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Imperium: Augustus (2003)

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Caesar Augustus tells of how he became the emperor to his reluctant daughter, Julia following the death of her husband Agrippa.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vittoria Belvedere ...
Russell Barr ...
Iullus Antonius
Valeria D'Obici ...
Riccardo De Torrebruna ...
Vanni Materassi ...
Elena Ballesteros ...
Gérard Klein ...
Julius Caesar (as Gerard Klein)


In 42 BC Rome is in the middle of a civil war. Together with his friend AGRIPPA, the young Augustus goes to Spain in order to help JULIUS CAESAR in his struggle against the troops of POMPEY. Even though they are outnumbered, they manage to defeat Pompey. Caesar honours his adopted son Augustus with a triumphal entry into Rome and then sends him to Greece together with his friends Agrippa and Maecenas. There, Augustus hears the news of Caesar's assassination and he returns to Rome with his friends. Back in Rome, he is able to gain both the support of the people and political power. In his struggle with the conspirators against Caesar he finds an ally in MARC ANTONY. Marc Antony not only pursues BRUTUS and CASSIUS, he also initiates a wave of executions which practically eliminates the old Roman ruling class. Among those who are killed is the husband of LIVIA DRUSILLA, a woman with whom Augustus had been in love as a young man. Through a combination of good luck and chance, Augustus and... Written by Anonymous

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As the empire kneeled in defeat, one man stood in triumph. See more »


Drama | History | Romance | War

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Rated R for some war violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 November 2003 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Augustus  »

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Did You Know?


Peter O'Toole and Charlotte Rampling have previously appeared together in The Far Side of Paradise (1976), where they also played a married couple. See more »


When Agrippa, Octavius and Maecenas are hiding in a fish cart, someone taps the side on the cart so they know when to climb out but Agrippa tells Maecenas to hurry before they're seen. As they are climbing out, two crew members can be seen holding the sides still to stop the three men falling over. See more »


Augustus: Livia, when did you stop loving me?
Livia: My love hasn't... Died, exactly. It's just evolved.
Augustus: Into what?
Livia: Duty.
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Very enjoyable indeed and highly recommended
16 March 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is based on the life and achievements of the first emperor of Rome, Augustus, the adopted son of Julius Caesar. Augustus, a fascinating and controversial man, may have been the most important figure in Roman history. Through his long life (63 B.C. - A.D. 14) and deeds, the failing Republic became an empire which endured for centuries, thus preserving and advancing the civilization of the day.

Particularly noteworthy is an outstanding performance by Peter O'Tool as Augustus, possibly his best, both captivating and very enjoyable indeed. The film brought to life the struggle that civilization faced to survive against threats from all sides. Peter O'Tool masterfully uses a full repertoire of emotions to tell the story of Augustus as he seeks to preserve his Rome.

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