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Julius Caesar (1970)





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Charlton Heston, Jason Robards and John Gielgud are among the stars of this adaptation of Shakespeare's drama of political intrigue in ancient Rome.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Furnival
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 11, 2004


Charlton Heston
as Marc Antony
John Gielgud
as Julius Caesar
Jason Robards
as Marcus Brutus
Richard Chamberlain
as Octavius Caesar / Au...
Diana Rigg
as Portia
Jill Bennett II
as Calpurnia
Christopher Lee
as Artemidorus
Alan Browning
as Marullus
Norman Bowler
as Titinius
Andrew Crawford
as Volumnius
Peter Eyre
as Cinna the Poet
Edwin Finn
as Publius
Derek Godfrey
as Decius Brutus
Michael Gough
as Metellus Cimber
Robert Keegan
as Lucilius
David Neal
as Cinna The Conspirato...
John Moffatt
as Popilius Lena
Ron Pember
as Cobbler
John Tate
as Clitus
Damien Thomas
as Pindarus
Liz Geghardt
as Calpurnia's Maid
Ronald McGill
as Caesar's Servant
Linbert Spencer
as Caesar's Servant
as The Soothsayer
Trevor Adams
as Caesar's Servant
Robin Chadwick
as Octavius' Servant
Christopher Cazenove
as Antony's Servant
Roy Stewart
as Lepidus' Slave
Derek Hardwick
as 3rd Plebian
Ken Hutchison
as Plebian #1
Michael Keating
as Plebian #2
Derek Hardwicke
as Plebian #3
Michael Wynne
as Plebian #4
David Leland
as Plebian #5
Ronald Magill
as Servant to Caesar
Jill Bennett
as Calpurnia
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Critic Reviews for Julius Caesar

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 10, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Handsome production, but pales to Brando's take.

October 16, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

July 23, 2005

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Julius Caesar

This was actually not too bad. It was an okay movie adaptation to Caesar and while much better than the Romeo and Juliet one, it isn't generally speaking, good. It has some pretty good acting and some good looking set pieces but like all Shakesphere lit, it's draggy, long, and sometimes just plain boring. But overall not too bad.


A few good performances and the always classic source material can't save this adaptation, with an embarrassingly bad acting from Jason Robards and cheap production values.

Michael Lown

I watched this in sophomore Literature class in high school. A phenomenal cast. How often do you see Richard Chamberlain, Christopher Lee and the late, great Sir John Gielgud play essentially supporting roles to Charlton Heston, Richard Johnson (who plays a phenomenal Cassius), Diana Rigg, Jason Robards, Robert Vaughn and a whole slew of great actors and actresses? This film had to be a dream for director Stuart Burge. It was like someone handed him the keys to the fastest Ferrari on the planet. Mind you this is a straight adaptation of the Shakespeare play right down to the verbiage and delivery (although I am eternally grateful Burge decided NOT to institute Iambic Pentameter in the dialogue. That would've been REALLY annoying with this cast). But this cast is so immensely and insanely strong they make it work anyway and you really don't notice. Worth watching if you truly consider yourself a student of cinema and of once-in-a-lifetime casts.


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