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Alexander the Great (1956)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 31 August 1956 (France)
The life and military conquests of Alexander III of Macedon (July 20/21, 356 - June 10/11, 323 B.C.), commonly known as Alexander the Great.

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Robert Rossen

Writer:

Robert Rossen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... Alexander
Fredric March ... Philip of Macedonia
Claire Bloom ... Barsine
Barry Jones ... Aristotle
Harry Andrews ... Darius
Stanley Baker ... Attalus
Niall MacGinnis ... Parmenio (as Niall Macginnis)
Peter Cushing ... Gen. Memnon
Michael Hordern ... Demosthenes
Marisa de Leza ... Eurydice (as Marisa De Leza)
Gustavo Rojo ... Cleitus
Rubén Rojo ... Philotas (as Ruben Rojo)
Peter Wyngarde ... Pausanias
Helmut Dantine ... Nectenabus
William Squire ... Aeschenes
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An epic movie that follows the life of Alexander the Great, the Macedonian King that conquered all of the ancient Greek tribes and led the Macedonian Army against the vast Persian Empire. Alexander conquered most of the then known world and created a Greek empire that spanned all the way from the Balkans to India. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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The colossus who conquered the world! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexander der Große See more »

Filming Locations:

Estudios CEA, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print) | (Turner Library Print)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Average Shot Length (ASL) = 7 seconds (two hour and fifteen minute version). See more »

Goofs

When the Macedonian horsemen attack Darius' soldiers, one of the spear tips clearly bends in a way that shows it to be made of rubber. See more »

Quotes

Aristotle: Wonders are many, but none is more wonderful than man himself.
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Alternate Versions

Original theatrical version ran 147 min. (according to the BBFC database). For unknown reasons the film was cut down at a later time to its current running time of 136 min. All US and European DVD releases include this shorter version. It is rumored that the Spanish VHS release includes the complete version. See more »

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Version of Alexander (2004) See more »

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Tedious
24 December 2001 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

I think Rossen tried simultaneously to condense Alexander's adventurous life into a two-hour movie AND to present a revisionist and thoughtful take on the character of that famous historical figure...but it didn't quite work. Narrative omissions aside (where is the middle of the three major battles that Alexander fought against the Persians?), it is a tedious epic with unimpressive battle scenes and, yes, too much talk. Burton is badly miscast as Alexander; he looks too old, especially in the early scenes when he's supposed to be a teenager(!), and lacks the proper athleticism. This would earn two stars for the production values alone, but read a book on the subject instead.


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