CLEOPATRA (Released to Theaters USA 1963)


Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.5|5.0 Starsìììì

 Cleopatra—classic epic—works for its watch and does not disappoint. The grandiose stage settings, scenery, and massive display of movie extras remind audiences of what epics were like 60 years ago. It is worth watching just for that, but it follows through with a terrific historical story of high-level political intrigue and how that drives relationships between leaders of nations. It surprisingly becomes an educational watch that delves into the intrigue behind the Ides of March, the ‘Et tu Brutus’ meme, and the dangers of moving against the understanding of the masses as they are manipulated. lt shows how land-trained military perform when asked to fight on water. The movie has an intermission after Rex Harrison’s scenes and although he seems suitable for this film, the second half of the movie has deeper feelings between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. WOW! What an interesting film to see! Know this film is over 4 hours in length. It serves as a great addition to the home video library. 

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An Egyptian Queen plots to increase her power through strategic manipulation of Roman leaders. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Joseph Mankiewicz for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Walter Wanger for making the film possible. Cast includes Hume Cronyn, Cesare Danova, Kenneth Haigh, and Roddy McDowall 

Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. Watch for the interesting casting of a young Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes (1968)). The movie works at the grandiose level and well emphasizes the power of emperors and their military.

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