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Julius Caesar (1953)

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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William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... Mark Antony
James Mason ... Brutus
John Gielgud ... Cassius
Louis Calhern ... Julius Caesar
Edmond O'Brien ... Casca
Greer Garson ... Calpurnia
Deborah Kerr ... Portia
George Macready ... Marullus
Michael Pate ... Flavius
Richard Hale ... Soothsayer
Alan Napier ... Cicero
John Hoyt ... Decius Brutus
Tom Powers ... Metellus Cimber
William Cottrell William Cottrell ... Cinna
Jack Raine ... Trebonius
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Storyline

Brutus, Cassius, and other high-ranking Romans murder Caesar, because they believe his ambition will lead to tyranny. The people of Rome are on their side until Antony, Caesar's right-hand man, makes a moving speech. The conspirators are driven from Rome, and two armies are formed: one side following the conspirators; the other, Antony. Antony has the superior force, and surrounds Brutus and Cassius, but they kill themselves to avoid capture. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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MGM's acclaimed production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,070,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,021,000, 31 December 1953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,920,000, 31 December 1953
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (original release)| Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White | Black and White (tinted) (1969 UK re-release)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Producer John Houseman had also produced a version of the play on Broadway in 1937 which had starred Orson Welles to great acclaim. The two had fallen out in the intervening years, so Welles was never considered for the movie. See more »

Goofs

Still inside Brutus' tent, the black jar on the table changes its place repeatedly between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Flavius: Hence! home, you idle creatures get you home:/ Is this a holiday? what! know you not,/ Being mechanical, you ought not walk/ Upon a labouring day without the sign/ Of your profession? Speak, what trade art thou?
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Alternate Versions

Also shown in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Version of World Theatre: Julius Caesar (1959) See more »

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An excellent film
18 May 1999 | by critic-2See all my reviews

This production stands as a shining example of how a big Hollywood studio, in this case M-G-M, can make a great Shakespeare film, cast it intelligently, and still end up with box-office names. No less than five Hollywood stars - Marlon Brando, James Mason, Deborah Kerr, Greer Garson, and Edmond O'Brien, are in this film (although two of them have barely five minutes of screen time) and the entire cast gives fine performances.

James Mason, who actually has the leading role of Brutus (despite the fact that Brando gets top billing) is excellent, giving a conscience-stricken, restrained performance--he even LOOKS the way one likes to imagine that Brutus must have looked. Marlon Brando reminds us of what a brilliant actor he once was--for an actor who deliberately stayed away from Shakespeare, his performance is remarkable--and every word he says is understandable. This film was the great John Gielgud's first chance to immortalize one of his great roles on film and to show movie audiences what made him such a renowned Shakespearean actor---his Cassius is full of envy that seems about to boil over any minute. Louis Calhern, a rather hammy villain in other films, is subtly unsympathetic, yet vulnerable as Julius Caesar. The photography is fine and completely unobtrusive---as is the music; director Mankiewicz has filmed the play without resorting to any gimmicks or cheap "Hollywoody" stunts,and the adaptation is so faithful that no one gets on screen credit for it.

Who cares about historical inaccuracies when you can see a great play as well acted as this one?


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