Based on some historical events, the film gives a romanticized biography of Theodoros Kolokotronis, a Greek historical hero serving as a metaphor for Greece herself. Based on a circular ... See full summary »
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An epic film that follows the life of Alexander the Great, the macedonian king that conquered all ancient greek tribes and led macedonian army 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
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Peter Wyngarde was originally tested for the lead role of Alexander, but ended up in the smaller role of Pausanias. See more »
Many of the actors playing soldiers wear comically ill-fitting helmets, including the star's own. Burton's helmet never sits properly on his head and has fabric stuffed into the empty ear holes in a vain attempt to cover up the gaff. A simple session of "musical-helmets" amongst everyone could have solved the problem quickly and economically. See more »
[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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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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