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Julius Caesar (1970)

The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar, but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.

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Stuart Burge

Writers:

Robert Furnival (adaptation), William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlton Heston ... Mark Antony
Jason Robards ... Brutus
John Gielgud ... Julius Caesar (as Sir John Gielgud)
Richard Johnson ... Cassius
Robert Vaughn ... Casca
Richard Chamberlain ... Octavius Caesar
Diana Rigg ... Portia
Christopher Lee ... Artemidorus
Jill Bennett ... Calpurnia
Derek Godfrey Derek Godfrey ... Decius Brutus
David Dodimead David Dodimead ... Lepidus
Michael Gough ... Metellus Cimber
David Neal ... Cinna the Conspirator
Preston Lockwood Preston Lockwood ... Trebonius
John Moffatt ... Popilius Lena
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Storyline

The growing ambition of Julius Caesar (Sir John Gielgud) is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus (Jason Robards, Jr.). Cassius (Richard Johnson) persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony (Charlton Heston). Written by GusF

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1970 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Julius Caesar See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Theatrical movie debut of Christopher Cazenove (Servant to Antony). See more »

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During the murder in the Senate, the blood on Gaio Giulio Cesare's face shifts position, color, and at times entirely disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Julius Caesar: Let me have men about me that are fat; Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o' nights. Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.
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Version of BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: Julius Caesar (1951) See more »

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Egomania part deaux
17 July 2013 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

Like another reviewer stated, this is a respectable but highly flawed film adaptation of the play "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar". The performances are respectable enough, depending on the actor one references. Charlton Heston does a great job, but Robards performance as Brutus doesn't weigh in until about half way through the drama, and seems to be a little undirected for the first half of the play. It seems like a lot of the money that went into this project went into paying the actors' salaries, for the art direction gets the period wrong in several places, and puts Marc Antony's famous speech on an indoor set instead of an outdoor plaza as was meant.

The most jarring for the military afficionados is the inappropriate armor and armament for the soldiers. The generals wear naval hats, and the armor is some kind of mish mash from other periods in history. I can only guess that this was done because the director liked the style (which was common for this period in film making for Hollywood to take such atrocious liberties with history).

It's worth it for seeing Chuck Heston's Marc Antony, but the version with Marlon Brando some yhears earlier (shot in black and white) is the one to see.

For all it's flaws, and there are many, this 1970 version staring Heston is worth a look. Heston plays Marc Antony as a passionate loyalist who seethes with the angst of betrayal, and does an ecellent job of it. Gielgud's Julius Caesar is solid, but I think the audience deserved someone with more gravitas and "a martial countenance", to borrow from the language of the time.

See it once.


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