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In 1963, this colossal and opulent $60 million spectacular was epic in every sense of the word -- an epic investment, an epic in the annals of Hollywood gossip, and, ultimately, an epic flop that nearly dragged 20th Century Fox down the Nile along with Cleopatra's barge. Handsomely mounted by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who replaced Rouben Mamoulian as director after six days of shooting), the drama follows the eighteen tumultuous years that led to the founding of the Roman Empire. Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor) meets up with Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison) and plans to lure Caesar to her boudoir in order to forge an alliance with Rome so that she may hold on to her Egyptian empire. When Caesar is stabbed to death in the Roman Senate, Cleopatra is left without an ally, and Egypt is up for grabs. When Roman general Mark Antony (Richard Burton) comes along, she seduces him in order to make him over into her new protector. But, under the charms of Cleopatra, Mark Antony is reduced from a an awesome and dominating general to a sniveling, drunken wimp. At the Battle of Actium, Mark Antony is defeated and Cleopatra withdraws her troops, dooming Mark Antony and his army. With Egypt in peril, Antony and Cleopatra, the doomed lovers, meet each other for the last time, as the enemy forces close in. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:June 12, 1963

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Maurice Pelling Best Color Art Direction 1963 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ray Moyer Best Color Art Direction 1963 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alex North Best Original Score 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dorothy Spencer Best Editing 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Irene Sharaff Best Color Cinematography 1963 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leon Shamroy Best Color Cinematography 1963 Winner
National Board of Review Rex Harrison Best Actor 1963 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Rex Harrison Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rex Harrison Best Actor 1963 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Roddy McDowall Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Scott Best Color Art Direction 1963 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Martin Smith Best Color Art Direction 1963 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hilyard M. Brown Best Color Art Direction 1963 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Joseph L. Mankiewicz Best Director 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Herman A. Blumenthal Best Color Art Direction 1963 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Renie Best Color Costume Design 1963 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Walter Wanger Best Picture - Drama 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Wanger Best Picture 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Boris Juraga Best Color Art Direction 1963 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Elven Webb Best Color Art Direction 1963 Winner

Cast

Elizabeth Taylor
as Cleopatra
Richard Burton
as Marc Antony
Rex Harrison
as Julius Caesar
Roddy McDowall
as Octavian
Pamela Brown
as High Priestess
Martin Landau
as Rufio
George Cole
as Flavius
Hume Cronyn
as Sosigenes
Kenneth Haigh
as Brutus
Andrew Keir
as Agrippa
Robert Stephens
as Germanicus
Francesca Annis
as Eiras
Gregoire Aslan
as Pothinos
Martin Benson
as Ramos
Herbert Berghof
as Theodotus
Jacqui Chan
as Lotos
Isabelle Cooley
as Charmian
John Doucette
as Achillas
Andrew Faulds
as Canidius
Michael Gwynn
as Cimber
John Hoyt
as Cassius
Marne Maitland
as Euphranor
Carroll O'Connor
as Casca
Gwen Watford
as Calpurnia
Douglas Wilmer
as Decimus
Marina Berti
as Queen at Tarsus
John Karlsen
as High priest
Loris Loddi
as Caesarion, at age four
Jean Marsh
as Octavia
Gin Mart
as Marcellus
Furio Meniconi
as Mithridates
Kenneth Nash
as Caesarion, at age twelve
Del Russell
as Caesarion, at age seven
John Valva
as Valvus
Finlay Currie
as Titus
Marie Devereaux
Peter Forster
as 2nd Officer
Jeremy Kemp
Laurence Naismith
as Archesilaus
Michele Bally
Cesare Danova
as Apollodorus
John Cairney
as Phoebus
Michael Hordern
as Cicero
Cesare Danova
as Apollodorus
John Cairney
as Phoebus
Peter Forster
as 2nd Officer
Laurence Naismith
as Archesilaus
Finlay Currie
as Titus

Crew

Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Director
Walter Wanger
Producer
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Screenwriter
Sidney Buchman
Screenwriter
Ranald MacDougall
Screenwriter
Leon Shamroy
Cinematographer
Alex North
Composer (Music Score)
Lionel Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Dorothy Spencer
Editor
Jack Martin Smith
Art Director
Maurice Pelling
Art Director
Elven Webb
Art Director
Hilyard M. Brown
Art Director
Herman A. Blumenthal
Art Director
Boris Juraga
Art Director
Walter Scott
Set Designer
Ray Moyer
Set Designer
Renie Conley
Costume Designer
David Berman
Costume Designer
Irene Sharaff
Costume Designer
Hermes Pan
Choreography
C.O. Erickson
Production Manager
Shaila Rubin
Dialogue Coach
Lucie Lichtig
Continuity
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