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Cleopatra


 

 

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Director: Franc Roddam
Producer:

Robert Halmi Jr, Robert Halmi Sr, Steve Harding, Dyson Lovell, Steven North

Writers:

Margaret George (novel)
Stephen Harrigan
Anton Diether

Release date:

23 May 1999 (USA) 

Duration:

First shown in 2 parts

Total 177 minutes

Cast:

 

  • Marc Antony - BILLY ZANE
  • Julius Caesar -
    TIMOTHY DALTON
  • Octavian - RUPERT GRAVES
  • Cleopatra - LEONOR VARELA
  • Epiphanes -
    RICHARD ARMITAGE

 

Introduction

This 1999 television mini-series was based on the book Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George. It was shown first on television in two parts and then released on videotape and DVD. Richard plays Epiphanes and appears alongside Rupert Graves in a few scenes (see screencap gallery) but he does not have any lines.


 

Summary

Cleopatra, the famed Egyptian Queen born in 69 B.C., is shown to have been brought by Roman ruler Julius Caesar at age 18. Caesar becomes sexually obsessed by the 18 year old queen, beds her, and eventually has a son by her. However, his Roman followers and his wife are not pleased by the union. In fact, as Caesar has only a daughter by his wife, he had picked Octavian as his successor. The out-of-wedlock son of Cleopatra is seen to be a threat to his future leadership. Thus Brutus and other Roman legislators plot the assassination of Caesar.

Caesar's loyal general, Marc Antony, and Octavian then divide up the Roman empire. Antony takes Egypt and soon takes up the affair with Cleopatra. However, Octavian soon launches an attack on Antony and ultimately defeats and mortally wounds him.

Rather than permitting herself to be humiliated by Octavian, Cleopatra sends her son away to India and she commits suicide by permitting the deadly asp to bite her.

(source: IMDB)

 

 

 

 

Links

Cleopatra on IMDB

Cleopatra on Wikipedia

Official Cleopatra production website

Cleopatra Screencap Gallery

Cleopatra on Amazon UK

Cleopatra on Amazon US

Cleopatra on Play.com

 

 

Last updated 16 March 2011