Cleopatra (1999)

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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cleopatra, the famed Egyptian Queen born in 69 B.C., is shown to have been brought by Roman ruler Julius Caesar at age 18. Caesar becomes sexually obsessed by the 18 year old queen, beds her, and eventually has a son by her. However, his Roman followers and his wife are not pleased by the union. In fact, as Caesar has only a daughter by his wife, he had picked Octavian as his successor. The out-of-wedlock son of Cleopatra is seen to be a threat to his future leadership. Thus Brutus and other Roman legislators plot the assassination of Caesar. Caesar's loyal general, Marc Antony, and Octavian then divide up the Roman empire. Antony takes Egypt and soon takes up the affair with Cleopatra. However, Octavian soon launches an attack on Antony and ultimately defeats and mortally wounds him. Rather than permitting herself to be humiliated by Octavian, Cleopatra sends her son away to India and she commits suicide by permitting the deadly asp to bite her. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Passion. Power. Betrayal. See more »

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Cleopatra actually had two brothers, Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy XIV, both of whom she was married to. Ptolemy XIII was her first brother/husband, but with the help of Pothinus, forced Cleopatra to flee Egypt with their sister Arsinoe. Caeser, who at this point was already Cleopatra's lover, reinstated her to the throne. However, Ptolemy XIII allied himself with Arsinoe against the pair, but Roman reinforcements forced them to flee the city, and Ptolemy XIII drowned attempting to cross the Nile in 47 BC, aged around 14-15. Cleopatra was then married to her second brother/husband, Ptolemy XIV, who was co-ruler with her (though she retained the power) until shortly after the death of Caesar, when he died (possibly murdered) at the age of about 15 and was replaced with Cleopatra's 3-year-old son Caesarion (Ptolemy XV). See more »

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Cleopatra: Divorce your wife! Marry me and name Caesarion your one true heir!
Julius Caesar: No! Caesarion is my son. Octavian is my heir.
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Misses the mark...
14 November 2010 | by (Chicago IL) – See all my reviews

This Hallmark TV version of the Cleopatra tragedy has all of the trappings of Egypt, and the technology to boot. But it falls short in its delivery, and it's just simply not convincing. It is tough to get actors to play "sword and sandal" flicks with credibility. "Gladiator" probably stands out as the best of the fairly recent vintage. Comparing this film to Liz Taylor and Dick Burton is not fair...there simply is NO comparison, and it does not approach the level of the 1963 movie. However, the sets and the cinematography are absolutely fantastic. If you can sit through a dreadful portrayal of Cleopatra, you may become engaged- if not completely entertained. I do not recommend that you watch this film...unless, of course, you are inclined to do so. It would be best to have the 1963 version on hand, so you can make comparisons.


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