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Alexander (2004)

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Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.


Oliver Stone
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hopkins ... Old Ptolemy
David Bedella ... Scribe
Jessie Kamm ... Child Alexander
Angelina Jolie ... Olympias
Val Kilmer ... Philip
Fiona O'Shaughnessy ... Nurse
Connor Paolo ... Young Alexander
Patrick Carroll Patrick Carroll ... Young Hephaistion
Brian Blessed ... Wrestling Trainer
Peter Williamson ... Young Nearchus
Morgan Christopher Ferris ... Young Cassander
Rob Earley ... Young Ptolemy (as Robert Earley)
Aleczander Gordon ... Young Perdiccas
Christopher Plummer ... Aristotle
Gary Stretch ... Cleitus
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Conquering ninety percent of the known world by the age of twenty-five, Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell) led his armies through twenty-two thousand miles of sieges and conquests in just eight years. Coming out of tiny Macedonia, Alexander led his armies against the mighty Persian Empire, drove west to Egypt, and finally made his way east to India. This movie concentrated on those eight years of battles, as well as his relationship with his boyhood friend and battle mate, Hephaistion (Jared Leto). Alexander died young, of illness, at the age of thirty-two. Alexander's conquests paved the way for the spread of Greek culture (facilitating the spread of Christianity centuries later), and removed many of the obstacles that might have prevented the expansion of the Roman Empire. In other words, the world we know today might never have been if not for Alexander's bloody, yet unifying, conquest. Written by austin4577@aol.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Warrior. King. Lover. Seeker. Conqueror. Savior. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This movie almost never made it to theaters in Greece. A group of Greek lawyers tried to ban this movie on the grounds that writer and director Oliver Stone was denigrating the figure of Alexander the Great by making reference to his bisexuality. This movie ultimately got a theatrical release in Greece, where it premiered at number one. See more »


Many scenes were reordered in the "Final Cut." For example, Alexander's childhood is seen in flashback, not at the beginning in chronological order. However, the end credits are the same, so the list of actors "in order of appearance" is inaccurate. See more »


[first lines]
Old Ptolemy: Our world is gone now. Smashed by the wars. Now I am the keeper of his body, embalmed here in the Egyptian ways. I followed him as Pharaoh, and have now ruled 40 years. I am the victor. But what does it all mean when there is not one left to remember - the great cavalry charge at Gaugamela, or the mountains of the Hindu Kush when we crossed a 100,000-man army into India? He was a god, Cadmos. Or as close as anything I've ever seen.
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Alternate Versions

In November 2012, Stone revealed that he was working on a fourth cut of the film. This time around he would remove material again, as he felt he had added in too much in "Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut". Stone's fourth version is titled "Alexander - The Ultimate Cut" and 206 minutes long. It premiered on 3 July 2013 at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and Stone swore that no more versions will follow. It was released on BluRay in the USA on 3 June 2014 as the 'Tenth Anniversary Edition'. See more »


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Historical and breathtaking epic movie but overlong and a little bit boring
28 January 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Historic , big-budgeted , mammoth rendition and enormous epic movie with stunningly staged battle scenes, but overlong , as it lasts too much , around three hours , and a little boring pacing ; this one being professionally directed by Oliver Stone (2003) . Being previously adapted by Robert Rossen with Richard Burton as Alexander , Danielle Darrieux , Harry Andrews , Peter Cushing , and Fredric March as Philip II as King of Macedonya . The movie centers Alexander the Great (Colin Farrell) , the famous Greek conqueror of the fourth century and disciple of Aristoteles , he was born in Pella and died Babylone (356-323 B.C) . It starts the year 326 B.C. in a divided , troubled , bloody Greece . Alexander was son of Philip II (Val Kilmer) , King of Macedonya , who vanquished Greeks in Queronea , unified the cities and Greece in the league of Corinto , but he died cruelly murdered . Olimpya (Angelina Jolie who is less than a year older than Farrell) , Alexander's mother , will stop at nothing to rule over for her son and proclaim him King . Alexander , disciple of Aristoteles (Christopher Plummer) , will fight the Persians commanded by Dario III who will be vanquished in Granico , Issos and Gaugamela . Starting in 334 B.C., Alexander crossed into Asia on his eleven-year conquest of the known world . From his conquests of Egypt , creating Alexandria as capital , to battles with the Persians and the capture of Babylon and Persepolis that he fired , operations near Samarcanda and in Afghanistan, and pushing all the way to India where he reigned unchallenged . Emperor Alexander will marry a Babylonian princess (Rosario Dawson) and later on , he will arrive in Samarcanda and Khiver pass (Afganistan) . In India he was infected by fevers and he died suddenly at 33 years old (323 before Christ) . The empire will split amongst various generals : Ptolemy (Anthony Hopkins) , Antioco , Seleuco , among others.

Big budget epic about the legendary Greek conqueror . Here we find Alexander is the result of a dysfunctional royal family who wishes create an idealized world modeled in Greek style , this he does by conquering all around the world before dying at 33 years old . The overall casting is important , the remarkable main cast include prestigious players as well as a notorious plethora of secondary actors . The great main and secondary casting help in overcoming the sluggish developing . Film runtime results to be overlong and a bit tiring, because of it goes on for three hours and some , and it tires too much . At the picture there are historic events , overwhelming battles , spectacular scenarios and gorgeous landscapes . First-rate production design : temples , palaces, monuments.., the battles are very well staged by a cast of thousands and other scenarios by means of computer-generator special effects . The motion picture obtained enough success at box office , it was a real blockbuster but achieved more hit-smash in Europe than the United States where had gotten awful critics . Riveting and colorful cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto , similar to extraordinary and fascinating Vangelis' musical score . Oliver Stone direction is good , though a bit confusing and embarrassing . Rating : 6 , acceptable and passable .

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Release Date:

24 November 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office


$155,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,687,087, 28 November 2004

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (Director's Cut) | (Final Cut) | (Ultimate Cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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