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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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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)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (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

Also Known As:
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)
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The film was the costliest studio production made in Great Britain at the time.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: In the opening scene, very strong multiple shadows in different directions give away the locations of very close stage lights.See more »
Apollodorus:When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares it his duty.See more »
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31 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A Spoiled Little Queen, 19 October 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Up to the time it was released in 1945 Caesar and Cleopatra was the most expensive British film ever made. It was as though the British cinema was trying to show America it could do a DeMille like epic as good as Cecil B. DeMille or anyone else from Hollywood. It may have been a little too overdone. Director Gabriel Pascal might have gotten a bit carried away with the spectacle and the audience might well have missed some of George Bernard Shaw's inspired dialog.

And Pascal had the advantage of the aged Mr. Shaw personally supervising the production. Of course Shaw insisted on total fidelity to his play and the ideas therein. I understand that J. Arthur Rank wanted to have a little sex and romance in there, like DeMille did do, but Shaw would have none of it.

What sets Caesar and Cleopatra apart from other Cleopatra stories that starred Theda Bara, Elizabeth Taylor, and Claudette Colbert is that Shaw portrayed her as probably what she was, a silly teenager who just happens to be Queen of Egypt. There's a little bit of Scarlett O'Hara in Vivien Leigh's performance as she moves from silly teen to a young women well schooled in statecraft by Julius Caesar.

Claude Rains plays a world weary Julius Caesar and the Shavian quips roll off his tongue with great aplomb. Like George Bernard Shaw's other masterpiece Pygmalion, Rains tutors Leigh and the results far exceed what he could have hoped for.

Production on Caesar and Cleopatra was begun while there was still a shooting war in Europe and V-2s and other such explosive devices were still raining down on the United Kingdom. A couple came real close to the studio in London this was being filmed at.

Stewart Granger got his first real notice in this film playing Apollodorus and Francis L. Sullivan plays a blustering and plotting Pothinos. If you look hard among the various slave women you will find both Jean Simmons and Kay Kendall among the extras.

You will also like both Basil Sydney as Ruffio and Cecil Parker as Britanus, two aides to Caesar who both occasionally give him a reality check.

Caesar and Cleopatra failed to recoup the cost of making it in initial release. J. Arthur Rank misjudged the British public taste post World War II. Maybe a little less expense and more attention to Shaw's words and the film might have been better.

Still it's pretty good as is.

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