Alexander the Great (1956)




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The short life and quick death of Alexander the Great is recounted in this literate historical epic. Decked out in a wig, Richard Burton stars as the Grecian warrior who conquered the known world while only in his twenties -- then wept because there were no more worlds left to conquer.

Rating: G
Genre: Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Rossen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 2004
United Artists


as Alexander

as Philip of Macedonia

as Barsine

as Darius

as Attalus

as Parmenio

as Memnon

as Demosthenes

as Aristotle

as Cleitus

as Philotas

as Aeschines

as Nectanebus

as Pausanias

as Arsites

as Spithridates

as Perdiccas

as Harpalus

as Hephaestion

as Aristander

as Drunken woman

as Messenger

as Hephaestion
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Critic Reviews for Alexander the Great

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December 20, 2004
New York Post
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New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Chicago Reader
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It might be a literate epic, but it's a long and heavy slog.

Full Review… | January 29, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Alexander the Great


Colorful pageant of a film would have benefited from some judicious trimming, by about 1/2 an hour.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Another boring epic I saw on TV. I didn't see the whole thing, but some scenes were okay. Overall an okay movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Huge overblown epic about the ancient world has Burton as Alexander the Great who fails to really bring the history to life or draw you in so you care about the well known character one way or the other. March was unrecognizable as Alexander's father Philip but stood out in the role. It plays like a soap opera with the disputes between ancient nations, between son and parents, and between leader and subjects. I kept expecting the story to go further. I had recently read a biography of Alexander the Great by Agnes Savill that seemed fairly balanced. There is hardly anything about the military strategy used, the few battle scenes lack action or energy, and the influence of Aristotle and the way that Alexander's culture spread is scarcely mentioned.

Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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