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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 (Vivien Leigh) meets a middle-aged Julius Caesar (Claude Rains), 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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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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 (as Antony Eustrel)
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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Cleopatra (Vivien Leigh) hasn't been on the throne of the Pharaohs of Egypt very long when Julius Caesar (Claude Rains) 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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Trivia

Gabriel Pascal went to Egypt to collect sand to get the right color. See more »

Goofs

Caesar refers to his nose as "rather long" and "a Roman nose," but the idea of a "Roman nose" was not introduced until almost 150 years later, when the Emperor Hadrian erected statues of his favorite, Antinous, throughout the Empire (where many of the people had never seen a Roman), and Antinous's long nose was taken as typical of Romans (even though Antinous was a Greek). See more »

Quotes

Julius Caesar: And so to the end of history, murder shall breed murder, always in the name of right, and justice, and peace, until the gods create a race of men that can understand.
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits cast list finishes with And The Crowd. See more »

Connections

Featured in Larry and Vivien: The Oliviers in Love (2001) See more »

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Vivien Leigh is Cleopatra!
16 October 1999 | by chunsickSee all my reviews

The film overall is slow and laborous but Vivien's performance as Cleopatra is sublime. I wish she was the only cast member! Her range is incredible from a young, playful kitten of a queen to a dignified ruler of Egypt.

Seeing Vivien in full Cleopatra garb is breath-taking! She raises beauty to a different level.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Egypt See more »

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Budget:

GBP1,278,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (Encore-Action Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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