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Antony and Cleopatra (1972)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | 18 March 1972 (Japan)
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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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Charlton Heston

Writer:

Charlton Heston (adapted for the screen by)
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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 ... 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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Charlton Heston wanted to cast Diana Rigg, who had co-starred with him in Julius Caesar (1970), as Cleopatra. See more »

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Features Ben-Hur (1959) See more »

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A film that will grow on you
23 January 2009 | by XlegionSee all my reviews

When I first saw this film I liked it very much except for Hildegard Neils performance as Cleopatra. I guess the Liz Taylor version is hard to forget. But this is Shakespeare and Ms. Neil handles the part very well.

After repeated viewings, I have come around. Mr. Heston was correct in his casting. Neils Cleopatra is convincing. You can't have Antony interested in a wimpy love sick girl. This Cleopatra "acts" and gets angry, sullen and has a range of emotions. You could see why Antony would be attracted to her over the sedate but beautiful Octavia.

This is a terrific film and grossly under rated. It was restored by Fraser Heston's company in 2005 but I have yet to see it's release on DVD.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

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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