Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Charlton Heston
Director: Stuart Burge Cast: Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
, Jason Robards Jr.
Jason Robards Jr.
, John Gielgud
John Gielgud
Stuart Burge

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Overview

Except for the omission of several passages in the original play, this 1970 adaptation of Julius Caesar faithfully retells Shakespeare's account of events surrounding the assassination of Caesar in 44 B.C. The film begins when Caesar John Gielgud is at the height of his power after conquering Pompey "the Great" in a civil war. Important senators worry that Caesar means to become king, diminish their power, and abolish their beloved Roman republic. Two senators, Cassius Richard Johnson and Brutus Jason Robards, hatch an assassination plot involving other disenchanted Roman citizens. Although a soothsayer warns Caesar of trouble ("Beware the ides of March") and his own wife reports ominous signs ("A lioness hath whelped in the streets; and graves have yawn'd, and yielded up their dead"), Caesar decides to go to the senate on the ides (March 15). Upon arrival, the conspirators greet him with daggers. In his funeral oration, Mark Antony Charlton Heston extols Caesar and incites the citizens against Brutus and the other conspirators. Brutus and Cassius flee Rome with their armies, but Antony and two other sympathizers track them down with their armies. When the tide turns against the conspirators, Brutus and Cassius commit suicide. As does Shakespeare's play, the film leaves the discerning viewer wondering who was the real villain -- Caesar, because of his ambition for power, or Brutus, because of his underhanded plot to maintain the status quo.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2018
UPC: 0827421033642
Original Release: 1970
Source: Cheezy Flicks Ent
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 37,232

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlton Heston Marc Antony
Jason Robards Brutus
John Gielgud Julius Caesar
Richard Johnson Cassius
Robert Vaughn Casca
Richard Chamberlain Octavius Caesar
Diana Rigg Portia
Jill Bennett Calpurnia
Christopher Lee Artemidorus
Alan Browning Marullus
Norman Bowler Titinius
Andrew Crawford Volumnius
David Dodimead Lepidus
Peter Eyre Cinna The Post
Derek Godfrey Decius Brutus
Michael Gough Metellus Cimber
Paul Hardwick Messala
Laurence Harrington Carpenter
Thomas Heathcote Flavius
Robert Keegan Lucilius
Preston Lockwood Trebonius
John Moffatt Popilius Lena
Andre Morell Cicero
David Neal Cinna The Conspirator
Steven Pacey Lucius
John Tate Clitus
Ken Hutchison Actor
Michael Keating Plebian
David Leland Plebians
Linbert Spencer Actor
Alba The Soothsayer
Christopher Cazenove Servant to Antony
Robin Chadwick Servant to Octavius
Edwin Finn Publius
Derek Hardwick 3rd Plebian
Ewan Hooper Strato
Ron Pember Cobbler
Roy Stewart Lepidus's Slave
Damien Thomas Pindarus
Michael Wynne 4th Plebian
Ronald Magill Servant to Caesar

Technical Credits
Stuart Burge Director
Robin Archer Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Boyd-Perkins Editor
Robert Furnival Screenwriter
Ken Higgins Cinematographer
Michael J. Lewis Score Composer
Michael Lewis Score Composer
Cedric Messina Producer
Julia Trevelyan Oman Production Designer
Maurice Pelling Art Director
Eric Boyd Perkins Editor
Cliff Sharpe Makeup
Peter Snell Producer
Anthony B. Unger Executive Producer
Henry T. Weinstein Executive Producer

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