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Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

Approved | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 6 September 1946 (USA)
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At the height of the Roman Civil War, a young Cleopatra meets a middle-aged Julius Caesar, who teaches her how to rule Egypt.

Director:

Gabriel Pascal

Writers:

George Bernard Shaw (scenario) (as Bernard Shaw), George Bernard Shaw (dialogue) (as Bernard Shaw)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claude Rains ... Caesar
Vivien Leigh ... Cleopatra
Stewart Granger ... Apollodorus
Flora Robson ... Ftatateeta
Francis L. Sullivan ... Pothinus
Basil Sydney ... Rufio
Cecil Parker ... Britannus
Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell ... Lucius Septimius
Anthony Eustrel ... Achillas
Ernest Thesiger ... Theodotus
Anthony Harvey ... Ptolemy
Robert Adams Robert Adams ... Nubian Slave
Olga Edwardes Olga Edwardes ... Cleopatra's Lady Attendant
Harda Swanhilde Harda Swanhilde ... Cleopatra's Lady Attendant
Michael Rennie ... 1st. Centurion
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Storyline

Cleopatra hasn't been on the throne of the pharoahs of Egypt very long when Julius Caesar pays a visit. Caesar finds the prospect of romance more tempting than he expected, since Cleopatra is a rare woman who is bright as well as beautiful. And for Cleopatra, a friendly relationship with the most powerful man in the world may pay dividends in the future. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caesar and Cleopatra See more »

Filming Locations:

Egypt See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,278,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,905,000, 31 December 1945

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,705,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Encore-Action Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shares roughly three cast members that would attend the most densely packed (U.K. non-Award), celebrity event "Save the Rose Theatre" campaigns, public PR day, May 1989. See more »

Goofs

About halfway through when the Romans are marching through the streets on their way to the courtyard, the drummers all have drums with modern-day Batter-King skins. See more »

Quotes

Julius Caesar: What's the matter?
Cleopatra: You're bald! That's why you wear the wreath!
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Ranks with Pygmalian as a Shaw film classic
19 October 2000 | by audioengSee all my reviews

Shaw was a wonderful historian with a deadly eye for irony. Claude Rains brings off Caesar with withering poise and breezy wit, standing tall above the flashing eye of an Egyptian hurricane named Cleopatra (Vivien Leigh). Caesar's aide-de-camp is an affable bear of a man named Rufio (Basil Sydney), who mainly just keeps his eye on Caesar. Cleopatra is likewise sheltered by her scheming counselor Ftatateeta (Flora Robson), a name that not even Caesar can pronounce. Character actor Cecil Parker as Britannus adds quaintness and serendipity to an already splendid alchemy of spotty characters. The film moves by turns through a narrow skein of classical history as the reliquarian Egyptian world gives way to a streamlined Roman one. Along the way, we witness the contending parties encompassed and entangled in a delightful pantheon of wit, irony, satire, morals, manners, and adventure. Overall, a tremendously facile projection of one of England's sharpest satirical voices, G.B. Shaw.


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