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Cleopatra (1963)

  PG HD Closed Captioning

Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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Plot Summary

Richard Burton, Rex Harrison and Elizabeth Taylor star in one of the greatest screen spectacles ever made - the story of the Queen of the Nile and her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. The film is distinguished by superb performances from Burton and Harrison (nominated for an Oscar), but at its center is Elizabeth Taylor in one of the most glamorous roles of her career. Astounding in scope and grandeur, the picture won Oscars for cinematography, sets and special effects. It's famous moments include moviedom's most flamboyant entrance - Cleopatra's dazzling arrival in Rome. Bolstered by a talented supporting cast and utterly stunning backdrops, here is a truly epic portrayal of the woman who conquered two of Rome's greatest soldiers, affected the course of history, and became synonymous with beguiling beauty - Cleopatra.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 31
  • Fresh: 16
  • Rotten: 15
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It is a surpassing entertainment, one of the great epic films of our day. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Sad to say, however, the deep-revolving, witty Mankiewicz fails most where most he hoped to succeed. As drama and as cinema, Cleopatra is raddled with flaws. It lacks style both in image and in action. – TIME Magazine, Mar 23, 2011

Fresh: Cleopatra is not only a supercolossal eye-filler (the unprecedented budget shows in the physical opulence throughout), but it is also a remarkably literate cinematic recreation of an historic epoch. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: [A] general muddle. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


And who does better for Caesar than Rex Harrison?


They don't make em like this anymore. Richard Burton is amazing in his role as Mark Antony.


This movie is definitely not for the weak, and by weak, I mean one has to be strong enough to sit through 4 hours of over the top fluff. Sure it's long, and the script could have been put better, but hey, this is the first film for cinema super couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Regardless of its flaws, I love this movie, though i can definitely see why some people don't. Watch it and decide.

Cleopatra (1963)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1963

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