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Cleopatra -- This epic classic, now with restored picture and sound, stars Elizabeth Taylor as the Egyptian queen whose romance with a Roman (Richard Burton) may decide the fate of an empire.
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Writers:
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Release Date:
31 July 1963 (UK) See more »
Tagline:
The motion picture the world has been waiting for!
Plot:
Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 4 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Return Of The Queen See more (183 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elizabeth Taylor ... Cleopatra

Richard Burton ... Mark Antony

Rex Harrison ... Julius Caesar
Pamela Brown ... High Priestess
George Cole ... Flavius

Hume Cronyn ... Sosigenes

Cesare Danova ... Apollodorus
Kenneth Haigh ... Brutus
Andrew Keir ... Agrippa

Martin Landau ... Rufio

Roddy McDowall ... Octavian - Caesar Augustus

Robert Stephens ... Germanicus

Francesca Annis ... Eiras
Grégoire Aslan ... Pothinus (as Gregoire Aslan)
Martin Benson ... Ramos
Herbert Berghof ... Theodotos
John Cairney ... Phoebus
Jacqueline Chan ... Lotos (as Jacqui Chan)
Isabel Cooley ... Charmian (as Isabelle Cooley)

John Doucette ... Achillas
Andrew Faulds ... Canidius
Michael Gwynn ... Cimber

Michael Hordern ... Cicero

John Hoyt ... Cassius
Marne Maitland ... Euphranor

Carroll O'Connor ... Casca
Richard O'Sullivan ... Pharaoh Ptolemy XIII
Gwen Watford ... Calpurnia
Douglas Wilmer ... Decimus
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elisabeth Welch ... Children's Nurse (scenes deleted)
John Alderson ... Roman Officer (uncredited)

John Alderton ... 1st Officer (uncredited)
Ronald Allen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Audrey Anderson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
María Badmajew ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Michèle Bailly ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marina Berti ... Queen at Tarsus (uncredited)
Salvatore Billa ... Egyptian Slave / Centurion (uncredited)
Bruna Caruso ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Finlay Currie ... Titus (uncredited)
Rod Dana ... One of Caesar's Entourage (uncredited)
Marie Devereux ... Bacchanal Reveler (uncredited)
Peter Forster ... 2nd Officer (uncredited)
John Frederick ... Captain Palace Guard (uncredited)
María Luz Galicia ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John Gayford ... Guard (uncredited)
Peter Grant ... Palace Guard (uncredited)
Rosalba Grottesi ... Cleopatra's Servant (uncredited)
Rupert John ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John Karlsen ... High Priest (uncredited)

Jeremy Kemp ... Agitator (uncredited)
Margaret Lee ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Desmond Llewelyn ... Senator (uncredited)

Calvin Lockhart ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Loris Loddi ... Caesarion at Age 4 (uncredited)
Barry Lowe ... Guard (uncredited)

Jean Marsh ... Octavia (uncredited)
Kathy Martin ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Luigi Martocci ... Marcellus (uncredited)
Gesa Meiken ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Furio Meniconi ... Mithridates (uncredited)
Simon Mizrahi ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Violeta Montenegro ... Dancer (uncredited)
Boris Nacinovic ... Gladiator (uncredited)
Laurence Naismith ... Arachesilaus (uncredited)
Kenneth Nash ... Caesarion at Age 12 (uncredited)
John Pepper ... Caesarion (uncredited)

Paola Pitagora ... Cleopatra's Servant (uncredited)
Michela Roc ... Cleopatra's Servant (uncredited)
Del Russel ... Caesarion at Age 7 (uncredited)
Sandra Scarnati ... Cleopatra's Servant (uncredited)
Mike Steen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Taylor ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Larry Taylor ... Roman Officer (uncredited)
John Valva ... Valvus (uncredited)
Meri Welles ... Cleopatra's Handmaiden (uncredited)
Ben Wright ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz 
Rouben Mamoulian (uncredited; fired, replaced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
Darryl F. Zanuck (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screenplay) and
Ranald MacDougall (screenplay) and
Sidney Buchman (screenplay)

Plutarch (histories) and
Suetonius (histories) and
Appian (histories)

Carlo Mario Franzero (book "The Life and Times of Cleopatra") (as C.M. Franzero)

Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
Walter Wanger .... producer
Peter Levathes .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Alex North 
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
Jack Hildyard (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer 
Elmo Williams (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
John DeCuir  (as John De Cuir)
 
Art Direction by
Herman A. Blumenthal  (as Herman Blumenthal)
Hilyard M. Brown  (as Hilyard Brown)
Boris Juraga 
Maurice Pelling 
Jack Martin Smith 
Elven Webb 
 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox 
Ray Moyer 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Vittorio Nino Novarese (costumes: men)
Renié (costumes: women) (as Renie)
 
Makeup Department
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup artist (as Alberto de Rossi)
Vivienne Walker .... hair stylist: Miss Taylor (as Vivienne Zavitz)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
C.O. Erickson .... production manager
Forrest E. Johnston .... production manager
Saul Wurtzel .... production manager: second unit
Francisco Ariza .... production manager (uncredited)
Edward Joseph .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Kellogg .... second unit director
Andrew Marton .... second unit director
Fred R. Simpson .... assistant director
Richard Lang .... assistant director (uncredited)
Gerry O'Hara .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alessandro Alberti .... set designer: uncredited
José Algueró .... assistant set decorator: Spain (uncredited)
Ferdinand Bellan .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Bill Dennison .... chief draughtsman: exteriors (uncredited)
Umberto Dessena .... construction carpenter (uncredited)
Don B. Greenwood .... second unit props (uncredited)
Harold Michelson .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Giovanni Natalucci .... set designer (uncredited)
Don Picton .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi .... scene painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Corcoran .... sound recording supervisor
Bernard Freericks .... sound recordist
Fred Hynes .... sound recording supervisor
Murray Spivack .... sound recordist
John L. Mack .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
William F. Mittlestedt .... mechanical effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
Herbert Cheek .... miniatures supervisor (uncredited)
Ralph Hammeras .... matte artist (uncredited)
Joseph Nathanson .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ken Buckle .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cooper .... stunts (uncredited)
Alberto Dell'Acqua .... stunts (uncredited)
Miguel Pedregosa .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
John Sullivan .... stunt double: Richard Burton (uncredited)
Larry Taylor .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Piero Portalupi .... photographer: second unit (as Pietro Portalupi)
Claude Renoir .... photographer: second unit
Bernie Abramson .... publicity photographer (uncredited)
Franco Di Giacomo .... camera operator (uncredited)
Gerry Elliott .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Gerry Fisher .... camera operator: UK (uncredited)
Sherman Kunkel .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bob Penn .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Stuart Lyons .... casting consultant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene Sharaff .... costumes: Elizabeth Taylor
Wah Chang .... special headresses (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... associate conductor
Alex North .... conductor
Henry Brant .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Gozzo .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Frank Khoury .... transportation (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hermes Pan .... choreographer
Bill Batchelor .... publicist (uncredited)
Patricia Beattie .... stand-in: Elizabeth Taylor (uncredited)
Marie Devereux .... photo double: Elizabeth Taylor (uncredited)
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Ralph M. Leo .... production accountant (uncredited)
Lucie Lichtig .... continuity (uncredited)
Elaine Schreyeck .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
192 min | Germany:233 min (TV version) | Sweden:232 min | USA:320 min (director's cut) | 248 min (roadshow version) | Argentina:233 min | USA:251 min (50th Anniversary)
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Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | 4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints) | Stereo (Westrex Recording System) | DTS 70 mm (70mm re-release)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:K-12 (2012) | Finland:K-16 (1963) | France:U | Iceland:L | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Peru:PT | Singapore:PG | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) | USA:G (1971 re-release) | USA:Approved (certificate #19756) (original rating) | USA:Unrated (video rating) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz referred to this as "the toughest three pictures I ever made".See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Much of the interior decor of Cleopatra's palace in Alexandria is anachronistic. Some items of furniture are exact copies of those found in the tomb of queen Hetepheres I (c. 2600 BC). Statues seen on Cleopatra's barge are copies of one found in the tomb of Tutankhamun (c. 1330 BC).See more »
Quotes:
Marc Antony:This son of Caesar, does it upset you?
Caesar Augustus:No.
Marc Antony:You were so shut at the mouth just now one would think your words were are precious to you as your gold.
Caesar Augustus:Like my gold, I used them where they are worth most.
Marc Antony:Ah! And your virtue?
[Leans over to him]
Marc Antony:My friend has a friend.
Caesar Augustus:That too.
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FAQ

How does the movie end?
At Cleopatra's banquet upon her barge, why is Antony so angry at her entrance?
At the Battle of Actium, why would Antony, a skilled General on land battles, fight this particular battle on water?
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31 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
The Return Of The Queen, 31 March 2003
Author: MGMboy from San Francisco

That a film as good as CLEOPATRA is was created at all under the madness and panic of it's legendary production is indeed an amazing feat. That CLEOPATRA has been given such loving care in its restoration in this DVD of the "Road Show" print and the attendant bonus materials is a wondrous gift to those who love this film. The documentary, "Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood" is in on it's own an engrossing and informative two hour movie. For anyone who knows little of the history of CLEOPATRA, or who was not around at the time, this documentary will give them the feeling of what those last days of old Hollywood was like. And therein one can find the reasons why this intimate epic is indeed the wonder that it is. Many thanks should go to the Mankiewicz family and the producers of the documentary. The print and the sound of CLEOPATRA seems now to surpass what I recall it to be in its first presentation nearly forty years ago. The depth of the colors and the richness of the shadows are indeed splendid. In this restoration, it is hard to believe this film is as old as it is. The commentary track is in and of itself like finding the lost treasures of the long dead monarch. For there are wonderful recollections by Martin Landau, Tom and Chris Mankiewicz, and even the one of the films publicists Jack Brodsky gets to read sections from his book "The Cleopatra Papers" which gave a blow by blow description of everyday events on the set. But I must give special mention to Landau's part. With his keen eye for the art direction of John DeCuir one sees things in the background and along the edges of the scene that one never noticed before. Such lovingly detailed sets and interiors will never be seen again. The costs today are just too prohibitive. Also his insights into what was cut from the film, particularly his and Richard Burton's contributions in the second act give one the idea of what Mankiewicz was intending. Poor Richard suffered the unkindest cut of all. The presentation of the DVD menus is so clever and exotic. The creators of this DVD are to be commended in their art direction. At last we now know what is behind the massive 20th Century Fox logo!

The film itself remains what it has always been. It is a good film that might have been a great one if only Zanuck had trusted Joe Mankiewicz' original vision. It is said that they are still looking for the missing film; one can only hope that they succeed in this task. The performances range from good to excellent. Particular praise must go to Rex Harrison, Richard Burton, Martin Landau, Robert Stephens, Andrew Keir, and Roddy McDowall. Lastly in this department there remains Elizabeth Taylor's performance as Cleopatra. At the films release the brickbats were reserved for her and for reasons that had nothing to do with her performance. Many reviewed her behavior as seen through the narrow focus of the tabloids and emerging paparazzi. Even today it is sometimes hard to separate the history of the lady from her film roles. But here is the moment in time, in this film where she became the ELIZABETH TAYLOR she has remained in the mind of the world ever since. In this fact alone she is perfect in the role. But she is more than that. As Cleopatra she is at once regal and commanding, strong and tender, soft and hard. These are all the contradictions that have always been at the heart of Cleopatra herself. She and the Queen are masters of a public enigma wrapped within a mystery. In her performance as written by Mankiewicz Elizabeth Taylor is probably not too far off from the historical Cleopatra. Finally, ever since Judith Crist gave CLEOPATRA the needle in 1963 and in the act made her name, the public, for the most part, has viewed this film a failure. But today, stripped of the scandal, hype and hysteria of its release in June of 1963 it is now possible to view CLEOPARTA as the film it is. A near great film that is the signpost of when Hollywood passed from one age into another. Historically this is an important DVD and I recommend it highly. CLEOPATRA remains as seductive, beautiful, and intelligent as it was in Walter Wanger's original conception. "Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety."

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