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Julius Caesar (1950)

The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Antony
Grosvenor Glenn Grosvenor Glenn ... Cassius
Harold Tasker Harold Tasker ... Julius Caesar
David Bradley David Bradley ... Brutus
Bob Holt ... Octavius Caesar (as Robert Holt)
Theodore Cloak Theodore Cloak ... Emil Lepidus
Frederick Roscoe Frederick Roscoe ... Decius
Walter Hardy Walter Hardy ... Cimber
Arthur Sus Arthur Sus ... Cinna
Cornelius Peeples Cornelius Peeples ... Popilius
Alfred Edyvean Alfred Edyvean ... Flavius
John O'Leary John O'Leary ... Marullus
Homer Dietmeier Homer Dietmeier ... Artemidorus
Don Walker Don Walker ... Soothsayer
Russell Gruebner Russell Gruebner ... Cinna-the poet
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The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.

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Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1953 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Iulius Cezar See more »

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Budget:

$11,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Avon Productions (II) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This marked the first time Charlton Heston would play Marc Antony. He would do so again twice more, in Julius Caesar (1970) and in Antony and Cleopatra (1972), which he also directed. See more »

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Caesar, Chicago Gangster?
13 September 2006 | by steven-222See all my reviews

Back in the 1930s, a reporter named Wallace Irwin wrote a hard-boiled mystery novel spoof called THE JULIUS CAESAR MURDER CASE, in which Caesar and his cronies behaved and talked like cut-throat gangsters...which, when you think about it, they were. I kept thinking of Irwin's novel as I watched this black-and-white low-budget oddity from 1950, which was filmed in Chicago at various sites that double quite well for ancient Rome. The look is ancient, but the actor's accents could be straight out of an old James Cagney or Edward G.Robinson gangster movie. With that in mind, this movie provides yet another interesting take on one of the best plays ever written: Shakespeare's Caesar is the first and greatest Godfather of them all.

This movie marks the first of many appearances in loincloth by Charlton Heston (aged 25), who reprised the role of Antony in the 1970s all-star version, and again played Antony in his own movie adaptation of ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA. The role fits him like a glove.

There's also a small appearance by Jeffrey Hunter, who speaks a few lines and has some close-ups as a plebeian in the crowd reacting to the speeches by Brutus and Antony.

All in all, a worthwhile curiosity for anyone interested in pioneering independent film, Shakespeare movies, or the career of Charlton Heston.


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