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Cleopatra (1963)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Apr 3, 2001
 R2: 15 Apr 2002

Budget $44,000,000

Running Time
3 hours, 12 minutes

Country UK, USA, Switzerland

Production Companies
20th Century Fox (as Producers Pictures Corporation), MCL Films S.A., Walwa Films S.A.

Studio 20th Century Fox, Walter Wanger

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Epic, Love Triangle, Period Piece, Murder, Biography, Revenge, Love, Betrayal

Tagline: The motion picture the world has been waiting for!

Plot: This epic, spectacular love story of Egyptian queen Cleopatra and the Roman leaders Julius Caesar and Marc Antony has dazzled audiences with its elaborate sets, daring costumes, and thrilling sea battle since its release, but these can't compare with Elizabeth Taylor as the mesmerizing Cleopatra, struggling to save her Egyptian empire. When this film was released, it was known as much for its opulent filmmaking as it was for its huge budget overruns--it took two years to film because of Taylor's various ailments and a major script rewrite by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, moving the shooting studio from England to Italy, and replacing the original director and the actors to play the Roman leaders--as well as the very public and tempestuous offscreen affair between costars Taylor and Richard Burton, who duplicated their romance on the silver screen as the doomed Cleopatra and her true love, Marc Antony. Despite all the hubbub surrounding the film, audiences realized that its spectacular story could not be denied, and it has remained a classic ever since. The triple-star power of Taylor, Burton, and Rex Harrison (playing Julius Caesar) radiates throughout this lengthy production, and Mankiewicz, a consummate magician at depicting the shadings of human emotion, directed this threesome in

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 Directed by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
All About Eve, Sleuth, Guys and Dolls
 Written by
Cleopatra's World: Alexandria Revealed
Elizabeth Taylor
The Flintstones, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Richard Burton
The Longest Day, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Where Eagles Dare
Rex Harrison
My Fair Lady, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Doctor Dolittle
Martin Landau
North by Northwest, Ed Wood, The X Files
Pamela Brown
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Becket, Lust for Life
George Cole
Scrooge, Mary Reilly, Chronicle History or King Henry the Fifth
Hume Cronyn
The Pelican Brief, Shadow of a Doubt, Cocoon
 Music By
Alex North
Spartacus, Good Morning, Vietnam, A Streetcar Named Desire



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