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
In the U.S., this movie is widely considered a box-office flop. It performed surprisingly well in the U.S. home video market, so Warner Brothers asked Oliver Stone to make a fourth version, which became "Alexander: The Ultimate Cut". See more »
In the battle at Gaugeamela, the Persian army is wearing dark clothes. Their uniforms were yellow and light purple. See more »
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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The Director's Cut is 9 minutes shorter than the 175-minute theatrical version. It is a reworked version although seamless to many. 18 minutes were cut and 9 added. Many of the added or extended sequences involve Val Kilmer and Angelina Jolie's characters. The battle of Gaugamela now starts earlier. Taking a cue from classic movie epics, the opening reel now set up the basic themes with greater economy: Alexander's Oedipal relationship with his parents, Olympias' ambitions for her son, the boy's need to surpass his father, and the entirely natural way in which myth/religion is shown as integral to the ancients' behavior. Oliver Stone reworked the third act, too, juxtaposing events in India and Greece. Jolie's Olympias emerges now more as a genuinely pathetic figure in the whole tragedy. Ptolemy's final scene was edited. Stone also slightly reworked Alexander's death scene because of audience feedback, adding 17 seconds to the scene. See more »
Having names such Oliver Stone, Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell, Val Kilmer, Angelina Jolie, Christopher Plummer and Rosario Dawson in the cast; a great theme; and a huge budget, I could never expect that "Alexander" could be a boring movie. However, the screenplay is simply awful, showing a long and very confused story that looks like a soap-opera, with many stupid lines. The characters and situations are not well developed, and the viewer is frequently surprised with actions or reactions without any previous explanations. The fight scenes are ridiculously choreographed, being a bloody and messy collection of blurred short images. The camera uses close-up most of the times and countless number of cuts. Angelina Jolie speaks with a ridiculous accent and I do not know what the intention of such behavior is. The free exploitation of gays and homosexual situations shows clearly the intention of raising a polemic theme to get the spots of the media and call the attention of the public in general. The extended running time bothered my family and I, and we were anxiously waiting for the end of this crap. My vote is three.
Title (Brazil): "Alexandre"
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