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Cleopatra (1963)

aka Cleopatra

Details: 192 mins · English · G (USA)


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The film opens in 48 BC shortly after the Battle of Pharsalus where Julius Caesar has defeated Pompey. Pompey flees to Egypt, hoping to enlist the support of the young Pharaoh Ptolemy XIII and his sister Cleopatra.

Caesar pursues and meets the teenage Ptolemy and the boy's advisers, who seem to do most of the thinking for him. As a gesture of 'goodwill', the Egyptians present Caesar with Pompey's head, but Caesar is not pleased; it is a sorry end for a worthy foe. As Caesar settles in at the palace, Apollodorus, disguised as a rug peddler, brings a gift from Cleopatra. When a suspicious Caesar unrolls the rug, he finds Cleopatra herself concealed within and is intrigued. Days later, she warns Caesar that her brother has surrounded the palace with his soldiers and that he is vastly outnumbered. Caesar is unconcerned. He orders the Egyptian fleet burned so he can gain control of the harbor. The fire spreads to the city, burning many buildings, including the famous Library of Alexandria. Cleopatra angrily confronts Caesar, but he refuses to pull troops away from the fight with Ptolemy's forces to deal with the fire. In the middle of their spat, Caesar begins kissing her.

The Romans hold, and the armies of Mithridates arrive on Egyptian soil. The following day, Caesar passes judgment. He sentences Ptolemy's lord chamberlain to death for arranging an assassination attempt on Cleopatra, and rules that Ptolemy and his tutor be sent to join Ptolemy's now greatly outnumbered troops, a sentence of death as the Egyptian army faces off against Mithridates. Cleopatra is crowned Queen of Egypt. She dreams of ruling the world with Caesar. When their son Caesarion is born, Caesar accepts him publicly, which becomes the talk of Rome and the Senate.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1963-06-12 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1963-07-31 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 1963-09-05 : Argentina

Theatrical : 1963-09-25 : France

Theatrical : 1963-10-11 : Finland

Theatrical : 1963-10-24 : West Germany

Theatrical : 1963-11-02 : Japan

Theatrical : 1963-11-18 : Sweden

Theatrical : 1963-12-02 : Spain

Theatrical : 1963-12-05 : Australia

Theatrical : 1963-12-06 : Australia

Theatrical : 1964-01-30 : Italy

Theatrical : 1964-04-29 : Denmark

Theatrical : 1964-11-06 : Norway

Theatrical : Turkey

Theatrical : 1977-02-12 : Japan

Theatrical : Soviet Union

DVD : 2006-02-07

DVD : 2001-04-03

2009-02-10 : Germany

2010-04-25 : United States of America