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Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 6 September 1946 (USA)
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At the height of the Roman Civil War, a young Cleopatra meets a middle-aged Julius Caesar, who teaches her how to rule Egypt.

Director:

Gabriel Pascal

Writers:

George Bernard Shaw (scenario) (as Bernard Shaw), George Bernard Shaw (dialogue) (as Bernard Shaw)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claude Rains ... Caesar
Vivien Leigh ... Cleopatra
Stewart Granger ... Apollodorus
Flora Robson ... Ftatateeta
Francis L. Sullivan ... Pothinus
Basil Sydney ... Rufio
Cecil Parker ... Britannus
Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell ... Lucius Septimius
Anthony Eustrel ... Achillas
Ernest Thesiger ... Theodotus
Anthony Harvey ... Ptolemy
Robert Adams Robert Adams ... Nubian Slave
Olga Edwardes Olga Edwardes ... Cleopatra's Lady Attendant
Harda Swanhilde Harda Swanhilde ... Cleopatra's Lady Attendant
Michael Rennie ... 1st. Centurion
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Storyline

Cleopatra hasn't been on the throne of the pharoahs of Egypt very long when Julius Caesar pays a visit. Caesar finds the prospect of romance more tempting than he expected, since Cleopatra is a rare woman who is bright as well as beautiful. And for Cleopatra, a friendly relationship with the most powerful man in the world may pay dividends in the future. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Days of magnificent adventure... nights of maddest revelry... a temptation in Technicolor! See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caesar and Cleopatra See more »

Filming Locations:

Egypt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,278,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,905,000, 31 December 1945

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,705,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Encore-Action Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Uncredited theatrical movie debut of Peter Bayliss (Aide to Mithridates). See more »

Goofs

About halfway through when the Romans are marching through the streets on their way to the courtyard, the drummers all have drums with modern-day Batter-King skins. See more »

Quotes

Julius Caesar: Go, Ptolemy. Always take a throne when it is offered to you.
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Featured in Great Performances: Laurence Olivier: A Life (1983) See more »

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A forgotten classic...
12 September 1999 | by ValenceWSee all my reviews

This movie is one of my favourites of all time. It portrays Julius Caesar in his later years, not as a lusting powermonger, but as a wise and benevolent dictator...tired of blood and betrayal and wishing for a brighter vision of humanity. Claude Raines gives a brilliant performance of Caesar as a dreamer, while Viven Leigh perfectly portrays the naieve yet devious young Cleopatra with her usual believability and vigor. No big explosions...no horrific violence...just a wonderfully entertaining and thoughtful film. A definate classic...not to be missed, especially if you are a fan of the costume and elegance of this period of movie.


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