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Caesar (2002)

Julius Caesar (original title)
Twenty-year-old Julius Caeser flees Rome for his life during the reign of Sulla, but through skill and ambition rises four decades later to become Rome's supreme dictator.

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Uli Edel
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Sisto ... Gaius Julius Caesar
Richard Harris ... Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Christopher Walken ... Marcus Portius Cato
Valeria Golino ... Calpurnia
Chris Noth ... Pompey (as Christopher Noth)
Pamela Bowen ... Aurelia
Heino Ferch ... Vercingetorix
Tobias Moretti ... Caius Cassius
Samuela Sardo Samuela Sardo ... Cleopatra
Daniela Piazza Daniela Piazza ... Cornelia
Nicole Grimaudo ... Julia
Sean Pertwee ... Labienus
Ian Duncan ... Marcus Brutus
Kate Steavenson-Payne ... Portia
Paolo Briguglia Paolo Briguglia ... Marcus Portius
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Epic look at Julius Caesar, Rome's last dictator, whose death also signaled the end of the Roman Republic. Chronicles his campaigns in Gaul and Egypt, his rivalry with General Pompey, and his eventual assassination at the hands of Brutus and Cassius. Written by Ronos

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Feared by enemies. Betrayed by friends.


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Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, and some sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Netherlands | Italy | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Last on-screen appearance of Richard Harris. See more »

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Julius Caesar married Cornelia in 83 BCE and their daughter Julia was born that year or in 82 BCE. As the movie starts in 82 BCE with Sulla establishing his dictatorship, she should not be depicted as a young girl of about 9 years. See more »

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They came to praise Caesar, then bury him...
30 June 2003 | by lyonessNYCSee all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Roman history. I'm also a big fan of Richard Harris, Christopher Walken, Chris Noth, and any number of the interesting actors in this production. But that fandom was not enough to make me really love this uneven, choppy, and incredibly inaccurate portrayal of Julian Rome. Was this *supposed* to be "Julius Caesar, the Good Parts Version* (*with just enough bad left in to make him seem human and not perfect)" ?

It felt like the writers desperately wanted to make Caesar a good guy and not deserving of the murder plot ultimately hatched against him on the Ides of March. Don't get me wrong -- Julius Caesar had many good points and did a lot for history. But he was also a womanizer, despotic at times, and many other sins too numerable to mention in this review, any of which make more sense as to why the Senate would want to murder him than the reasons shown in this miniseries.

That is the worst crime in this series, I fear -- it makes no sense as to why so many would hate him enough to murder him. What they showed was he was doing many *good* things for Rome, with a few mistakes (like his affair and child with Cleopatra) thrown in to make him look a bit more human.

Anyway. I enjoyed parts of this mini-series. Ultimately, I was disappointed on both a historical level and a dramatic level. The second part felt extremely choppy, and the last 45 minutes were extremely rushed -- they HAD to get Caesar to the Senate so they could stab him, after all, of course they had to rush. IMHO, better to have taken an extra hour or two to tell the tale properly than to try to fit it into the time they allowed.

Hmmm...and thinking on it, this miniseries was decidedly written by someone who adored Caesar, and preferred to praise him, not to bury him.


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