Cleopatra Movie Review 1963

Information and Film Reviews for Cleopatra the Movie

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And we thought DeMille's version was extravagant. After the death of Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, becomes infatuated with Mark Antony. Costly four-hour epic functions like a blimp-sized, multi-colored sleeping tablet. Historical characters are utterly dwarfed by the film's massive scope, and audiences are benumbed by a spectacle of crowd scenes and opulent, grotesque interiors. Taylor looks and often acts like a sex bomb ruler, while Harrison has some notion of Caesar's majesty. Burton, however, is hopelessly wooden. Hard to believe this came from director Mankiewicz.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 246 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Egypt--Ancient, Big-Budget Bombs, Royalty, Historical Romance, Rome--Ancient, Religious Epics, Femme Fatale, Wonder Women, Top Grossing Films of 1963, Screen Teams: Burton & Taylor
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Roddy McDowall, Martin Landau, Pamela Brown, Michael Hordern, Kenneth Haigh, Andrew Keir, Hume Cronyn, Carroll O'Connor
Leon Shamroy
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Alex North
20th Century-Fox, Walter Wanger


Oscars 1963: Art Dir./Set Dec., Color, Color Cinematog., Costume Des. (C), Visual FX; Natl. Bd. of Review 1963: Actor (Harrison).

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