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Julius Caesar (1953)

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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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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.


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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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

John Gielgud (Cassius) later played the title character in Julius Caesar (1970). See more »

Goofs

A well-known bust of the Emperor Hadrian is prominently seen during the early dialog between Cassius and Brutus and, later, at Brutus' villa (both Cassius and Portia actually touch them). Hadrian wasn't Emperor for more than 120 years after the time in which the film takes place. 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

In 1969, re-released in a tinted black and white version. See more »

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A must for Shakespeare fans, but...
8 January 2001 | by quin1974See all my reviews

I am certainly a fan of the bard's work. Therefor I was pleasantly surprised to see this movie and hear that it was almost the complete original text they used for the dialogue. Without subtitles it was a chore to keep up with, but when you do you are in for a treat.

This classic tale of politics, treachery, love and death was performed to perfection by people such as Marlon Brando (Marc Antony), John Gielgud (Cassius, delivering a powerhouse performance as usual), James Mason (Brutus). I was thrilled by the fact that this movie was produced so lavishly and yet so humble. It never made the mistake, like Cleopatra, to depict the scenes too grand. It all stayed very natural and believable. Of course there must be historical inaccuracies in this story, but was Braveheart so accurate. I think when you start watching a movie written by the Shakespeare you shouldn't expect a documentary on the life of Julius Caesar but a lyrical tale about ancient political Rome.

The photography was great, with its glorious Black and White footage.

Although the text can be offputting for some who are not at the least a bit interested in the language the Bard wrote in.

A must for Shakespeare fans.

8/10


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