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Cleopatra

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Cleopatra


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Cleopatra tries to increase her power with help from the Roman Empire. Both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony fall for her. After Caesar's death Cleopatra seduces Mark Antony, but the couple soon face certain doom.
Title: Cleopatra
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. :, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc.,, [2006]
Edition: Special ed. widescreen.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 248 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1963.
Special features: audio commentary by Jack Brodsky, Martin Landau, Chris Mankiewicz and Tom Mankiewicz.
Summary: Cleopatra tries to increase her power with help from the Roman Empire. Both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony fall for her. After Caesar's death Cleopatra seduces Mark Antony, but the couple soon face certain doom.
Audience: MPAA rating G.
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Report This May 11, 2013
  • SpaceAngel_007 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Cleopatra is clearly something of a white elephant where the behind-the-scenes stuff is far more interesting than the movie itself._____ Filming for Cleopatra began in early 1960, but due to repeated set-backs (usually caused by Elizabeth Taylor) it took nearly 3 years to complete._____ Cleopatra was a $44 million production. If you adjust that amount to catch up with today's inflated prices it would be equivalent to about $300 million US, which would make this film one of the most expensive films of all time._____ Elizabeth Taylor (who was paid $7 million for her role) had a total of 65 costume changes throughout this film's 4 hour running time. This averages Taylor changing into a new costume about every 4 minutes._____ Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton began their well-publicized love/hate relationship on the set of Cleopatra. These 2 would go on to make 11 more pictures together - Most of them complete duds._____ I could go on with more of this stuff, but I think you get the picture._____ All-in-all - Cleopatra may be something of a bona-fide curiousity piece, but, in my books, it could never, ever be considered a great motion picture.

Report This Mar 25, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I've tried to sit through this a couple of times, beginning to end, when I was younger. Couldn't do it. I finally did, and I remember why I had such a hard time. It's kind of boring. Four hours (condensed from Mankiewicz's original five hour and twenty minutes!) of tedious bickering, little action, and many millions of dollars in (astonishing) production value and Liz's costume changes. The lead characters were terrific, however: Landau and Harrison; McDowall, even though his role was rather small; the two scandal-making lovebirds, (Taylor & Burton), kinda like a Brangelina of fifty years ago with a helluva lot more class and talent. They (especially she) were superb. Bottom line -- it had its moments, and I'm glad I watched it. Not sure if I ever will again though.

Report This Apr 08, 2011
  • Bookworm39 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great Movie. Scenes, Costumes, Acting was the best. I think Elizabeth Taylor should have had an Academy Award for her performance in this.

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Report This Mar 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Cleopatra (to Julius Caesar): "...My breasts are full of love, and life. My hips are round and well apart. Such women, they say, have sons."

Report This Mar 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Agrippa (of Cleopatra): "...Well versed in the natural sciences and mathematics. She speaks seven languages proficiently. Were she not a woman, one would consider her to be an intellectual."

Report This Mar 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Octavian: "...Is that how one says it? As simply as that... "Mark Antony is dead."... "Lord Antony is dead!" "The soup is hot." "The soup is cold." "Antony is living." "Antony is dead." SHAKE WITH TERROR WHEN SUCH WORDS PASS YOUR LIPS... for fear they be untrue, and Antony'd cut out your tongue for the lie! And if true, for your lifetime, *boast* that you were honored to speak his name, even in death. The dying of such a man... must be shouted... screamed! It must echo back from the corners of the universe! "ANTONY IS DEAD!! MARK ANTONY OF ROME LIVES NO MORE!!!"

Report This Mar 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Cleopatra ('sampling' a basket of 'figs'): "The taste of these, they say, is sharp; swiftly over... How strangely awake I feel... as if living had been just a long dream... Someone else's dream... Now finished at last... But to now... begin a dream of my own... which will never end... Antony... Antony, wait..."

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