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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 & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Film Of Two Halves See more (176 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)
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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)
 
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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

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Trivia:
The film's initial North American box-office take was $48 million, the highest-grossing film of the year. Fox's share of the receipts was $26 million, half of the total production costs. The film eventually recouped its budget through worldwide box office receipts and television sales, but the studio had to cut costs drastically to survive. the studio managed to stay afloat with the success of The Longest Day (1962). Twentieth Century-Fox then invested in the The Sound of Music (1965), which became the most financially successful film ever at that time, turning the studio's finances around.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Cleopatra's boat approaches the shore, the white translucent curtains are pulled open. In a view from the shore, they are still closed.See more »
Quotes:
Flavius:I've always loved you.
Cleopatra:And I have always known.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Best of John Belushi (1985) (V)See more »

FAQ

What happened to Caesarion?
At the Battle of Actium, why would Antony, a skilled General on land battles, fight this particular battle on water?
Why is Flavius, Caesar's servant, a mute?
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68 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
A Film Of Two Halves, 2 November 2005
Author: no-skyline from London, England

First of please note this is a review of the recent restored DVD version of the film not the savagely cut older version of the film.

Having watched the documentary on this film it seems amazing this film was ever completed how the director managed to get anything even vaguely coherent to the screen is a minor miracle in itself. Cleopatra is a luscious period epic and it's clear no expense was spared on either scenery or costumes, gorgeous to look at but somehow unsatisfying at the end. The movie seems to lose it's way half way through as Rex Harrison departs so for me does the quality of this movie.

It's difficult to tell whether this is due to over the top performances from Taylor and Burton or the forced cuts to reduce the running time. Roddy McDowell is the highlight of the 2nd half of the film and i'm sure Joaquin Phoenix must have researched his role for Gladiator here, McDowell's Octavian is chilling in the extreme. But the rest of the 2nd half of the movie descends into melodrama, where the 1st gave us the excellent Harrison restrained and regal as Ceaser the 2nd gives us real life lovers Burton and Taylor locked in an over-acted doomed romance. But throughout the film there are supporting actors giving first class performances that without the cuts would be interesting to see Martin Landau, Andrew Keir, Hume Cronyn and George Cole all have their moments it's just a shame there aren't more of them.

If I could split my vote over the two halves of the movie the first half would get 9/10 the 2nd 6/10 as I can't I'm going with a 7/10 overall.

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