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Julius Caesar (1953)

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The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.


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Brutus, Cassius, and other high-ranking Romans murder Caesar, because they believe his ambition will lead to tyranny. The people of Rome are on their side until Antony, Caesar's right-hand man, makes a moving speech. The conspirators are driven from Rome, and two armies are formed: one side following the conspirators; the other, Antony. Antony has the superior force, and surrounds Brutus and Cassius, but they kill themselves to avoid capture. Written by John Oswalt <>

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MGM's acclaimed production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.


Drama | History


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Release Date:

4 June 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar  »

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$2,070,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System) (original release)


| (tinted) (1969 UK re-release)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Richard Hale (Soothsayer), John Hoyt (Decius Brutus), Ian Wolfe (Caius Ligarius), Morgan Farley (Artemidorus), Michael Ansara (Pindarus) and Vic Perrin (Hoodlum) all later made guest appearances in Star Trek (1966): Hale in Star Trek: The Paradise Syndrome (1968), Hoyt in Star Trek: The Cage (1986), Wolfe in Star Trek: Bread and Circuses (1968) and Star Trek: All Our Yesterdays (1969), Farley in Star Trek: The Return of the Archons (1967) and Star Trek: The Omega Glory (1968), Ansara in Star Trek: Day of the Dove (1968) and Perrin in Star Trek: The Menagerie: Part II (1966), Star Trek: Arena (1967), Star Trek: The Changeling (1967) and Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror (1967). Furthermore, Lawrence Dobkin (Citizen of Rome) directed Star Trek: Charlie X (1966). See more »


A stylized chess set can be seen in the home of Caesar and Calpurnia. The earliest precursor of chess did not develop until 550 A.D. in the Punjab. See more »


[first lines]
Flavius: Hence! home, you idle creatures get you home:/ Is this a holiday? what! know you not,/ Being mechanical, you ought not walk/ Upon a labouring day without the sign/ Of your profession? Speak, what trade art thou?
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 9 August 1953 (1953) See more »

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A must for Shakespeare fans, but...
8 January 2001 | by (Den Haag, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I am certainly a fan of the bard's work. Therefor I was pleasantly surprised to see this movie and hear that it was almost the complete original text they used for the dialogue. Without subtitles it was a chore to keep up with, but when you do you are in for a treat.

This classic tale of politics, treachery, love and death was performed to perfection by people such as Marlon Brando (Marc Antony), John Gielgud (Cassius, delivering a powerhouse performance as usual), James Mason (Brutus). I was thrilled by the fact that this movie was produced so lavishly and yet so humble. It never made the mistake, like Cleopatra, to depict the scenes too grand. It all stayed very natural and believable. Of course there must be historical inaccuracies in this story, but was Braveheart so accurate. I think when you start watching a movie written by the Shakespeare you shouldn't expect a documentary on the life of Julius Caesar but a lyrical tale about ancient political Rome.

The photography was great, with its glorious Black and White footage.

Although the text can be offputting for some who are not at the least a bit interested in the language the Bard wrote in.

A must for Shakespeare fans.


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