Empire (2005)

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Epic four-hour series about the rise of Octavius who succeeds Julius Caesar and tangles with Marc Anthony for control of the Roman empire and finally went on to become the emperor Augustus.

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 Octavius (6 episodes, 2005)
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 Marc Antony (6 episodes, 2005)
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 Camane (6 episodes, 2005)
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 Brutus (6 episodes, 2005)
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 Tyrannus (6 episodes, 2005)
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 General Rapax (4 episodes, 2005)
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 Agrippa (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Cassius (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Fulvia (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Cicero (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Servilia (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Noella (3 episodes, 2005)
Ian Bartholomew ...
 Cimber (3 episodes, 2005)
Clive Riche ...
 Herteus (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Panza (3 episodes, 2005)
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 Atia (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Lucius (2 episodes, 2005)
Alan David ...
 Quinitilius (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Moira (2 episodes, 2005)
Fillipo Reda ...
 Piso (2 episodes, 2005)
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 Titiana (2 episodes, 2005)
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The story is set in Rome around 44 B.C., just after the assassination of Julius Caesar. Octavius, aged 17, who was named heir by Caesar, is challenged by Marc Anthony. A civil war ensues, ending in a showdown between Octavius and Marc Anthony. Written by Justine Lewis

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Lust, Power and the Epic Battle for Rome

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Action | Drama | History

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28 June 2005 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)
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(6 parts) | (DVD)

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1.78 : 1
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Victor Garber was the original casting choice for the role of Julius Caesar, but had to bow out, shortly before the show went into production. See more »

Goofs

During the final battle between Antony's and Octavius's armies, Tyranus removes two silver emblems from his chest to denounce Antony and fight for Octavius. In the next shot, they are there again. Later, they disappear once more. See more »

Quotes

[Caesar is dying]
Caesar: Protect him, protect my successor.
Tyrannus: Antony?
Caesar: No. Not Antony. Octavius. My sister's boy. He will save the dream of Rome, Tyrannus. Teach him to fight, teach him to rule.
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It's not history, it's entertainment!
6 July 2005 | by (Palos Verdes, CA) – See all my reviews

Other commentaries have criticized this series for its historical inaccuracies. Well, it was not presented as a documentary. The critical question in reviewing any film or mini-series is "Is it entertaining?" This series is entertaining. It is presented well. The sets are excellent. The acting is far better than most television fare. The two most engrossing character portrayals are Cassius (Michael Maloney) and Tyrannus (Jonathan Cake). Those two and some of the lesser roles carry the film. Cassius is the most believable villain since Hannibal Lecter. If you enjoy good acting, Mr. Maloney's performance alone makes the series worth watching. The central character, Octavius (Santiago Cabrera) is not strong enough to create an interest for the viewer, think of Colin Farrell in Alexander. The viewer will be far more concerned with the fate of Tyrannus than that of Octavius. Other performances are so strong as to emphasize the weakness of the lead. However, only the first three episodes have been shown to date, and at this point Octavius is only a 17-year-old kid. Perhaps the weakness is an actor's or director's choice and should not be mistaken as a weak performance. As the character grows into Augustus will the performance seem stronger? Time will tell. Until then, pop some corn and enjoy the entertainment.


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