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Cleopatra -- The story of Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt who wants to stabilize her power by using the tensions in the Roman Empire.
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Cleopatra -- Cleopatra summons Caesar to her quarters to demand her throne back.
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Writers:
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screenplay) and
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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 & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An amazing film See more (177 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)
Maureen Lane ... Minor Role (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
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)
 
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
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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-16 | 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:
When Joseph L. Mankiewicz was tapped to direct, he was working on adapting Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria quartet novels.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: The elaborate fanfares heard are not possible using simple valveless instruments.See more »
Quotes:
[Last lines. Following Cleopatra's suicide]
Agrippa:Was this well done of your lady?
High Priestess:Extremely well. As befitting the last of so many noble rulers.
Narrator:[Repeating the previous lines] And the Roman asked, "Was this well done of your lady?" And the servant answered, "Extremely well. As befitting the last of so many noble rulers."
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Elizabeth Taylor: A Tribute (2011) (TV)See more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
At Cleopatra's banquet upon her barge, why is Antony so angry at her entrance?
Why is Flavius, Caesar's servant, a mute?
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38 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
An amazing film, 27 November 2001
Author: hamlet-16 from Melbourne, Australia

Cleopatra is a film of myths.

A massively troubled production combined with the extraordinary love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton made for plenty of hype.

But what really matters nearly 40 years on is the film itself.

At this distance it is possible to see the film for what it is. A grand example of the final flowering of Hollywood.

In 1963 it seemed old fashioned compared to the excitement of European cinema and what the critics perceived as new (many of their favourite films of that era now just seem dated and pretentious).

But Cleopatra grows in stature with time.

It is far from flawless. And certainly the second half is somehow not right. Whether the missing two hours will reclaim this part of the film is yet to be seen.

But compared with Gladiator or similar modern epics, Cleopatra is a brilliant film with an intelligent script, stunning design, masterly and beautiful cinematography in 70mm (which sure beats 35mm and does justice to the intricate sets and design), an evocative and effective musical score and superb costumes and makeup.

The big three, Taylor, Burton and Harrison are extremely good and in the case of Harrison, who has many of the best lines, brilliant.

The supporting cast and especially Roddy McDowall are equally excellent.

Cleopatra may not be a masterpiece but it is a superbly crafted and beautiful film.

If it fails, it fails because of our expectations.

Sit back, put your feet up and luxuriate in a quality of film-making that you simply don't see today! .... but I have always wondered what Miss Taylor thinks of this extraordinary film?

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