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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... See full summary »

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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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empire | king | persian | macedonian | epic | See more »

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Conqueror of conquerors! Spectacle of spectacles! The colossus of motion pictures! See more »


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31 August 1956 (West Germany)  »

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Rossen shot the film to run three hours plus an intermission and was very disappointed when the producers cut it to 141 minutes. See more »

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When the Macedonian horsemen attack Darius' soldiers, one of the spear tips clearly bends in a way that shows it to be made of rubber. See more »

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Nectenabus: There were signs of greatness at his birth! Quakes and storms shook the earth - and in the skies, a star fell... and two eagles perched upon the roof of the Queen's chamber. And in far-off Asia... the Temple of Ephesus was struck by lightning and burnt to the ground.
Philip of Macedonia: And how did you read these signs, soothsayer?
Nectenabus: The two eagles - that he was born to rule two worlds. The burning of the Temple - that a torch was kindled that day that would one day consume all the world. And this torch... your son.
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Handsome to look at, but dull in the telling...
16 October 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

When a film is more of a chore to sit through than a pleasure, you know something is wrong. "Alexander the Great" is lavishly produced and handsome to look at with impressive sets and costumes, but even the battle scenes are dull, as staged by director Robert Rossen.

RICHARD BURTON is physically impressive as Alexander (with blonde wig), but recites his lines without any real passion or conviction. FREDRIC MARCH is better as his father, but when he dies midway through the story, the film suffers and goes downhill until the end. CLAIRE BLOOM is spirited in the leading femme role and has a few scenes that she plays very well.

But too many talky speeches between battles are part of the problem. The script never allows any of the characters to be really fleshed out. In the end, one is left with the feeling that whatever history has been told is on the modest side, and instead there's a sand and sandal type of feeling--a Hollywoodized version of history--that one is left to ponder.

Burton uses his voice effectively at times, but it's not one of his best performances.

Summing up: History on the dull side.


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