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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
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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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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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