• Cleopatra (1963)

Cleopatra

Release Date: June 12th, 1963

DVD Release Date: April 3rd, 2001

G |4 hr 3 min

Plot Summary

"Cleopatra" is a lengthy, sprawling, spectacular love story, helmed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, depicting Cleopatra's manipulation of Julius Caesar and Marc Antony in her ill-fated attempt to save the Egyptian empire. This threesome in one of the most famous and gloriously powerful love triangles ever to be captured on film.

Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown, George Cole, Hume Cronyn, Cesare Danova, Kenneth Haigh

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Quest, Soldier, Love triangle, Love, Passionate

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    IGN

    The film is absolutely beautiful, with some of the most gorgeous sets and images ever committed to celluloid. The three main actors are just incredible - the first two hours are carried almost solely on Rex Harrison's charisma and screen presence. Later, Burton perfectly portrays a deeply flawed man who will do whatever is necessary for love. Elizabeth Taylor anchors the entire film. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Cleopatra is not a great movie. But it is primarily a vast, popular entertainment that sidesteps total greatness for broader appeal. This is not an adverse criticism, but a notation of achievement. show more

  • 50
    Chuck BowenSlant Magazine

    Cleopatra is, disappointingly, neither a visionary masterpiece nor a fascinating catastrophe, but something altogether more banal: an unusually intimate epic that falls very flat. show more

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Awards

Nominated Music (Music Score - Substantially Original)
Winner Costume Design (Color)
Winner Art Direction (Color)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Sound
Winner Cinematography (Color)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Special Effects
Nominated Best Picture