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Antony and Cleopatra (1974)

After the murder of her lover Julius 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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Jon Scoffield

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Johnson ... Marc Antony
Janet Suzman ... Cleopatra
Rosemary McHale Rosemary McHale ... Charmian
Mavis Taylor Blake Mavis Taylor Blake ... Iras
Darien Angadi Darien Angadi ... Alexas
Sidney Livingstone Sidney Livingstone ... Mardian
Geoffrey Hutchings Geoffrey Hutchings ... A Fig Seller
Loftus Burton Loftus Burton ... Diomedes
Lennard Pearce ... Cleopatra's Schoolteacher
Joseph Charles Joseph Charles ... Cleopatra's Messenger
Tony Osoba ... Cleopatra's Servant
Douglas Anderson Douglas Anderson ... Cleopatra's Eunuch
Michael Egan Michael Egan ... Cleopatra's Eunuch
Paul Gaymon Paul Gaymon ... Cleopatra's Eunuch
Wendy Bailey Wendy Bailey ... Servant
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After the murder of her lover Julius 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Antonios kai Kleopatra See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

One of the last made-for-television Shakespeare adaptations (to date) to have its American premiere on commercial network television. Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1968), made for movie theaters, was telecast by ABC in 1980, but the only other made-for-television Shakespeare adaptation to have its American premiere on commercial television since 1975 has been the syndicated telecast of Sir Laurence Olivier's King Lear (1983), which was shown on American television in 1984, after premiering in England in 1983. See more »

Quotes

Marc Antony: I am dying, Egypt, dying.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits, rather than being listed in order of prominence, by appearance, or alphabetically, are divided into three sections: "With Cleopatra played by Janet Suzman were:", "With Antony played by Richard Johnson were:", and "With Octavius Caesar played by Corin Redgrave were:" See more »

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Defined Shakespeare
31 March 2000 | by bongozSee all my reviews

I was in high school when I saw this version of "Antony and Cleopatra" on the short-lived, occasional "ABC Theatre" on the US ABC television network. I had read Shakespeare in English Literature class, of course, and had even attended some local productions of Shakespeare plays, but seeing this production totally changed my view of the Bard, even theatre in general. This was the first time I ever watched a play and felt as if I was watching something real, viewing snippets of life in progress. The actors weren't mouthing lines and feigning emotions - they were real and they believed, and that made me believe as well.

Perhaps the intervening years have affected my memory, dimming the details, but I cannot forget the awe I felt watching Patrick Stewart's Enobarbus. When I had read the play in school, Enobarbus was a minor character, and his speeches weren't important. Stewart's performance changed that. Now the role was central, and his descent from cheer to madness was a mirror of his world. Cleopatra's knowing chuckle as she spoke of her "salad days" was a lament as well a whimsey.

At that age, I may have been ripe for a change in my world view, but I cannot deny that it was "Antony and Cleopatra" that provided it. Ever since I have compared my response to a performance to that I felt from this production. Patrick Stewart has certainly gone on to "bigger and better" things in the last quarter century, but for me he'll always be Enobarbus, the man who defined Shakespeare for me.


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