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Cleopatra ()


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Queen Cleopatra of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.

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  • Won 4 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations.
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Cleopatra
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Mark Antony
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Julius Caesar
Pamela Brown ...
High Priestess
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Flavius
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Sosigenes
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Apollodorus
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Brutus
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Agrippa
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Rufio
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Octavian - Caesar Augustus
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Germanicus
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Eiras
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Pothinus (as Gregoire Aslan)
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Ramos
Herbert Berghof ...
Theodotos
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Phoebus
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Lotos (as Jacqui Chan)
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Charmian (as Isabelle Cooley)
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Achillas
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Canidius
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Cimber
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Cicero
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Cassius
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Euphranor
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Casca
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Pharaoh Ptolemy XIII
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Calpurnia
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Decimus
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Elisabeth Welch ...
Children's Nurse (scenesDeleted)
Vanoye Aikens ...
Dancer (uncredited)
John Alderson ...
Roman Officer (uncredited)
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1st Officer (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Audrey Anderson ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
María Badmajew ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Michèle Bailly ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Queen at Tarsus (uncredited)
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Egyptian Slave / Centurion (uncredited)
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Trombonist (uncredited)
Bruna Caruso ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Leo Coleman ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Titus (uncredited)
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One of Caesar's Entourage (uncredited)
Marie Devereux ...
Bacchanal Reveler (uncredited)
Peter Forster ...
2nd Officer (uncredited)
John Frederick ...
Captain Palace Guard (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
John Gayford ...
Guard (uncredited)
Peter Grant ...
Palace Guard (uncredited)
Rosalba Grottesi ...
Cleopatra's Servant (uncredited)
Rupert John ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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High Priest (uncredited)
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Agitator (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
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Senator (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
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Caesarion at Age 4 (uncredited)
Barry Lowe ...
Guard (uncredited)
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Octavia (uncredited)
Kathy Martin ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Luigi Martocci ...
Marcellus (uncredited)
Gesa Meiken ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Furio Meniconi ...
Mithridates (uncredited)
Simon Mizrahi ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Violeta Montenegro ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Boris Nacinovic ...
Gladiator (uncredited)
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Arachesilaus (uncredited)
Kenneth Nash ...
Caesarion at Age 12 (uncredited)
John R. Pepper ...
Caesarion (uncredited)
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Cleopatra's Servant (uncredited)
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Cleopatra's Servant (uncredited)
Del Russel ...
Caesarion at Age 7 (uncredited)
Sandra Scarnati ...
Cleopatra's Servant (uncredited)
Corinne Skinner-Carter ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Mike Steen ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
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Roman Officer (uncredited)
John Valva ...
Valvus (uncredited)
Meri Welles ...
Cleopatra's Handmaiden (uncredited)
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Narrator (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Written by

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz ... (screenplay) and
Ranald MacDougall ... (screenplay) and
Sidney Buchman ... (screenplay)
 
Plutarch ... (histories) and
Suetonius ... (histories) and
Appian ... (histories)
 
Carlo Maria Franzero ... (book "The Life and Times of Cleopatra") (as C.M. Franzero)
 
Ben Hecht ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Walter Wanger ... producer
Peter Levathes ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Alex North

Cinematography by

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Leon Shamroy ... director of photography
Jack Hildyard ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

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Dorothy Spencer
Elmo Williams ... (uncredited)

Editorial Department

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Leonard Doss ... color consultant

Production Design by

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John DeCuir ... (as John De Cuir)

Art Direction by

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Herman A. Blumenthal ... (as Herman Blumenthal)
Hilyard M. Brown ... (as Hilyard Brown)
Boris Juraga
Maurice Pelling
Jack Martin Smith
Elven Webb

Set Decoration by

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Paul S. Fox
Ray Moyer
Walter M. Scott

Costume Design by

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Vittorio Nino Novarese ... (costumes: men)
Renié ... (costumes: women) (as Renie)

Makeup Department

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Alberto De Rossi ... makeup artist (as Alberto de Rossi)
Vivienne Walker ... hair stylist: Miss Taylor (as Vivienne Zavitz)
Robert J. Schiffer ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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C.O. Erickson ... production manager
Forrest E. Johnston ... production manager
Saul Wurtzel ... production manager: second unit
Francisco Ariza ... production manager (uncredited)
Edward Joseph ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ray Kellogg ... second unit director
Andrew Marton ... second unit director
Fred R. Simpson ... assistant director
Richard Lang ... assistant director (uncredited)
Joe Marks ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Gerry O'Hara ... assistant director (uncredited)
Luciano Sacripanti ... assistant director (uncredited)
Mauro Sacripanti ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Alessandro Alberti ... set designer (uncredited)
José Algueró ... assistant set decorator: Spain (uncredited)
Bill Anderson ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Ferdinand Bellan ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Bill Bennison ... chief draughtsman: exteriors (uncredited)
John DeCuir Jr. ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Umberto Dessena ... construction carpenter (uncredited)
Don B. Greenwood ... second unit props (uncredited)
Harold Michelson ... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Giovanni Natalucci ... set designer (uncredited)
Massimo Palmieri ... construction manager (uncredited)
Don Picton ... assistant art director (uncredited)
Tony Teiger ... standby props (uncredited)
Italo Tomassi ... scene painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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James Corcoran ... sound recording supervisor
Bernard Freericks ... sound recordist
Fred Hynes ... sound recording supervisor
Murray Spivack ... sound recordist
Graham V. Hartstone ... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
John L. Mack ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Johnny Borgese ... special effects (uncredited)
William F. Mittlestedt ... mechanical effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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L.B. Abbott ... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. ... special photographic effects
Herbert Cheek ... miniatures supervisor (uncredited)
Ralph Hammeras ... matte artist (uncredited)
Joseph Nathanson ... matte artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Ray Austin ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Ken Buckle ... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Cooper ... stunts (uncredited)
Alberto Dell'Acqua ... stunts (uncredited)
Romo Gorrara ... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Herbert Nelson ... stunts (uncredited)
Miguel Pedregosa ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Powell ... stunts (uncredited)
Nosher Powell ... stunts (uncredited)
Doug Smith ... stunts (uncredited)
John Sullivan ... stunt double: Richard Burton (uncredited)
Larry Taylor ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Piero Portalupi ... photographer: second unit (as Pietro Portalupi)
Claude Renoir ... photographer: second unit
Bernie Abramson ... publicity photographer (uncredited)
Franco Di Giacomo ... camera operator (uncredited)
Gerry Elliott ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Gerry Fisher ... camera operator: UK (uncredited)
Sherman Kunkel ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bob Penn ... still photographer (uncredited)
Len Prout ... gaffer (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Stuart Lyons ... casting consultant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Irene Sharaff ... costumes: Elizabeth Taylor
Wah Chang ... special headresses (uncredited)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Ed Wynigear ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Lionel Newman ... associate conductor
Alex North ... conductor
Henry Brant ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Gozzo ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Uan Rasey ... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer ... orchestrator (uncredited)
David Tamkin ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Frank Khoury ... transportation (uncredited)

Other crew

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Hermes Pan ... choreographer
Bill Batchelor ... publicist (uncredited)
Patricia Beattie ... stand-in: Elizabeth Taylor (uncredited)
Marie Devereux ... photo double: Elizabeth Taylor (uncredited)
Geoff Freeman ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Emil Kosa Jr. ... main title sequence illustrations (uncredited)
Ralph M. Leo ... production accountant (uncredited)
Lucie Lichtig ... continuity (uncredited)
Rosemary Mathews ... production assistant (uncredited)
Elaine Schreyeck ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Shaun Whittacker-Cook ... model maker (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

In 48 B.C., Caesar pursues Pompey from Pharsalia to Egypt. Ptolemy, now supreme ruler after deposing his older sister, Cleopatra, attempts to gain favor with Caesar by presenting the conquerer with the head of Pompey, borne by his governors, Pothinos and Achillas. To win Caesar's support from her brother, Cleopatra hides herself in a rug, which Apollodorus, her servant, presents to Caesar. The Roman is immediately infatuated; banishing Ptolemy, he declares Cleopatra Egypt's sole ruler and takes her as his mistress. A son, Caesarion, is born of their union. Caesar, however, must return to Italy. Although he is briefly reunited with Cleopatra during a magnificent reception for the queen in Rome, Caesar is assassinated shortly thereafter, and Cleopatra returns to Egypt. When Mark Antony, Caesar's protégé, beholds Cleopatra aboard her elaborate barge at Tarsus some years later, he is smitten and becomes both her lover and military ally. Their liaison notwithstanding, Antony, to consolidate his position in Rome, marries Octavia, sister of the ambitious Octavian. The marriage satisfies no one. Cleopatra is infuriated, and Antony, tiring of his Roman wife, returns to Egypt. There he flaunts his liaison by marrying Cleopatra in a public ceremony. Sensing Antony's weakness, Octavian attacks and defeats his forces at Actium. Alarmed, Cleopatra withdraws her fleet and seeks refuge in her tomb. Written by alfiehitchie

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Also Known As
  • Cléopâtre (France)
  • Aiji yan hou (China, Mandarin title)
  • Cleópatra (Portugal)
  • Κλεοπάτρα (Greece)
  • Клеопатра (Russia)
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  • 192 min
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Box Office

Budget $31,115,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $71,777,778

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Trivia A clerical error by 20th Century-Fox probably cost Roddy McDowall a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for his performance in this film. The studio erroneously listed him as a leading player rather than a supporting one. When Fox asked the Academy to correct the error, it refused, saying the ballots already were at the printer. Fox then published an open letter in the trade papers, apologizing to McDowall: "We feel that it is important that the industry realize that your electric performance as Octavian in 'Cleopatra,' which was unanimously singled out by the critics as one of the best supporting performances by an actor this year, is not eligible for an Academy Award nomination in that category . . . due to a regrettable error on the part of 20th Century-Fox." See more »
Goofs When Caesar is saying goodbye to Cleopatra in Alexandria before sailing back to Rome, one of his aides hurries him by warning, "Caesar, I'm afraid the tides will soon be against you." In fact, Mediterranean has no tides, or more precisely, its tides are so minimal that they don't affect navigation. No ship sailing from a Mediterranean port would have to worry about catching a tide. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Marilyn: Something's Got to Give (1990). See more »
Quotes Cleopatra: How DARE you and the rest of your barbarians set fire to my library! Play conqueror all you want, Mighty Caesar! Rape, murder, pillage thousands, even millions of human beings! But neither you nor any other barbarian has the right to destroy one human thought!
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