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Caesar and Cleopatra (1976)

Julius Caesar's arrival in Egypt proves more than interesting to the beautiful Cleopatra, ambitious sister to the boy pharaoh.

Director:

James Cellan Jones

Writers:

Audrey Maas (adaptation), George Bernard Shaw (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Guinness ... Julius Caesar
Geneviève Bujold ... Cleopatra
Margaret Courtenay ... Ftatateeta
Iain Cuthbertson ... Rufio
Noel Willman ... Pothinus
David Steuart David Steuart ... Theodotus
Gareth Thomas ... Achillas
Michael Bryant ... Britannus
Clive Francis ... Apollodorus
Jolyon Bates Jolyon Bates ... Ptolemy
Roy Stewart ... Nubian Slave
Matthew Long Matthew Long ... Wounded Soldier
Michael Poole Michael Poole ... Centurion
Neville Phillips Neville Phillips ... Major-Domo
Ludmilla Nova Ludmilla Nova ... Charmian
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Julius Caesar's arrival in Egypt proves more than interesting to the beautiful Cleopatra, ambitious sister to the boy pharaoh.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hallmark Hall of Fame: Caesar and Cleopatra (#25.4) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Southern Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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28 April 2012 | by fubared1See all my reviews

This is not (as indicated by another reviewer) a BBC production, but a 'Hallmark Hall of Fame' American production (though there are no Americans in the cast). I'm not familiar with the original play, but it's obvious, considering Shaw's tendencies to be verbose and long-winded, it has been seriously edited. The performances of the 2 leads are excellent as usual. I have always found Bujold eminently watchable, though Shaw was something of a misogynist when writing female roles, and Guiness is Guiness. Unfortunately the rest of the cast is not up to their standards. The play itself has little to do with historical fact (Cleo did in fact sire a child by Caesar). If you wish to see this, it available on youtube.


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