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4 January 1975 (USA) See more »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Richard Johnson ... Marc Antony

Janet Suzman ... Cleopatra
Rosemary McHale ... Charmian
Mavis Taylor Blake ... Iras
Darien Angadi ... Alexas
Sidney Livingstone ... Mardian
Geoffrey Hutchings ... A Fig Seller
Loftus Burton ... Diomedes
Lennard Pearce ... Cleopatra's Schoolteacher
Joseph Charles ... Cleopatra's Messenger

Tony Osoba ... Cleopatra's Servant
Douglas Anderson ... Cleopatra's Eunuch
Michael Egan ... Cleopatra's Eunuch
Paul Gaymon ... Cleopatra's Eunuch
Wendy Bailey ... Servant
Madelaine Bellamy ... Servant
Edwina Ford ... Servant
Amanda Knott ... Servant
Joe Rock ... Servant
Gito Santana ... Servant
Nicholas McArdle ... King
Derek Wright ... King
Frederick Radley ... King
Norman Caro ... King
Richard Young ... King

Patrick Stewart ... Enobarbus

Constantine Gregory ... Ventidius (as Constantin De Goguel)

William Morgan Sheppard ... Scarus (as Morgan Sheppard)

Joseph Marcell ... Eros (as Joe Marcell)
Jonathan Holt ... Dercetas
Chris Jenkinson ... Silius (as Christopher Jenkinson)
John Bott ... A Soothsayer
Robert Oates ... 1st Watchman
Arthur Whybrow ... 2nd Watchman
Michael Radcliffe ... 3rd Watchman
Geoffrey Greenhill ... Soldier
William Thomas ... Soldier (as William Huw-Thomas)
David Janes ... Soldier
Jeremy Pearce ... Soldier
Mark Sheridan ... Soldier

Corin Redgrave ... Octavius (Augustus Caesar)
Raymond Westwell ... Lepidus
Mary Rutherford ... Octavia
Philip Locke ... Agrippa
Derek Godfrey ... Macenas

Ben Kingsley ... Thidias
Martin Milman ... Dolabella

Tim Pigott-Smith ... Proculeius
Keith Taylor ... A Messenger
Thomas Chesleigh ... Gallus
Desmond Stokes ... Taurus
Alan Foss ... A Senator
John Bardon ... Demetrius
Peter Godfrey ... A Sentry
Malcolm Kaye ... A Guard
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Directed by
Jon Scoffield 
 
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William Shakespeare  play

Original Music by
Guy Woolfenden 
 
Production Design by
Michael Bailey 
 
Art Department
Colin Harris .... production buyer
Christopher Morley .... consultant production designer
Terry Royce .... stand-by propsman
 
Stunts
B.H. Barry .... fights
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Grant .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ann Curtis .... costume design consultant
 
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Trevor Nunn .... director of stage production (uncredited)
 

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161 min
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One of the last made-for-TV Shakespeare adaptations (to date) to have its American premiere on commercial network television. Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet (1968), made for movie theaters, would be telecast by ABC in 1980, but the only other made-for-TV Shakespeare adaptation to have its American premiere on commercial television since 1975 has been the syndicated telecast of the Laurence Olivier King Lear (1983) (TV), which was shown on American television in 1984, after premiering in England in 1983.See more »
Quotes:
Enobarbus:Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Antonius und Cleopatra (1963) (TV)See more »

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None better for Shakespeare's play, 9 September 2008
Author: tonstant viewer

No, if you want spectacle, get the Taylor/Burton and forget about Shakespeare. This DVD wins on the Royal Shakespeare Company's deep bench and Trevor Nunn's meticulous direction. All do well with the verse, and there is none of the glaring miscasting that strangles the BBC version from 1981.

Richard Johnson was briefly married to Kim Novak. He also turned down the role of James Bond because he didn't want to be trapped in a long term contract. Here he hides his good looks behind a thick beard, and if he is not as grand as Antony might be, he's certainly got most of it right. Janet Suzman braves the considerable difficulties of Cleopatra without ever becoming unbearable, which you can't say of her competition. Octavius is played by Corin Redgrave, who once again projects his father's perpetual air of irritable grievance minus the family charm.

Patrick Stewart as Enobarbus pounds his competition to dust, and Ben Kingsley and Tim Pigott-Smith in minor roles are testimony to the strength of the company. Philip Locke and Derek Godfrey also make strong impressions.

This version is shot entirely in a TV studio, now a lost and unfamiliar art form. There are virtually no constructed sets. The actors are usually in limbo, with perhaps some waving gauzes, or diffusion on the lens. This may confuse some viewers who need literal settings, but it frees the rest of us to concentrate on the people, the plot and the poetry. Shakespeare is not about architecture; the movies do that better.

Until the Caedmon audio recording with Anthony Quayle and Pamela Brown resurfaces, this DVD is the best way to absorb a packaged version of Shakespeare's play.

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