Cleopatra - 1963 (G)


Year of Release: 1963
Rated: G
Director(s): Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Approx. Running Time: 248 minutes
Format(s): VHS
My Rating: 1 Star (Out of 5)

From Back Cover:

Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison star in this sweeping tale of power and betrayal-the legendary story of the Queen of the Nile and her conquest of Julius Caesar and Marc Antony. Here is the truly unforgettable portrayal of the beguiling beauty who seduced two of Rome's greatest soldiers and changed the course of history. Breathtaking in scope and grandeur, the picture won Oscars for cinematography, art direction, costumes, sets and special effects. In the tradition of epic romantic adventures like Braveheart and Titanic comes the greatest spectacle of all...CLEOPATRA.

My Comments:

Sucks. I love a good swords-and-sandals flick and this one is supposed to be a "classic" of the genre. Plus it stars Richard Burton, who was a damn fine looking man in his day. I bought this movie fully expecting to like it, but to be honest, I never finished watching it. I found myself bored to tears and had to turn it off. Academy Award winning film or not (though one should note that none of those awards were for acting, direction, screenplay, or any other major category), over four hours of this crap is unbearable to sit through.

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