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Julius Caesar (1953)

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The assassination of the would be ruler of Rome at the hands of Brutus and company has tragic consequences for the idealist and the republic.

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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 <jao@jao.com>

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The film was shot in just 35 days, using some of the sets from "Quo Vadis", which were dismantled, flown from Rome to Hollywood and then re-assembled for this film. Producer John Houseman confirmed that it was never intended that the film be shot in color, as he and director Joseph Mankiewicz wanted it to have the urgency of a newsreel, not to look like a costume epic. See more »

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Cassius offers Brutus his dagger to kill him, but the blade of his dagger falls off as he pulls it out of the sheath. Cassius offers the hilt of the dagger to Brutus, with the (missing) blade hidden behind his forearm. See more »

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[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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Marlon Brando was the film...
20 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A solid film. Well executed, good actors, good script (obviously), but yes it is slow. Marlon Brando, who played Julius Caesar's right-hand man, excelled as character Marc Antony. The most notable part scene of this film was very after Julius was murdered by Brutus and the conspirators. Marc Antony's "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" speech was perfectly executed, and it is my favorite Marlon Brando moment (behind Godfather). Rent this film, and even if this film was a flawless gem, I would still suggest the work on paper by Shakespeare first. I also suggest James Mason, who stars as Brutus in the film. He played the role of Brutus extremely well and my hat's off to him. You need patience for a film like Julius Caesar, one of my favorite's of 1953.


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