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Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz     Starring: John Gielgud
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202971893
UPC: 012569659186
UPC 14: 00012569659186
Rating: NR
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Film adaptation of Shakespeare's play chronicling the aftermath of Caesar's assassination at the hands of Marc Anthony, Cassius and Brutus.Running Time: 121 min.Format: DVD MOVIE
Editor's Note
William Shakespeare's multifaceted dialogue, layered upon complex human motivations, gives actors a chance to sink or shine, and in this film adaptation of JULIUS CAESAR, Marlon Brando, John Gielgud, and James Mason prove themselves well up to the task, creating one of the most watchable versions of the tragic play. Warnings for Caesar to beware the Ides of March heighten a tension already made urgent by Cassius's exhortations to his fellow senators to assassinate Caesar before he gains more power. Controlled camera shots maintain the vintage stagelike feel of many scenes, reminding the viewer of JULIUS CAESAR's prestigious history, while characters flowing from one scene to the next break the play out of its past and into the more dynamic world as only the film drama can. The Oscar-nominated Brando's (as Marc Antony) powerful "Friends, Romans, countrymen" speech is the centerpiece of this masterwork, throbbing with pain, indignation, and secret intentions. This adaptation of the monumental play will reassure viewers that Shakespeare can be brought to marvelous, vibrant justice on the screen; it garnered an Academy Award |nomination for Best Picture.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/7/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 121 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1953
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 65918
Video UPC UPC: 00012569659186
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Greer Garson
Video Cast Info Louis Calhern
Video Cast Info John Gielgud
Video Cast Info Michael Pate
Video Cast Info Marlon Brando
Video Cast Info James Mason
Video Cast Info Deborah Kerr
Video Cast Info Edmond O'Brien
Video Cast Info George Macready
Video Cast Info John Houseman - Producer
Video Cast Info Edward C. Carfagno - Art Director
Video Cast Info Joseph Ruttenberg - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info John D. Dunning - Editor
Video Cast Info Joseph L. Mankiewicz - Writer
Video Cast Info Miklos Rozsa - Composer
Video Cast Info Cedric Gibbons - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Joseph L. Mankiewicz - Director
Plot Summary
The grandeur of the Roman world and powerful jealousy thunder together in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's adaptation of William Shakespeare's famous JULIUS CAESAR. Scheming Cassius (John Gielgud), envious of the honors and love conferred upon Caesar by the Roman people, convinces Brutus (James Mason) and other senators that Caesar must be slain before he accepts the ultimate honor of king. But loyal Marc Antony (Marlon Brando), calling forth "Friends, Romans, countrymen," exhorts the Roman people to his cause of vindicating Caesar and driving the bloody senators from the city, transforming them from hunters into the hunted in this tense, riveting portrayal of the classic tragedy.

Professional Reviews

USA Today
"...Well acted and accessible....[Calhern] projects a lot of weary sophistication as Caesar..." 12/22/1989 p.3D

Entertainment Weekly
"The results proved that Brando could handle poetic dialogue with the best of them..." 07/16/2004 p.29

Entertainment Weekly
"Brando gives an electrifying performance." -- Grade: A- 11/17/2006 p.106

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Brando,Marlon
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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