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452 Ratings


Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
United Kingdom, Switzerland, 1963


The story of Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt who wants to stabilize her power by using the tensions in the Roman Empire. Caesar visits Egypt, has an affair with her, and returns to Rome.

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Cleopatra Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1964 | 4 wins including: Best Cinematography, Color

1964 | 5 nominations including: Best Picture

It cost $44 million to make, but it seems an awful lot of that money ended up on screen at least. Cleopatra’s triumphal entry into Rome is a sequence as yet unmatched for sheer pageantry and absurd decadence. The fact that, strictly speaking, it isn’t essential for moving the story forward actually makes it the film’s most essential sequence.
March 04, 2016
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Despite its huge budget and elaborate production, Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s colossal four-hour-long spectacle, from 1963, is a personal artistic project of the highest order. It’s also a heartbreaking melodrama that runs on the real-life chemistry between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
October 13, 2014
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A camp melodrama if ever there was one, its opulent gaudiness and the unimpeachable craftsmanship of its production design now more than ever keep the eye enthralled through even the more plodding longeurs of its 243 minute running time.
July 11, 2013
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