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Alexander the Great (1956)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 31 August 1956 (France)
The life and military conquests of Alexander III of Macedon (July 20/21, 356 - June 10/11, 323 B.C.), commonly known as Alexander the Great.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... Alexander
Fredric March ... Philip of Macedonia
Claire Bloom ... Barsine
Barry Jones ... Aristotle
Harry Andrews ... Darius
Stanley Baker ... Attalus
Niall MacGinnis ... Parmenio (as Niall Macginnis)
Peter Cushing ... Gen. Memnon
Michael Hordern ... Demosthenes
Marisa de Leza ... Eurydice (as Marisa De Leza)
Gustavo Rojo ... Cleitus
Rubén Rojo ... Philotas (as Ruben Rojo)
Peter Wyngarde ... Pausanias
Helmut Dantine ... Nectenabus
William Squire ... Aeschenes


An epic film that follows the life of Alexander the Great, the macedonian king that conquered all ancient greek tribes and led macedonian army against the vast Persian Empire. Alexander conquered most of the then known world and created a greek empire that spanned all the way from the Balkans to India. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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The colossus who conquered the world! See more »


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Release Date:

31 August 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexander der Große See more »

Filming Locations:

Estudios CEA, Madrid, Spain See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(TCM print) | (Turner Library Print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peter Wyngarde originally tested for the lead role of Alexander, but ended up in the smaller role of Pausanias. See more »


Both Alexander and Aristotle are seen with books bound in the modern way. At this time all books were in scroll form. See more »


Olympias: [rocking the infant Alexander in his cradle ] Alexander... Alexander... Achilles, too, was born of a god... and at his birth, it was foretold that he would be greater than his father... and he was*. And this destiny shall be yours too, Alexander...
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Alternate Versions

German version, which is based on the already shorter version, was heavily edited (ca. 23 minutes) at the time of its release. Even the DVD, instead of a subtitled more complete version, contains the edited version. See more »

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Lavish and dramatic epic about the greatest conqueror being spectacularly filmed in Spain
3 August 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Historic , big-budgeted and breathtaking epic movie with stunningly battle scenes but overlong and a little boring pacing ; being subsequently remade by Oliver Stone (2003) in a mammoth version. The movie centers about Alexander the Great (Richard Burton at his stormy best and subsequently played by Colin Farrell) , the famous Greek conqueror of the fourth century and disciple of Aristoteles , he was born in Pella and died Babylone (356-323 B.C) . He was son of Philip II(Fredric March and posteriorly played by Val Kilmer) King of Macedonya who vanquished Greeks in Queronea , unified the cities and Greece in the league of Corinto, but he was murdered . It starts the year 326 B.C. in a divided , troubled , bloody Greece . Olympia (a delightful Danielle Darrieux , ulterior role by Angelina Jolie), Alexander's mother , will make it impossible to rule over for her son and proclaim him emperor . Alexander, disciple of Aristoteles (Barry Jones , subsequent role by Christopher Plummer), will fight against Persians commanded by Dario the Grat (Harry Andrews) who will be vanquished in Granico, Issos and Gaugamela. Alexander conquered Tracia , destroyed Tebas , submitted Capadocia, Lydia , Biblos , Sidon , Tiro , Jerusalen , Persepolis , Susa , Babylone (with firing included), Mesopotamia , Asyria and founded Alexandropolis . Alexander resolved the Gordian knot (by king Gordio) whose prophecy would become him as King of Asia . But a vengeful Alexander kills various friends and generals as Cleitos (Gustavo Rojo) , Parmenius (Niall MacGuinnis) and Philotas (Ruben Rojo) . Emperor Alexander married Babylonian princess named Roxana and arrived in Samarcanda, Khiver pass (Afganistan) , Hifasis and India , crossed the Hindo-Kush where he was infected by fevers and died at 33 years old (323 before Christ). The empire will split amongst various generals : Ptolemy inherits Egypt and Palestina, ; Antioco : Antioquia ; Seleuco takes Syria , and Casandro rules over Macedonia and Greece .

Big budget epic about the legendary Greek conqueror . Here we find Alexander is the result of a dysfunctional royal family who wishes to create an idealized world modeled in Greek style , this he does by conquering around the world before dying at the age of 33 years old. The overall casting is important , the remarkable ¨middle order actors¨ include prestigious British actors as Peter Cushing , Stanley Baker , Niall MacGuinnis , Claire Bloom, , Michael Hordern as Demosthenes , Helmut Dantine , Barry Jones and Spanish actors as Marisa De Leza as Euridice , Gustavo Rojo , Ruben Rojo , Julio Peña , Virgilio Texeira and many others . The great main and secondary casting help to overcome the sluggish developing . Runtime film is overlong and is a little bit tiring because the running is two hours and some and it tires too much. At the picture there are historic events, overwhelming battles, spectacular scenarios and gorgeous landscapes . First rate production design : impressive temples, palaces, monuments..,the several battle scenes are effectively staged by thousands of people , featuring loads of arrows and spears . Grateful acknowledge meant is made of the co-operation shown by the Spanish government , its Army, the Ministry of Information and Turismo and to the officials and people of the various localities in Spain in which this film was made as Madrid , Manzanares , El Molar and Malaga. Colorful and riveting cinematography by Robert Krasker , in Techniclor and Cinemarcope ; similarly to extraordinary and fascinating Mario Nascimbene's music score , being well conducted by Franco Ferrara . Robert Rossen's direction is nice though some moments results to be a bit confusing and embarrassing . Rating : Although is a much underrated epic turns out to be a good movie .

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