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Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

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This adaptation of the George Bernard Shaw play chronicles the relationship between the great Emperor Caesar and Cleopatra, renowned Queen of Egypt, when the Roman ruler helps the young Egyptian woman gain control of her country. Vivien Leigh and Claude Rains star as the titular characters.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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United Artists

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Cast

Claude Rains
as Julius Caesar
Vivien Leigh
as Cleopatra
Stewart Granger
as Apollodorus
Flora Robson
as Ftatateeta
Ernst Thesiger
as Theodotus
Cecil Parker
as Britannus
Raymond Lovell
as Lucius Septimus
Anthony Eustrel
as Achillas
Ernest Thesiger
as Theodotus
Anthony Harvey
as Ptolemy
Olga Edwardes
as Charmian
Stanley Holloway
as Belzanor
Michael Rennie
as Quayside Centurion
James McKechnie
as Wounded Centurion
Esme Percy
as Major Domo
Leo Genn
as Bel Affiris
Alan Wheatley
as Persian
Antony Holles
as Vociferous Boatman
Charles Victor
as Lazy Porter
Ronald Shiner
as 2nd Porter
John Bryning
as Quayside Sentinel
John Laurie
as Auxiliary Roman Sentinel
Charles Rolfe
as Auxiliary Roman Sentinel
Hamilton Humphries
as Auxiliary Roman Sentinel
Felix Aylmer
as 1st Nobleman
Ivor Barnard
as 2nd Nobleman
Valentine Dyall
as Longboat Centurion
Charles Deane
as Guardsman
Peter Lord
as Special Roman Centurion
Shaun Noble
as A.D.C. to Achillas
Robert Adams
as Nubian Slave
Gerald Case
as Roman Tax Officer
Gibb McLaughlin
as High Priest
Leonard Llewellyn
as Palace Official
Louis de Wohl
as Palace Official
Bernard de Gautier
as Assistant Palace Official
Jean Simmons
as Harpist
Russell Thorndike
as Harpist's Master
Basil Jayson
as Mithridates
Peter Bayliss
as A.D.C. to Mithridates
Abdul Wahab
as Cleopatra's Attendant
Chick Alexander
as Major Domo's Attendant
Gerhardt Kempinski
as Angry Boatman
Charles Minor
as Boatman
Andre Belhomme
as Boatman
Don Kenito
as Singing Boatman
Bill Holland
as Special Roman Officer
Don Stannard
as Special Roman Officer
Ronald Davidson
as Special Roman Officer
Peter Lilley
as Special Roman Officer
Gordon Gantry
as Special Roman Officer
Lee Anne Davis
as Lady-in-Waiting
Ingrid Puxon
as Lady-in-Waiting
Virginia Keiley
as Lady-in-Waiting
Mary Midwinter
as Lady-in-Waiting
Mary Boyle
as Lady-in-Waiting
Daphne Day
as Lady-in-Waiting
Zena Marshall
as Lady-in-Waiting
Agnes Bernelle
as Lady-in-Waiting
Jean Richards
as Lady-in-Waiting
Princess Roshanara
as Palace-Steps Ladies and Lady Councillor
Anthony Holles
as Vociferous Boatman
Margaret Fernald
as Palace-Steps Ladies and Lady Councillor
Mary Macklin
as Palace-Steps Ladies and Lady Councillor
Louise Nolan
as Palace-Steps Ladies and Lady Councillor
Rita Lancaster
as Palace-Steps Ladies and Lady Councillor
Dorothy Bramhall
as Palace-Steps Ladies and Lady Councillor
Jackie Daniels
as Palace-Steps Ladies and Lady Councillor
Toni Gable
as Palace-Steps Ladies and Lady Councillor
Babette Griffin
as Palace-Steps Ladies and Lady Councillor
Margaret Harvey
as Palace-Steps Ladies and Lady Councillor
Moya Iles
as Palace-Steps Ladies and Lady Councillor
Kay Kendall
as Palace-Steps Ladies and Lady Councillor
Hilda Lawrence
as Palace-Steps Ladies and Lady Councillor
Anne Sassoon
as Palace-Steps Ladies and Lady Councillor
Renee Gilbert
as Palace-Steps Ladies and Lady Councillor
Olwen Brooks
as Palace-Steps Ladies and Lady Councillor
Anne Moore
as Palace-Steps Ladies and Lady Councillor
June Black
as Other Ladies-in-Waiting
Jill Carpenter
as Other Ladies-in-Waiting
Jeanee Williams
as Other Ladies-in-Waiting
Alice Calvert
as Other Ladies-in-Waiting
Lifla Erulkar
as Other Ladies-in-Waiting
Jean Hulley
as Other Ladies-in-Waiting
Cathleen Nesbitt
as Egyptian Lady
Ena Burrill
as Egyptian Lady
Marie Ault
as Egyptian Lady
Cyril Jervis Walter
as Councillor
Roy Ellett
as Councillor
Cecil Calvert
as Councillor
Harry Lane
as Councillor
Paul Croft
as Councillor
Roy Russell
as Councillor
Wilfrid Walter
as Councillor
Alan Lewis
as Councillor
Charles Paton
as Councillor
George Luck
as Councillor
H.F. Maltby
as Councillor
Hylton Allen
as Councillor
Eve Smith
as Colored Fan Girl
Nantando de Villiers
as Colored Fan Girl
Roma Miller
as Colored Fan Girl
Bernard Bright
as Ethiopian Prince
B.Q. Alakija
as Ethiopian Prince
Bob Cameron
as Bucinator
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Critic Reviews for Caesar and Cleopatra

All Critics (3)

Inexcusably dull in parts, while in other parts capturing some of Shaw's sharp wit.

Full Review… | July 20, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An uneven version of George Bernard Shaw's witty play, starring Vivien Leigh and Claude Rains

Full Review… | April 9, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

... a plodding, stagebound production that fails to find a visual complement to Shaw's words and scenes...

Full Review… | March 25, 2010
Seanax.com

Audience Reviews for Caesar and Cleopatra

½

Claude Rains downplays the "Caesar, Furious Worldbeater" reputation here, and rather accents a gentle father chiding his errant child allure as the most famous Roman meets the most famous Egyptian (Vivian Leigh), who is only a child of 13 at first meeting. Bernard Shaw's script then entertainingly (curiously, too) highlights the father - daughter dynamics in this most lush of British productions, most forgotten of the Cleopatra portrayals, and inconsiderately so. It is better than you might think, and veddy British as well.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Once upon a time, there was an Egyptian princess, Cleopatra(Vivien Leigh), who was in a fierce battle with her brother Ptolemy(Anthony Harvey) for the kingdom. Just before the Romans are about to arrive to start eating babies, Cleopatra wanders out into the desert to make a sacrifice at a sphinx where she meets Julius Caesar(Claude Rains) who makes a fine point not to believe everything she hears. However, he would like the Egyptian treasury opened to him. "Caesar and Cleopatra" starts well enough and continues on firm ground through its first act in dramatizing the life of human immortals as portrayed by living legends. That's supported by George Bernard Shaw's witty dialogue in smartly showing how empires extend their power. Just as much, there are some things that never change like sibling relations and the insanity of Egyptian politics, albeit under completely different circumstances. But after all of that promise, the movie sputters to a halt, just about the time when the usually reliable Stewart Granger shows up(not his fault, really). So, instead of thought provoking debates, we get lots of talk until everybody just decides to call it a day.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Vivien Leigh is my favortie female actor easy and Gone with the Wind is one of my all time favorites. It's underrated and very overlooked. Brilliantly casted, well-shot, and beautifully written. It only falls short of being slow most times and the ending wasn't that good. Nice music and costumes and sets, Vivien Leigh is amazing as always!

Keiko  Aya
Keiko Aya

Super Reviewer

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