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Alexander the Great (1956)

Not Rated  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  31 August 1956 (West Germany)
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The life and military conquests of Alexander III of Macedon (20/21 July 356 - 10/11 June 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great.

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An epic film that follows the life of Alexander the Great, the macedonian king that united all ancient greek tribes and led them against the vast Persian Empire. Alexander conquered most of the then known world and created a greek empire that spanned all the way from the Balkans to India. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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The colossus who conquered the world! See more »


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31 August 1956 (West Germany)  »

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Alexander den store  »

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Danielle Darrieux played Richard Burton's mother in the film, despite only being eight years older than him. See more »

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When the soldiers find Darius' chariot, there are dual cutting blades attached to the wheels. Seconds later, when the chariot is driven away, the blades are gone. Not enough time elapsed for the blades to be removed. See more »

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Olympias: [rocking the infant Alexander in his cradle ] Alexander... Alexander... Achilles, too, was born of a god... and at his birth, it was foretold that he would be greater than his father... and he was*. And this destiny shall be yours too, Alexander...
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Riveting dialogue but glosses over some detail
6 December 2004 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

The dialogue accomplishes so much yet is almost poetic. It is of an elegance rarely seen in modern movies. Many of the key elements in the relationships between Alexander, his men, his parents and his perspectives are explored but battle details are glossed over.

Though far from comprehensive, it tells a good tale and serves as a wonderful introduction to the life of Alexander. I was riveted when I watched this, having read Mary Renault's trilogy. An excellent job!

Oliver Stone's 2004 effort was a let down but the depiction of the Battle of Gaugamela is worth watching.


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