Cleopatra (1934)




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In this film, Queen Cleopatra uses her feminine wiles to become sole ruler of Egypt. By turns kittenish and cold-blooded, Cleopatra wraps such otherwise responsible Roman worthies as Julius Caesar and Marc Antony around her well-manicured little finger.
Classics , Drama
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Paramount Pictures


Claudette Colbert
as Cleopatra
Warren William
as Julius Caesar
Henry Wilcoxon
as Marc Antony
Joseph Schildkraut
as King Herod
Ian Keith
as Octavian
Gertrude Michael
as Calpurnia
C. Aubrey Smith
as Enobarbus
Ian Maclaren
as Cassius
Arthur Hohl
as Brutus
Leonard Mudie
as Pothinos
Irving Pichel
as Apollodorus
Eleanor Phelps
as Charmian
Claudia Dell
as Octavia
Harry Beresford
as The Soothsayer
Jayne Regan
as Lady Vesta
William Farnum
as Lepidus
Florence Roberts
as Lady Flora
William V. Mong
as Court physician
Robert Warwick
as Gen. Achillas
George Walsh
as Courier
Bruce Warren
as Scribe
Edgar Dearing
as Murderer
Wilfred Lucas
as Roman Greeting Antony
Jack Mulhall
as Roman greeting Antony
Hal Price
as Onlooker at procession
Richard Alexander
as Gen. Philodemas
Dorothy White
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Cleopatra

All Critics (8)

... DeMille's lavish but stilted film... is all production value and no style.

Full Review… | April 9, 2009
Parallax View

Despite many incongruous elements, like treating the text as soap opera and the dialogue as gossip, this is one of DeMille's most enjoyable films, superior to Mankiewicz 1963 version, in large part due to Claudette Colbert's sexy interpretation.

Full Review… | March 9, 2008

DeMille at his most DeMille.

November 1, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

It's fun to watch -- no, it's stunning to watch, because of all the money that DeMille and company threw at the screen.

Full Review… | September 12, 2004
Goatdog's Movies

Typical overblown DeMille "historical" spectacle.

July 30, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The master showman Cecil B. DeMille's Cleopatra (1934) is a modernistic 1930s costume spectacle that reshapes the Cleopatra story

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Cleopatra

For a DeMille pageant film this one is not too over the top with Claudette suitably seductive in the lead although the 1930's eyebrows are a distraction. The production design and costumes are the real attraction here. Not a great film, not terrible but if you are looking for full on DeMille debaunchery cloaked in piety watch The Sign of the Cross instead.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

For my money the best cinematic Cleo, baby, Cleo, and the reason is the sensuous, languorous smoky turn given by Claudette Colbert who, along with the ever conspicuous DeMille, conspire to seduce us into sublime and decadent oblivion ... and it doesn't seem as bad as my preacher says it is. Opulence that makes Liz come off as a frumpy housewife at a golf club social.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The only reason to watch this movie is for Colbert. Otherwise, it's just the same old story we've seen over and over in other movies about Cleopatra, nothing new.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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