Blackwell .... models (uncredited)
Henry Harris .... models (uncredited)
Bill Warrington .... models (uncredited)
Douglas Woolsey .... models (uncredited)
Steve Donohue .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Connie Tilton .... stunt double: Vivien Leigh (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward Scaife .... operator (as Ted Scaife)
Dennis Bartlett .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Frank Kingston .... focus puller (uncredited)
Wilfrid Newton .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eleanor Abbey .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Margaret Furse .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
George Minassian .... color technician: Technicolor (uncredited)
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Other crew
Joan Bridge .... assistant chief of colour control department
Marjorie Deans .... script editor
Natalie Kalmus .... chief of colour control department
Gabriel Pascal .... presenter
David O. Selznick .... Vivien Leigh by arrangement with
Yvonne Axeworthy .... continuity (uncredited)
Marjorie Deans .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Renée Glynne .... production secretary (uncredited)
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity (uncredited)
Adrian D. Worker .... production accountant (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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138 min | USA:123 min | USA:128 min (Encore-Action Library Print) | Argentina:129 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Germany:16 (nf) | Spain:T | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #11427)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

First shown on television the same week as "Producers' Showcase: Caesar and Cleopatra (#2.7)" (1956).See more »
Crew or equipment visible: In Caesar's first scene, he appears under a night sky full of clouds and bright stars. The clouds don't move at all and the stars shine bright through them, giving away the fact it's a painted backdrop with lights. Also, very strong shadows exist giving away the use of stage lighting.See more »
Julius Caesar:And so to the end of history, murder shall breed murder, always in the name of right, and justice, and peace, until the gods create a race of men that can understand.See more »
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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant interpretation of the play!, 24 September 1999
Author: tantris-3 from Miami, USA

Considering that this movie was made in 1946, when many of its technical features were in its infancy (including color) it is still a wonderful interpretation of the play. But to be objective we must place ourselves in that period in time, otherwise the movie seems dated and some of its characters out of place.

It is no easy task to interpret a play into film, and this movie even though it wants to give a feeling of outdoors, we (now that we are so sophisticated with our special effects) can tell it is a studio. But let's give credit where credit is due. Vivien Leigh shines by itself, she is the perfect Cleopatra, I find that Claude Reims is also a character to contend with. We might find him with our modern eyes, not physically attractive, and you wonder what Cleopatra sees in him, but let's not forget that, through out the play it is always out in the open the fact that she wants a younger man for herself, this is not a love story between them, but simply the encounter of a couple of very strong, intelligent, determined and ruthless human beings, as such, they are a pair to admire!

Claude Reims seems paternal, sometimes there are other types of attraction as well as rejection, he seems that he never takes her seriously, however he never forgets every word she speaks. Considering that he is supposed to be the most powerful man of its time, it can make any man, a very sexy man! Power is an aphrodisiac (if not lets look our own culture with all our icons in hollywood and in the sports arena, now even politicians are getting into it).

In the other hand Shaw's wonderful wit and facility use of the English language is evident all over the place, he is always so caustic and economic with his subtle criticisms of his own time. We must remember, this movie is about the value of words and the intellect between these two, not about the bloated romance Hollywood has produced so far.

Yes there is a story and an ambiance, but the essence of this play/movie is the underlying meaning of the dialog between them. If you liked "Pygmalion" the other Shaw play made into a movie later reincarnated by Hollywood as "My Fair Lady" you will love this movie.

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