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Alexander the Great (1956)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 31 August 1956 (France)
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 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 Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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The Mighty Story of a Conqueror Who Believed He Was a God! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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31 August 1956 (France)  »

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Alexander der Große  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(TCM print) | (Turner Library Print)

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Burton was very dissatisfied with the final film. He was later reluctant to accept the role of Marc Antony in Cleopatra (1963) due to his low opinion of historical epics. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Philip of Macedonia: Alexander. In your first act as regent, send your mother away.
Alexander: Exile my mother?
Philip of Macedonia: Back to her kinsman in Epirus, she'll be happy there.
Alexander: Is that the cost of my prove to you?
Philip of Macedonia: How do you think I came to power? My own two brothers...
Alexander: I know, you slew them, you want me to do that too?
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Version of Alexander (2004) See more »

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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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