Julius Caesar (1953)

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Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed this exquisite version of William Shakespeare's play. Louis Calhern is Julius Caesar, whose conquests have enabled him to rise to the status of Roman dictator. But his ascent to almost God-like status has given pause to influential members of the Roman Senate. Chief among them is Cassius (John Gielgud), who is troubled by Caesar's popularity and dictatorial status. Convinced that Caesar's assassination would be the best thing for Rome, he conspires with Casca (Edmond O'Brien) and the influential Brutus (James Mason) to plot Caesar's murder. Despite dark omens, Caesar walks confidently into the Roman Senate, where he is stabbed to death by the conspirators. His companion Marc Antony (Marlon Brando) is shocked and runs to the corpse of his beloved friend. He agrees to support Brutus while an unruly mob gathers in front of the Senate doors, having heard rumors of Caesar's assassination. Brutus convinces the mob that Caesar's death was for the good of Rome, preventing him from forming a monarchy. Then Antony appears, determined to destroy the conspirators; he delivers a speech that subtly damns the assassins. With the mob against them, the conspirators are forced to flee Rome and Antony organizes an army against them. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
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Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Deborah Kerr
as Portia
James Mason
as Brutus
John Gielgud
as Cassius
Marlon Brando
as Marc Antony
Michael Pate
as Flavius
Ned Glass
as Cobbler
Louis Calhern
as Julius Caesar
George Macready
as Marullus
Stephen Roberts
as Dardanius
Greer Garson
as Calpurnia
Ian Wolfe
as Ligarius
Rhys Williams
as Lucilius
Edmund Purdom
as Strato
Steve Roberts
as Dardanius
Michael Ansara
as Pindarus
John Hardy
as Lucius
Oliver Blake
as Citizen of Rome
Paul Guilfoyle
as Citizen of Rome
John Doucette
as Carpenter
Richard Hale
as Soothsayer
Michael Tolan
as Officer to Octavius
Alan Napier
as Cicero
William Phipps
as Servant to Antony
Jo Gilbert
as Citizen of Rome
Lawrence Dobkin
as Citizen of Rome
John Lupton
as Varro
John Parrish
as Titinius
John Hoyt
as Decius Brutus
O.Z. Whitehead
as Cinna the Poet
Dayton Lummis
as Messala
Douglass Watson
as Octavius Caesar
Lumsden Hare
as Publius
Joseph Waring
as Clitus
Preston Hanson
as Claudius
Chet Stratton
as Servant to Caesar
Tom Powers
as Metellus Cimber
David Bond
as Citizen of Rome
Morgan Farley
as Artemidorus
Jack Raine
as Trebonius
Ann Tyrrell
as Citizen of Rome
Alvin Hurwitz
as Citizen of Rome
Tom Browne Henry
as Volumnius
Donald Elson
as Citizen of Rome
John O'Malley
as Citizen of Rome
Victor Perry
as Popilius Lena
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Critic Reviews for Julius Caesar

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (6)

Over Caesar's corpse Brando begins to mix grief, rage, cunning, and ferocity; his reading of the funeral oration is so quakingly angry you understand why it would rouse the rabble.

Full Review… | January 17, 2016
New Yorker
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The best Shakespeare that Hollywood has yet produced.

Full Review… | July 9, 2008
TIME Magazine
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A tense, melodramatic story, clearly presented, and excellently acted by one of the finest casts assembled for a film.

Full Review… | July 9, 2008
Variety
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Unimaginative but intelligent.

Full Review… | July 9, 2008
Chicago Reader
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A remarkably successful stab at Shakespeare.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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A stirring and memorable film.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Julius Caesar

This adaptation of Shakespeare is, like the play, more interested in the post Caesar world than the title character. Brando gives us the most realistic Antony speech that I have ever seen. Mason and Gielgud are tremendous as the villains.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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½

The best treatment of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, by far. Hats off to Ms. Kerr for her riveting portrayal. John's Gielgud's "Et Tu Brute?!" was the finest of the many versions out there.

Christian C
Christian C

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A good production of Caesar, the cast does a good job. It could have been more exciting or interesting, but for a presentation of a classic like this it's good.

Aj V
Aj V

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