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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.


Certificate:

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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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

The one scene in the play involving Cinna the Poet, in which he is mistaken for Cinna the Conspirator and killed by the angry mob, was filmed but deleted before release. See more »

Goofs

During Mark Antony's soliloquy over Caesar's corpse at the foot of the statue, the corpse can clearly be seen breathing. 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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Marlon Brando was the film...
20 April 2006 | by dglova519See all my reviews

A solid film. Well executed, good actors, good script (obviously), but yes it is slow. Marlon Brando, who played Julius Caesar's right-hand man, excelled as character Marc Antony. The most notable part scene of this film was very after Julius was murdered by Brutus and the conspirators. Marc Antony's "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" speech was perfectly executed, and it is my favorite Marlon Brando moment (behind Godfather). Rent this film, and even if this film was a flawless gem, I would still suggest the work on paper by Shakespeare first. I also suggest James Mason, who stars as Brutus in the film. He played the role of Brutus extremely well and my hat's off to him. You need patience for a film like Julius Caesar, one of my favorite's of 1953.


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