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Antony and Cleopatra (1972)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 18 March 1972 (Japan)
After the murder of her lover Caesar, Egypt's queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor: Octavius.

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Charlton Heston

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Charlton Heston (adapted for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Marc Antony
Hildegard Neil Hildegard Neil ... Cleopatra
Eric Porter ... Enobarbus
John Castle ... Octavius Caesar
Fernando Rey ... Lepidus
Carmen Sevilla ... Octavia
Juan Luis Galiardo ... Alexas
Freddie Jones ... Pompey
Enrique Alba Enrique Alba ... Maestro (as Alba)
Peter Arne ... Menas
Luis Barboo ... Varrius
Fernando Bilbao Fernando Bilbao ... Menecrates
Warren Clarke ... Scarus
Roger Delgado ... Soothsayer
Julian Glover ... Proculeius
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After the murder of her lover Caesar, Egypt's queen Cleopatra needs a new ally. She seduces his probable successor Mark Antony. This develops into real love and slowly leads to a war with the other possible successor: Octavius.

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Drama | History

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UK | Spain | Switzerland

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English

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18 March 1972 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

...am Anfang war das Schwert - Antony und Cleopatra See more »

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Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)
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Mono | 70 mm 6-Track

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Charlton Heston apparently took the lead role in MGM's Skyjacked (1972) so that they would allow him to use footage from Ben-Hur (1959) for his battle scenes. See more »

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Version of Antony and Cleopatra (1908) See more »

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Still waiting for a proper release on DVD
29 March 2010 | by raymond-andreSee all my reviews

Heston managed to "open up" the play without losing the intimacy of the love story. The stately epic lives side by side with the intense love story. When the wounded Antony looks up to Cleopatra's tomb and cries "I am dying Egypte, dying!" I got it. The passions of such great leaders shake nations to their core.

This one is about Heston, on the verge of losing his matinée idol status by 1974 but with the acting seasoning of more than two decades. He tackles Shakespeare and brings his own experiences of filming Julius Ceasar, El Cid and Ben Hur to the table.

It is a labour of love indeed, but also one of determination. Bravo! Still waiting for the DVD with plenty of extras. This film deserves to be re-visited by scholars.


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