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Plot, Details & Awards

Cleopatra

(1963)
G In Theaters 06/12/1963 , 246min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Paul S. Fox Won
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Ray Moyer Won
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Herman A. Blumenthal Won
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Rex Harrison Nominated
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Costume Design Nominated
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Walden O. Corcoran Nominated
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Cinematography Leon Shamroy Won
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Jack Martin Smith Won
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Hilyard M. Brown Won
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Dorothy Spencer Nominated
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Costume Design Vittorio Nino Novarese Won
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Maurice Pelling Won
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Cinematography Irene Sharaff Won
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Emil Kosa, Jr. Won
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Alex North Nominated
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Elven Webb Won
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Walter Scott Won
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Walter Wanger Nominated
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Boris Juraga Won
1963 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction John De Cuir Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1963 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz Nominated
1963 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Roddy McDowall Nominated
1963 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Rex Harrison Nominated
1963 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Walter Wanger Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1963 National Board of Review Best Actor Rex Harrison Won

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