Julius Caesar 1953

Directed By: Joseph L. Mankiewicz Starring: John Gielgud

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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


Studio Warner
SKU 202971893
UPC 012569659186
UPC 14 00012569659186
Format DVD
Release Date 11/7/2006
Rating NR
Ancient World
Period Piece
Stage Play
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
Plot Summary
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.
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,"Brando gives an electrifying performance." -- Grade: A- 11/17/2006 p.106
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
John Gielgud
Cast & Crew
Greer Garson - Star
Louis Calhern - Star
John Gielgud - Star
Michael Pate - Star
Marlon Brando - Star
James Mason - Star
Deborah Kerr - Star
Edmond O'Brien - Star
George Macready - Star
John Houseman - Producer
Edward C. Carfagno - Art Director
Joseph Ruttenberg - Cinematographer
John D. Dunning - Editor
Joseph L. Mankiewicz - Writer
Miklos Rozsa - Composer
Cedric Gibbons - Production Designer
Joseph L. Mankiewicz - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1953
Catalog ID 65918
UPC 00012569659186
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 121 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Name Cedric Gibbons
Award Category Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (b&w)
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1953
Award Giver Academy Awards
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Brando,Marlon
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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