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Princess Cleopatra becomes Egypt's Queen and has an out-of-wedlock son with the son-less Roman ruler Julius Ceasar. Through two romances, she strives to protect Egypt from the Romans, and make her son the heir to Ceaser's Roman Empire.
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Series cast summary:
Nadim Sawalha ...  Mardian 2 episodes, 1999
Owen Teale ...  Grattius 2 episodes, 1999
Philip Quast ...  Cornelius 2 episodes, 1999
Daragh O'Malley ...  Ahenobarbus 2 episodes, 1999
Bruce Payne ...  Cassius 2 episodes, 1999
Sean Pertwee ...  Marcus Brutus 2 episodes, 1999
David Schofield ...  Casca 2 episodes, 1999
Kassandra Voyagis ...  Arsinoe 2 episodes, 1999
Indra Ové ...  Charmian 2 episodes, 1999
Josephine Amankwah Josephine Amankwah ...  Iris 2 episodes, 1999
Caroline Langrishe ...  Calpurnia 2 episodes, 1999
Elisabeth Dermot Walsh ...  Octavia 2 episodes, 1999
Ralph Brown ...  Guevarius 2 episodes, 1999
James Cosmo ...  Agrippa 2 episodes, 1999
Denis Quilley ...  Negotiator Senator 2 episodes, 1999
James Saxon James Saxon ...  Pothinus 2 episodes, 1999
Amina Annabi ...  Jehosheba 2 episodes, 1999
Oded Fehr ...  Egyptian Captain 2 episodes, 1999
Stephen Jenn Stephen Jenn ...  Nakht 2 episodes, 1999
Ashley L. Clark Ashley L. Clark ...  King Ptolemy - 12 yrs 2 episodes, 1999
Alexandar Francis-Lynch Alexandar Francis-Lynch ...  Ptolemy Caesar - 6yrs 2 episodes, 1999
Michael Francis-Lynch Michael Francis-Lynch ...  Ptolemy Caesar - 3yrs 2 episodes, 1999
Omid Djalili ...  Storemaster 2 episodes, 1999
Andrew Peisley Andrew Peisley ...  Cavalryman 2 episodes, 1999
Tim Barlow Tim Barlow ...  Elderly Senator 2 episodes, 1999
Antony Bunsee ...  Ship's First Mate 2 episodes, 1999
Ace Bhatti ...  Sceptical Citizen 2 episodes, 1999
Stephen Giffin Stephen Giffin ...  Victor 2 episodes, 1999
Mark Delafield Mark Delafield ...  Suetonius 2 episodes, 1999
Mark Hill Mark Hill ...  Dionysios 2 episodes, 1999
Matthew Bartlett Matthew Bartlett ...  Theocritus 2 episodes, 1999
Richard Armitage ...  Epiphanes 2 episodes, 1999
Naim Khan Turk Naim Khan Turk ...  Eos 2 episodes, 1999
Simone Harper Simone Harper ...  Wet Nurse 2 episodes, 1999
Karim Doukkali Karim Doukkali ...  Egyptian General 2 episodes, 1999
Patrick Gordon Patrick Gordon ...  Assassin 2 episodes, 1999
Simon De Selva Simon De Selva ...  Egyptian Admiral 2 episodes, 1999
Bouchra Ababsa Bouchra Ababsa ...  Belly Dancer 2 episodes, 1999
Carlton Headley Carlton Headley ...  Nubian Guard 2 episodes, 1999
Trevor Lovell Trevor Lovell ...  Nubian Guard 2 episodes, 1999
John Bowe ...  Rufio 2 episodes, 1999
Art Malik ...  Olympos 2 episodes, 1999
Timothy Dalton ...  Julius Caesar 2 episodes, 1999
Rupert Graves ...  Octavian 2 episodes, 1999
Leonor Varela ...  Cleopatra 2 episodes, 1999
Billy Zane ...  Marc Antony 2 episodes, 1999


Princess Cleopatra becomes Egypt's Queen and has an out-of-wedlock son with the son-less Roman ruler Julius Ceasar. Through two romances, she strives to protect Egypt from the Romans, and make her son the heir to Ceaser's Roman Empire.

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Release Date:

23 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cleopatra See more »

Filming Locations:

Agadir, Morocco See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


| (3 episodes) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Surround)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


It's barely noticeable, but in Part 1, when the Roman who had stolen grain, was brought in front of Cleopatra, she is holding the Crook and Flail. In the close up views she is holding Them correctly, with the open end of the Crook up. In the farther away views, it is held with curved end still Linking up, the opened side is pointing downward. See more »


Octavian was actually not in Rome when Caesar was murdered. He only returned to Rome when told of Caesar's death. See more »


Cleopatra: Divorce your wife! Marry me and name Caesarion your one true heir!
Julius Caesar: No! Caesarion is my son. Octavian is my heir.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD version is uncut and contains a little over 30 minutes of scenes not included on the VHS version. See more »


References Ben-Hur (1959) See more »

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Cleopatra (1999)
7 November 2005 | by Boromir007See all my reviews

According to the budget most of the TV-films have, I should tell that Martin Hitchcock did some great work as production designer and Enrico Sabbatini created some convincing costumes. David Connell his cinematography is sometimes breathtaking, but in the scenes on water it sometimes looks very fake, a pity. The action has its moments, but don't expect to much of it, especially the special effects are quite weak. But that is not really a failure because they probably did not have enough money for spectacular battle scenes. The main character Cleopatra is portrayed by Leonor Varela, she isn't bad and performed some good dialogs, but she does have a few very mediocre appearances. The first half of the film focuses on the relationship of the Egyptian quine and Julius Caesar. Timothy Dalton is as usual impressing. And although he played better roles in his wonderful career he gives an interesting interpretation of the Roman conqueror. The second part concerns about Cleopatra her interferences in the Roman civil war between Marc Antony and Octavian, both strong performances by Billy Zane and Rupert Graves. The most interesting supporting roles were Olympos (Art Malik), Brutus (Sean Pertwee) and Rufo (John Bowe). They did some good work with those roles, but Kassandra Voyagis (as Arsinoe, sister of Cleopatra) is painful to watch, she is a disturbing factor, and the actors appear to act more relaxed and with more confidence when her character isn't around anymore. This production outreaches the standard quality of an OK TV-film. And although there are some disappointing shots I think it is worth to watch, just do not be in the mood for a great epic adventure with tons of spectacle. Remember it is made for television.

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